LePage’s First DHHS Visit Caught on Tape

Film Shows Governor Introducing Himself to Staff, Systematically Destroying Institutional Memory

AUGUSTA – Secretly-recorded footage obtained today by The Sardine Report shows Gov. Paul LePage’s first visit to DHHS headquarters last year, providing important context to the current debate over his controversial restructuring proposals.

Though LePage has gained a reputation as a “bully” in some circles, this video, recorded by a DHHS worker who asked to remain anonymous, shows that he does have a softer side:

Adrienne Bennett, Gov. LePage’s spokeshuman, said the governor established “a tone of mutual respect and cooperation” at the meeting. Though it was regrettably necessary to replace several upper-level staff members with inexperienced political appointees, the transition was handled “with admirable professionalism by all involved,” she said.

Once he took office the governor replaced about 93% of the administrators who had been working at DHHS, but, strangely, allowed all the computers to stay.  Technology glitches that plagued the agency since 2001 then took over and have been running amok ever since, randomly distributing millions of dollars to gleeful medical providers and filling state workers’ email inboxes with spam for “male enhancement” pills.

To address this problem, LePage has proposed eliminating the Office of Substance Abuse and contracting its function to a private company for a net savings of about 150 bucks.




  1. Junk all the computers at once! Now that’s an interesting idea. Even better than retaining all the experienced staff. There’s no better way to retain the glorious status quo we all admire so much.

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