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LePage says he's not living large despite $32K food tab

1:10 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage is taking exception with the portrayal of Blaine House kitchen spending in a newspaper story noting taxpayers footed the bill for $32,000 worth of food last year.

His spokeswoman wants people to know the governor isn't living large.

Lynn Harvey, Blaine House director, says LePage hosts dinners for military families, potential state investors and others. Last week, 70 to 80 people who help military families attended a Blaine House tea. Private groups are sometimes asked to help defray the cost.

She says LePage views the Blaine House not as the governor's mansion but as the "people's house," with more than 6,000 people coming through last year.

There's no love lost between LePage and newspaper reporters. He has repeatedly attacked newspaper coverage of his administration as biased.

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