Friday, June 27, 2014

5 Things You Didn't Know about Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage

While known today for taking a hardline against "welfare," Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage know a thing or two about poverty (and privilege).

1. English is his second language. French is his first.

2. He is the son of a mill worker.

3. At age 11, he ran away from home after his father broke his nose. He was homeless for two years.

4. After working odd jobs through his adolescence, LePage was taken in by Peter Snowe, a state legislator and future husband to U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe.

5. LePage was rejected from Husson College because of his low SAT verbal score. Snowe convinced Husson to give LePage a written test in French. Eventually, LePage was accepted to Husson and improved his English there, eventually becoming editor of the school newspaper.

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