University of Maine political scientist Amy Fried and Kenneth Palmer, professor emeritus of political science, were interviewed for a Mainebiz article examining conflict of interest laws in Maine, a subject that has arisen over several state appointments in the LePage administration. Palmer observed that ethical issues resulting from high-ranking state officials’ personal business activities is a fairly new phenomenon for Maine, particularly as Republican Gov. Paul LePage has tended to draw from the private sector for leadership positions, in contrast to previous Democratic administrations. Fried noted that politics seemed to play a role in how several high-profile cases have been viewed, assessed and concluded.
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