Professor Emeritus Palmer Quoted in Press Herald Article on Governor

Kenneth Palmer, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald profile on Gov. Paul LePage and his leadership style. Palmer spoke about similarities between LePage and Gov. James Longley, an independent who held office between 1975 and 1979. He said the political climate Longley operated resembles the one LePage faces today. “There’s a very important strain in Maine,” Palmer said. “It’s unusual in most states, but we have it. It’s not just a policy orientation. It’s the idea that government really belongs to the citizens, not to the professional politicians.”