Over the weekend, Chair Rich Cebra announced that Jason Savage had accepted the position of Executive Director of the Maine Republican Party. Savage worked on LePage’s gubernatorial campaign and was most recently the head of Maine People Before Politics, ”a non-profit, membership based organization focused on improving Maine’s future by stepping out and away from the special interests,” that essentially served as the political operation of Governor Paul LePage and his policies. LePage operatives, Savage and Brent Littlefield launched the organization shortly after the Governor’s inauguration.
Former GOP Chair Charlie Webster had predicted LePage’s desire to run the organization, telling MPBN in November of 2012:
“The governor has wanted to, his folks have, particularly Brent Littlefield have really been aggressive since the governor was elected in wanting to run the party,” Webster said. “So I assume that they’ll find somebody. Who the committee chooses will be up to them but I think the governor is going to have a big play here and we’ll see how much success Mr. Littlefield has in running the party.”
Although Littlefield expressed no interest in heading up the party, the state committee did unanimously select Rich Cebra for the post, who Governor LePage endorsed.
DirigoBlue, the liberal blog that chronicles Maine Politics, is indicating that rumors are circulating of another LePage confidant joining the ranks of the Maine GOP. They hear that the Governor’s daughter and Governor’s Office employee, Lauren LePage will become the new communications director for the party.