To the Editor:
From my earliest experiences in socialization, I remember one of the basic tenets was “praise in public, criticize in private.” This rule avoids the confrontations, the embarrassment and the desire to retaliate caused by the “in your face” nature of “going public.”
Later in life, I learned that another taboo is to criticize members of your own party when the chips are down. Today I discovered that there are eight Republican senators who either have a deficiency in their early education or don’t understand the seriousness of the economic challenges we face. It seems that these eight were “uncomfortable” with some of Governor Lepage’s recent actions and statements …aw.
To assuage their discomfort, they dashed down to the Bangor Daily News and made public what had already been discussed in a private meeting with the Governor (where it belonged). I find this end run to a newspaper insulting to the Governor and disgusting.
If we can’t unite behind this dedicated individual, who by the way has already engineered some impressive changes, we may as well hang it up. Those with the best interest of Maine at heart will look beyond this “tattle tale” episode and gather even closer behind our Governor, warts, wrinkles and all.
Monty Jones, Jefferson