BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A federal court document says Maine Gov. Paul LePage never viewed a labor mural in person before ordering the artwork removed from the state's Labor Department headquarters and setting off a firestorm of protest.
The 19-page document was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor in a lawsuit against LePage and other state officials. The suit seeks to have the mural depicting scenes in Maine labor history returned to the Labor Department building.
The Republican governor ordered the mural removed in March, saying it was biased in favor of organized labor and overlooked business contributions. The governor's spokeswoman Thursday was not immediately available for comment.
The lawsuit was filed in April on behalf of an organized labor representative, a workplace safety official, three artists and an attorney.