Emails rebuke Maine gov for labor mural removal

By DAVID SHARP and GLENN ADAMS | June 19, 2011 | 12:56 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage's decision to take down a mural depicting the state's labor history caused a local uproar and created national headlines from coast to coast.

LePage later conceded that the issue diverted attention from his legislative agenda as artists and supporters of organized labor demanded restoration of the mural.

Now the scope of the uproar is clearer.

Using Maine's Freedom of Access law, The Associated Press found that LePage's office was flooded with more than 2,500 emails, letters and faxes from March 16 through April 8. An AP review found that critics of the governor outnumbered supporters on the issue by a margin of more than 9 to 1.