LePage has participated in a conservative conference, visited President Trump and appeared on a national cable television news show while in the U.S. capital. On Wednesday, he was expected to attend a national conference there on the biofuels industry, said Peter Steele, his communications director.
LePage’s activities have fueled some conjecture that Maine’s governor could be in the running for an appointment to Trump’s administration, but Steele declined to comment on that Tuesday, saying only that Maine’s newspapers, a frequent target of the governor’s criticism, would be the last to know if LePage is offered a post.
But Steele did little to dispel any rumors. “The president is pretty impressed with all the accomplishments the governor has made over the last six years that the Maine media have ignored,” he said.
Neither Steele nor the governor’s press secretary, Adrienne Bennett, would reveal LePage’s daily schedule while he’s in Washington. Steele did disclose Tuesday that LePage would be attending the biofuels conference Wednesday. He refused to provide specific details about his attendance, except to say LePage is interested in putting Maine’s working forest back to work. Neither Steele nor Bennett has denied that LePage may be seeking a post in Trump’s administration.