Obviously, any executive wants to have a team in place around them, as it makes it easier to further their agenda. For a governor, this means not only immediate staff, but a supportive Legislature. To that end, and within the limits of the law, a governor will help to elect like-minded people running for the House or Senate.
More than two weeks before the inauguration, on 18 December 2010, Demeritt sent the email below to trusted members of the LePage inner circle. With the subject "incumbent protection," it outlines what then Gov.-Elect LePage's plan is, including: