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Baldacci calls hospital ad 'politically motivated,' 'untrue'

4:26 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Former Governor John Baldacci is now firing back at a TV ad that blames him for the state's hospital debt.

The spot began airing on Thursday and was paid for by Maine People Before Politics, which is a political action group that supports current Governor Paul LePage.

Baldacci says he sees the ad as a 'political move' by LePage. He says the commercial isn't true aruging that his office worked to pay back hospitals even during the Recession.

Governor LePage is trying to pass a plan to pay back hospitals in Maine by using proceeds from a state liquor contract. Many democrats say the recent TV ad targeting Baldacci is all focused on taking attention away from LePage's controversial state budget plan. Baldacci says he agrees.

"He {LePage} doesn't want the discussion to be on the budget...it's everything else but the budget," Baldacci said, "and that budget is going to shift $400 million on property tax payers..and cut and eliminate general assistance. It's gonna put pressure on education and educators and teachers and teacher retirement and pensions...and I think those are the real issues that need to be discussed."

Governor LePage has said the attack ad was put together without his involvement. While there's been speculation that Baldacci will run for governor again, he says at this point he isn't sure.

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