Maine’s first lady takes sum­mer­time wait­ress job

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BOOTHBAY HAR­BOR—The wife of Maine’s gover­nor has taken a sum­mer­time job as a wait­ress at a dock­side restau­rant cater­ing to tourists to sup­ple­ment the cou­ple’s in­come.

The Maine gover­nor’s salary is the low­est in the United States at $70,000 a year and Maine first lady Ann LePage said she is work­ing at a seafood restau­rant in Boothbay Har­bor to put aside a lit­tle cash to buy a car. “Oh honey, it’s all about the money,” she told lo­cal TV broad­caster WGME this week. On her Face­book page, she wrote: “Hav­ing a great time. Great food, great view, and great ser­vice!”

LePage, 58, who sports a T-shirt, jeans and an apron at work, said cus­tomers are of­ten taken aback when they see her at the restau­rant.

“Peo­ple ex­pect some­thing dif­fer­ent of you be­cause of whom I am mar­ried to, the gover­nor,” she told a cus­tomer in com­ments played by the broad­caster.

At a town hall event this month, Gover­nor Paul LePage men­tioned his wife’s job, say­ing she was fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of their daugh­ter who made about $28 an hour last year as a food server. “She (my daugh­ter) did so well that, my wife, the first lady, is wait­ress­ing this sum­mer,” he said in a video played by the TV sta­tion. The gover­nor’s of­fice was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment.

The Repub­li­can gover­nor has faced crit­i­cism for com­ments such as say­ing out-of-state drug deal­ers were com­ing to Maine and im­preg­nat­ing “white girls.” Crit­ics called the com­ments racist, while LePage told re­porters he had mis­spo­ken. Ac­cord­ing to po­lit­i­cal web­site Bal­lot­pe­dia, as of 2014, the top paid gover­nor was in Penn­syl­va­nia with a yearly salary of $187,818.— Reuters

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