The Olsen Affair

Summer is normally a quiet time in Maine politics. The legislature is out of session. Much of the electorate is either on vacation or busy working for those who are. Even political junkies tend to take a break, log off Twitter, and try to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.

But on July 20, Augusta was rattled by a sizeable political explosion. A cabinet member had angrily resigned and wasn’t going quietly. Maine’s governor stood accused of bullying and having declared the state’s largest city to be his enemy. Malfeasance at a state agency was alleged. The Blaine House, it seemed, was on the precipice of a damaging scandal.

Or was it?

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