2013-03-06 / Maine

Health board nominee rejected by panel

AUGUSTA (AP) — A legislative committee has rejected former lawmaker Jonathan McKane, long a critic of Maine’s Dirigo Health program, to Dirigo’s board of trustees.

The Insurance and Financial Services Committee voted 8-5 on Tuesday. Democrats on the committee voted against McKane, a former Republican state representative from Newcastle. It’s unusual for committees to reject gubernatorial nominees, a move that makes rejection in a Senate confirmation vote highly likely.

The committee did vote to recommend the confirmation of Gov. Paul LePage’s two other nominees to the board — Wes Richardson of Warren and Gerry Reed of Falmouth — who are also former Republican lawmakers.

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