Maine's first lady takes summertime waitress job to pick up cash

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June 25 (Reuters) - 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 on Monday: "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.

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Ann LePage chats with diners after taking their order at McSeagull's restaurant, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in Boothbay Harbor. The wife of America's lowest paid governor has taken on a summer waitressing job near her and husband's Boothbay home, and she's saving up for a car. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
First lady Anne LePage, right, joined by daughter Lauren, left, acknowledge applause as she is introduced before the start of the State of the State address Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at the Statehouse in Augusta, Maine. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, Gov. Paul LePage, with his wife, Ann LePage, at left, gives a thumbs-up while being introduced as Maine's next governor during his inauguration in Augusta, Maine. During his first year in office, LePage was backed by the first Republican-controlled legislature since the 1960s. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage and his wife, Ann LePage, acknowledge well-wishers prior to voting, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Waterville, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
AUGUSTA, ME - JANUARY 7: Gov. Paul LePage dances with his wife Ann at the Governor's inaugural party at the Augusta Civic Center, Wednesday, January 7, 2015. (Photo by Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Staff photo by David Leaming -- Ann LePage, wife of Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage, speaks about the campaign on Tuesday. (Photo by David Leaming/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Maine First Lady Ann LePage shares a laugh with fellow runner at the starting line before the 6th annual Run for the Fallen in Portland on Sunday, August 25, 2013. (Photo by Carl D. Walsh/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Maine First Lady Ann LePage approaches the finish line with others during the 6th annual Run for the Fallen in Portland on Sunday, August 25, 2013. (Photo by Carl D. Walsh/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
FREEPORT, ME - DECEMBER 22: Elaine Greene, one of the Freeport Flag Ladies, get a hug from First Lady Ann LePage in Freeport on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Nearly 150 people gathered in on Main Street in Freeport on Tuesday morning to show support for the Freeport Flag Ladies, who have waved flags at passing motorists every Tuesday morning for 14 years. A small conroversy developed recently after Freeport teacher Liza Moore held signs in the same area where the Flag Ladies stand, supporting refugees and urging Americans to be more accepting of outsiders. (Photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, ME - NOVEMBER 4: Gov. Paul Lepage and First Lady Ann LePage, second from right, stand in line to vote Tuesday November 4, 2014 at their polling place in Augusta. (Kennebec Journal photo by Andy Molloy/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, ME - NOVEMBER 4: Gov. Paul Lepage greets First Lady Ann LePage after preparing his ballot Tuesday November 4, 2014 at their polling place in Augusta. (Kennebec Journal photo by Andy Molloy/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
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"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.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas., Editing by Franklin Paul)


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