LePage cabinet may be on way to be oldest over

Posted: February 13, 2011 | Senator Alfond, Senator Jackson

Philip Congdon, 69, a retired engineer who worked in the LePage campaign, is the new Economic and Community Development Commissioner. Testifying before the merged labor/business committee, Congdon described his economic development background as “thin,” and – questioned by Sen. Troy Jackson about job development in Aroostook County, said, “I haven’t thought about it.”

Nonetheless, Jackson said Congdon’s honesty was “quite refreshing,” and voted with a unanimous committee in favor.

That awakened Senate Democrats, nine of whom voted against the nomination, led by assistant leader Justin Alfond, who was “dismayed” by Congdon’s “lack of preparation.” Jackson also switched after hearing from constituents. Since then, there’s been less unanimity.

Read more at the Sun Journal.