AUGUSTA, Maine — A spokeswoman for Maine Gov. Paul LePage says no domestic violence allegations involving a former adviser who got a job at the White House were ever brought to the governor’s attention during the ex-staffer’s employment.

David Sorensen resigned his job as a White House speech writer Friday after his former wife accused him of abuse. He vehemently denies the claims.

LePage spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz says neither LePage nor his wife had any knowledge of a violent or abusive relationship involving Sorensen, who in addition to working for the Republican governor, served as spokesman for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Rabinowitz says the governor’s staff also was unaware of any allegations.

LePage witnessed and experienced abuse as a child and has made fighting it a signature policy initiative.

This story has been corrected to show Sorensen’s first name is David, not Paul.

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