Gov. Paul LePage has asked Attorney General Janet Mills to continue his lawsuit against her after she takes the oath of office on Jan. 2. LePage has filed a motion to extend the deadline of his appeal of a Superior Court decision to dismiss his lawsuit, which argues that Mills exceeded her authority when she joined California and several other states in bringing a federal suit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last year.

“These appeals raise important legal questions, which are not personal to us as individuals, but rather relate to the respective offices of Governor and Attorney General under the Maine Constitution,” said LePage in a statement. “The appeals should not be mooted by reason of the change in the office holders. The public interest would be served by her agreeing to have these cases continue to a decision by the Law Court by substituting the parties with the new office holders.”

Back in October, Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy noted that the Supreme Court “has repeatedly interpreted the powers of the Attorney General broadly, allowing that she may institute, conduct, and maintain all such actions and proceedings as (s)he deems necessary for the enforcement of the laws of the State, the preservation of order, and the protection of public rights.” Murphy also shot down LePage’s arguments against expanding Medicaid, and the governor has spent most of his time on talk radio calling her an “activist judge” ever since.

It’s unclear whether LePage thought Mills would seriously consider his request to “confirm” that she will pursue his appeals, but in a letter to the governor’s attorney Bryan Dench dated Dec. 11, Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Bolton said that she intends to dismiss the appeals.

Reached for comment, Mills’ spokesman Scott Ogden said the governor-elect is “focused on assembling her cabinet and moving Maine forward, not on engaging in further debate with the outgoing governor.” But while LePage has vowed to move to Florida to escape the state income tax, it’s unlikely that we will have heard the last of him when he moves out of the Blaine House on New Year’s Day. Speaking to radio host Howie Carr on Monday, the lame-duck governor said he’ll still have a summer home in Maine. He said he’s even already starting to raise money for his 2022 gubernatorial campaign and reviving his group “Maine People Before Politics” to go after Mills during her tenure.

“I’m very serious,” said LePage. “Maine, we’ve got it going in the right direction, and we have to keep it there.”