Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he's considering running against an independent U.S. senator who he's accused of using state politics as a means to increase his personal wealth.

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network reports LePage said at a speech to the Orono business community Tuesday that he's giving "very serious thought" to a 2018 Senate run against former governor Angus King.

LePage, a Republican, has accused King of amassing a fortune at the expense of Maine ratepayers as a former large stakeholder in a clean energy company.

He says he's "outperformed" King as a governor and can outperform him as a senator.
LePage has expressed an interest in running against King in the past, but later backed off those statements.

He now says he's making plans for 2018.(AP)