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01-14-2011, 10:38 AM
Maine Gov. Paul LePage on NAACP: "Tell 'em to kiss my butt." (http://www.wcsh6.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=144438&catid=2&GID=AbsmrZD35FsY9YxfouoJtfBlQ5jESte30xrL4M5IT5I%3D )
SANFORD, Maine -- While attending a meeting for business leaders in Sanford, Governor Paul LePage spoke out about why he would not attend Martin Luther King ceremonies on the upcoming holiday. LePage has declined invitations from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The organization has already expressed its displeasure with the governor's plans to not attend the events.
"They are a special interest. End of story...and I'm not going to be held hostage by special interests. And if they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they'd like about it," said LePage.
LePage has an adopted son who is from Jamaica.
When LePage was asked if his non-participation is more than one instance, and rather a pattern, he replied, "Tell 'em to kiss my butt. If they want to play the race card, come to dinner and my son will talk to them."
01-14-2011, 11:55 AM
So, you have to adopt a black to speak the truth and stand your ground?
LePage family, including Paul III, Lauren, his wife Ann, adopted son Devon, and family dog Baxter.
08-20-2013, 10:05 AM
August 19, 2013
Gov. Paul LePage told a group of Republicans last week that President Obama "hates white :white: people," according to two state lawmakers who say they heard the remark directly. :clap:
The governor made the comment during a Maine Republican Party fundraiser on Aug. 12 at the home of John and Linda Fortier in Belgrade. According to the invitation, the fundraiser was a "meet and greet" for LePage and first lady Ann LePage, and an opportunity to meet Rick Bennett, the new party chairman.
The lawmakers, both Republicans, confirmed the comment when asked by a Portland Press Herald reporter but asked that their names be withheld for fear of political retribution.
01-08-2016, 01:25 PM
Maine Gov. LePage Apologizes For Racially Charged ‘Young White Girls’ Remarks
January 8, 2016 4:07 PM
AUGUSTA, Maine (CBSNewYork) – Less than 48 hours after using racially-charged language to explain his state’s drug epidemic, Maine Gov. Paul LePage at a Friday news conference explained his wording “slip-up” but accused the press of trying to twist his words. LePage had endorsed Governor Chris Christie earlier in the week.
“I made one slip-up,” LePage conceded. “I may have made many slip-ups. I was going impromptu in my brain, didn’t catch up to my mouth. Instead of saying, ‘Maine women,’ I said, ‘White women.’ I’m not going to apologize to the Maine women for that because if you go to Maine you will see we are essentially 95 percent white.”
At times defiant, the Republican governor told reporters Friday that he never intended to inject race into the debate over Maine’s heroin epidemic.
LePage is white. On Wednesday, he described out-of-state drug dealers as “guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” and said, “Half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave.”
The comment drew immediate criticism.
The state Senate Democratic leader says the comments were at best “careless or poorly stated.”
The president of the NAACP’s Bangor chapter called the remarks “sad” and “foolish.”
08-26-2016, 10:19 AM
Washington (CNN)Maine Gov. Paul LePage left an expletive-laced voicemail for a state lawmaker that goaded him to "prove that I'm a racist" after a series of controversial comments once again put the governor in the news.
LePage left the message for Democratic State Rep. Drew Gattine on Thursday, according to the Portland Press Herald, which also was the first to obtain audio of the voicemail. The uncensored audio message, also shared with CNN, contains several explicit phrases.
The bombastic Republican governor is known for his loose style, which sometimes draws criticism. He is a strong supporter of Donald Trump, and Trump's campaign recently hired his daughter to work on the race in Maine.
Earlier this week, LePage had doubled down on comments he has made in the past about the racial background of drug dealers in his state, saying that "90-plus percent ... are black and Hispanic people."
According to the Press Herald, Gattine was identified by local media as having called LePage racist, though Gattine denies doing so.
"Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage," the audio recording says. "I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you (obscene term). I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I'm a racist. I've spent my life helping black people and you little (obscene term), socialist (obscene term). You -- I need you to -- just friggin'. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you."
LePage apologized for the voicemail in a statement on Friday, but justified his reaction saying the label of racist is "the absolute worst, most vile thing you can call a person."
"I didn't know Drew Gattine from a hole in the wall until yesterday," LePage said. "It made me enormously angry when a TV reporter asked me for my reaction about Gattine calling me a racist. ... So I called Gattine and used the worst word I could think of. I apologize for that to the people of Maine, but I make no apology for trying to end the drug epidemic that is ravaging our state."
On Thursday, the governor took credit for leaving the voicemail in a later interview at his home with local media, and said he would like to challenge Gattine to a duel.
"When a snot-nosed little guy from Westbrook calls me a racist, now I'd like him to come up here because, tell you right now, I wish it were 1825," LePage said, according to the Press Herald. "And we would have a duel, that's how angry I am, and I would not put my gun in the air, I guarantee you, I would not be (Alexander) Hamilton. I would point it right between his eyes, because he is a snot-nosed little runt and he has not done a damn thing since he's been in this Legislature to help move the state forward."
Friday, LePage walked back that rhetoric, saying he was purely making a historical reference.
"Obviously, it is illegal today; it was simply a metaphor and I meant no physical harm to Gattine," LePage said.
Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett called LePage's remarks a "threat."
"Gov. LePage's direct threat against Rep. Gattine is both erratic and disturbing, and he is clearly unfit to lead our state," Bartlett said in a statement. "Not only did the governor blatantly say he would take violent action against a sitting lawmaker, he also twice invoked a homophobic slur to drive home his point. Those reckless remarks may incite others to violence. ... Paul LePage is an increasingly menacing figure who does not reflect the values of our state."
Gattine did not respond to a request for comment.
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