Paul LePage, the governor of Maine, has a history of being blunt. Today, the Republican governor is in hot water after leaving a harsh voicemail for Democrat lawmaker.
The battle of words started earlier this week when Gov. LePage said at a town hall that photos he’s collected in a binder of drug dealers arrested in the state showed that 90 percent of them “are black and Hispanic people from Waterbury, Connecticut; the Bronx; and Brooklyn.”
The following day a reporter asked LePage what he would say to people who are calling him a racist for comments made at the town hall. LePage asked the reporter “Who called me a racist? The reporter said he had talked to Rep. Drew Gattine (D), but didn’t say Gattine had called the governor a racist.
After storming out of the press conference, LePage called Gattine’s office and left a voicemail which has been obtained by the Press Herald.
According to the Press Herald, the governor said the following:
“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage. I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you c_ck sucker. 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 son-of-a-b_tch, socialist c_ck sucker. You… I need you to, just friggin… I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”
At a Thursday press conference, LePage didn’t back down, saying he wished it was 1825 so he could shoot Gattine in 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. 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.”
House and Senate Democrats and the Maine Democratic Party on Friday questioned LePage’s capacity to lead. LePage said he would not resign unless several of his political opponents, including Gattine, did as well.
Assistant House Democratic Leader Sara Gideon called for a “political intervention” from members of both parties to ensure either that the governor “gets the help that he needs” or that he’s removed from office.
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