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Hey Maine Governor Paul LePage, Pissing Off Stephen King Is Probably a Bad Idea

By Cindy Davis | Celebrity | March 23, 2015 | Comments ()

By Cindy Davis | Celebrity | March 23, 2015 |


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Maybe it’s just my silly superstition talking, but knowing Stephen King’s brain to a certain degree, I wouldn’t want to piss him off. Never mind he’s been conjuring up things of nightmares for going-on 50 years; someone who’s sold that many books and got that many fans — you’re basically pissing off those people too (and you just know there’s a real Misery Chastain-ish fan out there who might not take kindly to lies about her favorite author).

Looks like Maine Governor Paul LePage wants to learn the hard way, though. During his weekly radio address LePage, discussing his plan to reduce income tax, named King as one of three prominent residents who have fled Maine to a state with lower taxes. While the author does maintain a home in Florida, King — who has been vocal about taxing the wealthy, including himself — immediately responded to the accusation, on Twitter,

Facebook:

“Governor LePage is full of the stuff that makes the grass grow green. Tabby and I pay every cent of our Maine state income taxes, and are glad to do it. We feel, as Governor LePage apparently does not, that much is owed from those to whom much has been given. We see our taxes as a way of paying back the state that has given us so much. State taxes pay for state services. There’s just no way aRound it. Governor LePage needs to remember there ain’t no free lunch.”

and with an email to the Portland Herald, saying he and his wife Tabitha “paid $1.4 million in state taxes in 2013, about the same in 2014 and annually donate $3 million to $5 million to Maine causes.”

Instead of a real acknowledgement, LePage put out a new edition of the radio address (complete with passive-aggressive spokesperson comment), without the offensive statement about King, and the author doesn’t seem inclined to let him get away with it:

Just a thought, Governor; instead of antagonizing “Maine’s most famous resident,” you might want to think about King’s ability to go dark…really, really dark.

“‘They float,’ the thing in the drain crooned in a clotted, chuckling voice. It held George’s arm in its thick and wormy grip, it pulled George toward that terrible darkness where the water rushed and roared and bellowed as it bore its cargo of storm debris toward the sea. George craned his neck away from that final blackness and began to scream into the rain, to scream mindlessly into the white autumn sky which curved above Derry on that day in the fall of 1957. His screams were shrill and piercing, and all up and down Witcham Street people came to their windows or bolted out onto their porches.

‘They float,’ it growled, ‘they float, Georgie, and when you’re down here with me, you’ll float, too-‘” (It)


Cindy Davis, (Twitter)



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