As we reported yesterday, the country’s worst governor Paul LePage has not had a good week. After a series of racist remarks, the provocative politician left a voicemail for a Democratic state representative who had criticized LePage for blaming illegal drugs in Maine on black people. In the voicemail, LePage called the representative a “cocksucker” and asked him to publicly release the message.
I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you cocksucker. 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-bitch, socialist cocksucker. You… I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”
Afterwards, LePage suggested he wanted to duel the lawmaker and shoot him between the eyes.
“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.”
It’s been an exciting week in Maine politics.
The statement didn’t sit well with anyone, and there have since been calls for LePage’s resignation, suggestions that he could be censured or impeached, and even rumors of an intervention. With people from his own party calling for LePage to make amends, the thin-skinned, provocative politician is not ruling out resignation, as he told a radio show this morning: “I’m looking at all options,” and later added, “If I’ve lost my ability to help Maine people, maybe it’s time to move on.”
LePage did apologize, however, although even there, he managed to stick his foot in his mouth.
“When I was called a racist I just lost it, and there’s no excuse,” the governor said. “It’s unacceptable. It’s totally my fault.” LePage said being called a racist for him was, “like calling a black man the ‘N’ word or a woman the ‘C’ word. It just absolutely knocked me off my feet.”