Maine governor thinking about resigning after calling lawmaker ‘little son of a b***h socialist c***sucker’By Mason White 4:32 AM September 1, 2016
|Governor Paul Richard LePage|
By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) The governor of Maine, is under fire after making a phone call to a state representative and using extremely derogatory language.
Governor Paul Richard LePage, a republican, revealed on Tuesday, that he is thinking about resigning following the offensive remarks.
LePage said that his wife and children are suffering due to his outrageous behavior. LePage admitted that he lost his temper after being called a racist by state representative Drew Gattine, a democrat.
In response to the racist remark, LePage called the lawmaker and left a message on his voicemail. The governor said that he spent years helping black people, and called Gattine a “little son of a b***h socialist c***sucker.”
LePage then told Gattine that he can publicize the voice message, which he did. Gattine denied calling the governor a racist.
Senate President Mike Thibodeau said that the governor’s comments are unacceptable. Some republicans are supporting censuring the governor for his remarks.
State Senator Amy Volk, a republican, released the following statement: “Dear friends and constituents. I share your deep concerns regarding the governor’s behavior. What I do not know is whether it is due to substance abuse, mental illness or just ignorance.
“I certainly hope that his family and small circle of close staff are considering how best to address the issue. Things definitely appear to be out of control. Leadership is considering whether we need a special session of the legislature. Some sort of censure would seem appropriate and I would welcome the ability to go on the record with a vote.
“It’s very sad that we seem to have sunk to a new low in Maine’s political environment. Up until this point, I have refrained from publicly criticizing any of the governor’s behavior both out of respect for the office and a desire to preserve a working relationship with him and his staff, but this latest and the unwelcome attention it has brought to our state is a bridge too far for me.
“If I felt the governor and I were friends, I would give him a call or sit down with him, but we do not have that sort of relationship. He has family, he has friends and he has staff, I ask them to intervene as well as they can.
“I believe in most of the governor’s policies, and I always believed his heart was in the right place, but I can no longer remain silent about his behavior and what it is costing all of us. I aim to serve with dignity and civility and I believe the people of Maine deserve those qualities in all of their elected officials.”