A vocal supporter of Donald Trump, Gov. Paul LePage (R) of Maine suggested today that he may resign from office after five years of media-generated controversy. Speaking today in an interview on WVOM, he told a talk show, "I'm looking at all options." LePage said, "I think some things I've been asked to do are beyond my ability. I'm not going to say that I'm not going to finish it. I'm not saying that I am going to finish it."
"If I've lost my ability to help Maine people, maybe it's time to move on," he said later.
The admission came after reports that he had left an angry voicemail for a state legislator of the Democratic party in which he demanded that the lawmaker "prove that I'm a racist." According to the Portland Press-Herald, both Democrats and Republican called on LePage to make amends “for his recent actions." LePage appeared contrite today: "When I was called a racist I just lost it, and there's no excuse. "It's unacceptable. It's totally my fault." Last week, LePage contended that the vast majority of drug offenders in Maine are non-white.
The racism charge, contended the voluble LePage, resembles “calling a black man the 'N' word or a woman the 'C' word. It just absolutely knocked me off my feet." He now plans to meet with his family and advisers to make plans. He asked for constituents’ forgiveness.
Governor LePage once again apologized to state Rep. Drew Gattine (D) for leaving the angry missive on his phone line. He wants to meet Gattine face to face. However, Gattine has denied calling LePage a racist. According to reports, LePage called Gattine a “son-of-a-b*tch" and "socialist c*cksucker” in the voicemail.
Republican state Sen. Amy Volk has called for LePage's censure. According to a WGME report, Volk said: “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,” she said. “But this latest and the unwelcome attention it has brought to our state is a bridge too far.”
This was not the first time LePage's words have landed him in trouble. In January, he apologized after accusing drug dealers come to Maine from out of state to sell heroin and impregnate "white girls." Today, LePage once again focused on the alleged race of drug peddlers. "Every drug arrest, we get the story and the people, and when it comes to meth labs it's all white people from Maine," he said. "When it comes to heroin, it's just the opposite. Whether it's right or wrong and I'll leave you to make that judgment, but I spoke fact."
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