What has Maine Gov. Paul Lepage Done This Time - Catch All

This is the thread for all the non-political platform "entertainment" stuff LePage says and does. Telling people to kiss his butt, storming off during press conferences, challenging fellow lawmakers to duels saying he's going to shoot them between the eyes, etc.

Here's a sampling of his best-ofs (there's much more out there):

Here are some of LePage's other "greatest hits":

"Lovely people, but you've got to have an interpreter."
That was LePage over the weekend discussing the accents of Indian immigrants while criticizing a referendum proposal to raise Maine's minimum wage to $12. He also said he couldn't understand workers "from Bulgaria." And he made a crude remark about President Barack Obama, saying Obama stands for "one big-ass mistake, America."

"Tell them to kiss my butt."
That was LePage's response to criticism from the state's NAACP after he opted not to attend Martin Luther King Jr. ceremonies in Bangor and Portland back in 2011. To be fair, LePage did attend a MLK breakfast in the town of Waterville.

"As your governor, you're gonna be seeing a lot of me on the front page saying 'Gov. LePage tells Obama to go to hell.'"

That was LePage's warning shot to the White House during his 2010 campaign.

"The only thing that I've heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards."

That was LePage in 2011 dismissing concerns about the chemical BPA in plastic bottles.

"The minute we start stifling our speech, we might as well go home, roll up our sleeves and get our guns out."

That was LePage fuming after he was barred last May from speaking at a state Appropriations Committee meeting.

"What I am trying to say is the Holocaust was a horrific crime against humanity and, frankly, I would never want to see that repeated. Maybe the IRS is not quite as bad — yet."

LePage made the unfortunate comparison in 2012 during his weekly radio show and later apologized to anybody he offended, "especially the Jewish community."

Maine State Sen. Troy Jackson "claims to be for the people, but he's the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline."

LePage said this in 2013 after Jackson gave the Democratic response to the governor's budget veto.

"If you want a good education go to private schools. If you can't afford it, tough luck. You can go to the public school."

LePage said that in 2012 while discussing school choice during a talk at a local community college.

on and on....

brouhaha wrote:

"If you want a good education go to private schools. If you can't afford it, tough luck. You can go to the public school."

LePage said that in 2012 while discussing school choice during a talk at a local community college.

This just makes me sad more than angry. This has been the unofficial Republican party line for my lifetime (40+ years) and when I see the state of schools my kids go to I am just depressed.

brouhaha wrote:

LePage asked to resign over threatening voice mail to legislator.

That voicemail....wow. Just......wow.

But it isn't like people didn't know he was like this so I don't see the grounds for him to resign. The majority of the people in his state want him.

Whoa. Is Paul LePage actually Al Swearengen?

This guy is a piece of work.

farley3k wrote:
brouhaha wrote:

LePage asked to resign over threatening voice mail to legislator.

That voicemail....wow. Just......wow.

But it isn't like people didn't know he was like this so I don't see the grounds for him to resign. The majority of the people in his state want him.

About resigning— I liked how he offered to resign as governor if Gattine resigned. If I were Gattine, I'd take him up on that so fast.

About the majoriry of the people in Maine wanting him, are you talking about the 39 percent share of the vote in the last election? I know what you mean though. So much LePage koolaid being mixed with Allen's Coffee Brandy it ain't even funny.

I don't know how much attention this thread will get, but it's worth noting he's basically the Zuul to Trump's Gozer. The voting bloc for LePage's path to election and Trump's win in the GOP primary (winning on the backs of extremists while the mainstream splits the vote between multiple candidates) have a lot in common. The 'tough' 'no-nonsense' language and utter disdain for racial and cultural diversity are identical. On that note, you missed this gem about Maine's drug use issues:

"“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty – these types of guys – they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home... Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.”

What makes me laugh was those were the nicknames for two my ex-wife's friends and her brother... all pasty white boys... but still willing to sling dope on occasion.... so, I dunno.

(But yeah, totally racist on his part, obviously.)

imbiginjapan wrote:

I don't know how much attention this thread will get, but it's worth noting he's basically the Zuul to Trump's Gozer. The voting bloc for LePage's path to election and Trump's win in the GOP primary (winning on the backs of extremists while the mainstream splits the vote between multiple candidates) have a lot in common. The 'tough' 'no-nonsense' language and utter disdain for racial and cultural diversity are identical. On that note, you missed this gem about Maine's drug use issues:

"“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty – these types of guys – they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home... Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.”

You nailed it with that analogy. I think by LePage seeing Trump's rise is enabling him to voice his true feelings with expectation of getting away with it. It's almost like he's auditioning for a leading part in the Trump crazy train.

brouhaha wrote:

Allen's Coffee Brandy

Now I know what kind of monsters would re-elect a crypto-fascist toad like LePage.

Y'all need more Warcraft candidates, people!

In a State House press conference, the governor restated previous comments about the numbers of black and Hispanic drug dealers who are bringing heroin into Maine and likened them to the enemy in a war.

“Look, the bad guy is the bad guy, I don’t care what color he is,” LePage said. “When you go to war, if you know the enemy and the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, then you shoot at red.”

LePage then turned to House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, an officer who serves as a military lawyer in the Maine Air National Guard and sat in on the press conference. “Don’t you – Ken (Fredette) you’ve been in uniform? You shoot at the enemy. You try to identify the enemy and the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in, are people of color or people of Hispanic origin.”

OG_slinger wrote:

In a State House press conference, the governor restated previous comments about the numbers of black and Hispanic drug dealers who are bringing heroin into Maine and likened them to the enemy in a war.

“Look, the bad guy is the bad guy, I don’t care what color he is,” LePage said. “When you go to war, if you know the enemy and the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, then you shoot at red.”

LePage then turned to House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, an officer who serves as a military lawyer in the Maine Air National Guard and sat in on the press conference. “Don’t you – Ken (Fredette) you’ve been in uniform? You shoot at the enemy. You try to identify the enemy and the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in, are people of color or people of Hispanic origin.”

The reason for the press conference is interesting. Rep Gattine called him a racist. LePage responded with the following voice mail. Spoilered for language.

Spoiler:

"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*cksucker. 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 c*cksucker. You… I need you to… Just friggin’. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you."

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imbiginjapan wrote:
OG_slinger wrote:

In a State House press conference, the governor restated previous comments about the numbers of black and Hispanic drug dealers who are bringing heroin into Maine and likened them to the enemy in a war.

“Look, the bad guy is the bad guy, I don’t care what color he is,” LePage said. “When you go to war, if you know the enemy and the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, then you shoot at red.”

LePage then turned to House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, an officer who serves as a military lawyer in the Maine Air National Guard and sat in on the press conference. “Don’t you – Ken (Fredette) you’ve been in uniform? You shoot at the enemy. You try to identify the enemy and the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in, are people of color or people of Hispanic origin.”

The reason for the press conference is interesting. Rep Gattine called him a racist. LePage responded with the following voice mail. Spoilered for language.

Spoiler:

"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*cksucker. 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 c*cksucker. You… I need you to… Just friggin’. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you."

Preeeeetty sure he was hammered when he left that message.

I should note, I suppose, that LePage's life trajectory is entirely different from Trump's. He has far more in common with the demographic that he represents than Trump does. Trump is an opportunist and a panderer. LePage really did come from a poor background and has had to work blue-collar and service jobs much of his life. In some other universe he'd represent the common American made good, but unfortunately he's also perpetually angry and dismissive of the experiences of others.

Paul LePage Says He’s Considering Resigning

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) raised the possibility that he will step down before his term is up in two years, as he faces increasing criticism from members of his own party.

“I’m looking at all options,” LePage said Tuesday in an interview on the radio station WVOM, as first reported by the Portland Press Herald. “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 added.

#LePalin

Then he backtracks

Some six hours later, in a tweet posted from his Twitter account, LePage backed away from any suggestion that he was considering resignation.

“Regarding rumors of resignation, to paraphrase Mark Twain: ‘The reports of my political demise are greatly exaggerated,’ ” his office tweeted.

And apologizes:

“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.”
Chumpy_McChump wrote:

Preeeeetty sure he was hammered when he left that message. :?

I went back and listened to it again with that in mind and wow, that makes sense.

Meanwhile, The Portland Press Herald put together Paul LePage's Greatest Hits.

Paul LePage insists he’s staying put

But he will stop talking to the press

Speaking to reporters, LePage vowed that he would that he would never again speak to the media, whom he accused of stoking controversies.

“I will no longer speak to the press ever again after today,” he said.

“And I’m serious. Everything will be put into writing. I’m tired of being caught in the gotcha moments.”

That is a fine public figure the people of Maine have.

Sorry, I meant shameful, horrible, and unfit for office public figure....

farley3k wrote:
Speaking to reporters, LePage vowed that he would that he would never again speak to the media, whom he accused of stoking controversies.

“I will no longer speak to the press ever again after today,” he said.

“And I’m serious. Everything will be put into writing. I’m tired of being caught in the gotcha moments which are entirely of my own making, and less "gotcha" moments (which tend to be slipups in the heat of the moment or being taken out of context) and more "I'm a freakin' moron" moments.”

I think that's how the quote ended.