Maine Governor Paul LePage doesn’t know what a mute button is. The volatile politician is in hot water for leaving a hate filled voicemail message.
This past week a reporter told the governor state Representative Drew Gattine, a Democrat, called the Donald Trump supporter a racist for his racially charged comments on the drug trade in the New England state. According to the Portland Press Herald, LePage left the following voicemail on the politician’s cell phone.
‘Mr. Gattine, this is Governor Paul Richard LePage,’ the recording started. ‘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.’
LePage informed reporters of the message, continuing his tirade:
‘…I wish it were 1825,’ LePage said. ‘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.’
Gattine, the House chair of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee, participated in a press conference yesterday (26 August). He maintains he never called LePage a racist.
‘When I got that message, my first thought was that I was really glad that wasn’t in the room with him when he left it because he really sounded like somebody who was about to commit physical violence,’ he said, according to the Portland Press Herald.
The Democrat admitted he’s reached out to Maine’s attorney general to see if the threats are criminal.