Gov. LePage responds to Democrats with Vaseline comment

See the full, uncut interview with Gov. Paul LePage at WMTW.com

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday said a Democratic lawmaker, Sen. Troy Jackson of Aroostook County, “claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”

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Gov. Paul LePage promises to veto the Legislature's budget that raises sales, meals and lodging taxes Thursday during a rally in the State House's Hall of Flags.

LePage says he wants to negotiate new budget

LePage also said that Jackson has a “black heart” and that he should go back in the woods and cut trees “and let someone with a brain come down here and do some good work.”

Jackson, a logger by trade, responded by saying that though he’s often at odds with the governor, the chief executive’s bluster doesn’t bother him.

“I don’t think I have a black heart; most people know I have a good heart,” Jackson said Thursday afternoon. “I don’t have any problem with anyone saying anything about what I stand for. He can say whatever he wants; I just think it’s inappropriate the way he said it. We can be disagreeable without making nasty comments like that.”

LePage’s comments, which he made to a handful of reporters following a rally against new taxes Thursday morning in the State House, came after Jackson told reporters that the governor’s claims that legislative leaders have refused to talk to him about the biennial budget were “delusional” and “inaccurate.”

“If I get a little upset with Troy Jackson, who sits up in Aroostook County and does nothing for Maine people, look, this man this year tried to take my pension away, tried to sell the Blaine House, then he realized he didn’t own it, that’s the kind of guy he is. Let’s get beyond that and bring me someone that really wants to talk,” LePage said. “People like Troy Jackson, they ought to go back into the woods and cut trees and let someone with a brain come down here and do some good work.”

Jackson said worse things have been said about him.

“I don’t know if it’s where I’m from or the way I speak or something, but it comes up that maybe I’m not the smartest guy,” said Jackson. “I don’t know if I am or not. Maybe I am the country bumpkin, but that doesn’t bother me. What’s in my heart is good and I feel comfortable about that. I’ll go back in the woods any time I have to. That’s where I made my name in my district. … I feel comfortable that my district supports that.”

Jackson had criticized the governor earlier in the day for being unwilling to compromise or at least negotiate with legislative leaders.

“He just keeps going on with things that don’t seem to be accurate and [are] delusional,” said Jackson. “When he talks about working class people, I think that I represent working class people because that’s who I am. People I know very well are concerned very much about what the governor’s budget is going to do to them.”

Senate Majority Leader Seth Goodall, D-Richmond, defended Jackson and condemned LePage’s comments.

“We don’t condone that on the schoolyard. We don’t condone that at the kitchen table. Surely we don’t condone that from our governor,” said Goodall. “This is just a really disappointing day.”

But LePage said disappointment has been something he has dealt with throughout his term in office and that too many lawmakers from both parties “look at this as a game.”

“It’s so frustrating when you put yourself out there and you want to help people and they don’t want to,” said LePage. “This is the problem with Maine and the federal government, they think of this as a game. They look at this as, ‘OK, we’ll beat them.’ It’s not about beating them. It’s about doing the right thing. It’s about allowing Maine people to become more prosperous. It’s about getting yourself out of 50th place.”

Speaker of the House Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, called LePage’s comments “obscene” in a prepared statement.

“Gov. LePage’s language today crosses a new line, even for him,” said Eves. “I would not want my children to hear those vulgar comments from the highest official in our state on the evening news.”

Eliza Townsend, executive director of the Maine Women’s Lobby, reacted with dismay.

“In the midst of a heightened awareness of and fight against the culture of rape that is rampant in the United States, it is unacceptable that the governor of our state would make public comments such as those made by Gov. LePage earlier today about a state senator,” said Townsend in a written statement. “It is more than just being crass. To make a public statement about rape as a metaphor for political disagreement is disrespectful to victims of sexual assault and feeds into our society’s dangerous rape culture.”

LePage spokesman Peter Steele said the governor did not intend to make any link to the issue of sexual assault.

“No governor has fought more to eradicate domestic violence than Governor LePage,” said Steele. “He has zero tolerance for any kind of assault on women. To equate his remark to a ‘rape culture’ goes beyond sensational.”

The administration also distributed a transcript on Thursday of a 2011 Senate debate in which Sen. John Patrick, D-Rumford, made a similar comment about Vaseline, which was quickly objected to by a Republican senator and the Senate president.

LePage was asked by a reporter whether he was concerned that his comments about Jackson would be seen as offensive.

“Good,” said LePage before ending the interview by walking away. “It ought to because I’ve been taking it for two years.”

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You've just proven my point

You've just proven my point by your idiotic comment.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Shiny Reflecting Point

Coming off the tip of your tinfoil hat!

You liberal hypocrits amaze

You liberal hypocrits amaze me. Where was all your outrage when our Vice President Biden used the f-Bomb? Where were the editors of this, and other major Newspapers denouncing the language of the Vice President of the United States?
You have such a double standard, that you've lost all credibility commenting on this or any other issues as far as I'm concerned.

David  Cote's picture

So what's the answer that will pacify you, Dennis?

Is it "two wrongs make a right?" Do you really want to travel down that road? That type of mentality has started wars in the past. I remember Biden's slip, said in hushed tones not meant for the listening public. That would be the apple of this discussion. LePage's remarks were made with a microphone planted inches away from him and a number of people gathered around in a setting in which the Governor wanted his comments heard. That would be the orange of this same discussion. And when we compare apples to oranges there cannot be a double standard because the two events in question are vastly different. This is why Biden's comment was comical, as is most of what comes out of his mouth, and LePage's quote was abrasive and outrageous. As a LePage supporter you should feel ashamed for the man because he owes you, and the rest of us more care and respect in what he says and does. There is no reason LePage cannot handle the affairs of his office without a sense of dignity and pride, and these are qualities that can be achieved while striving for the type of administration he's been trying to build. There's nothing wrong with honest, and even blunt talk, however, that talk needs to have a modicum of good taste and diplomacy attached to it. Oh, one other thing...After Biden's tongue slipped, he profusely apologized for his language. We are still waiting on LePage's apology.

Thats right, its funny when

Thats right, its funny when ole Joe says something stupid, after all he's only second in command of the most powerful nation in the world. When Lepage says something thats distastefull, it hits the liberal main stream media at full speed. The big upset here is that he is vetoing every piece of stupid Democratic sponsored legislation. He's only holding on to his campaign promises, something very few politicians do nowadays.

David  Cote's picture

I stand by my previous post...

And this is coming from a person who DID vote for LePage and expected much more than what he has provided. So be careful with those "liberal" labels for you never know who you may be talking to.

If you DID vote for him, why

If you DID vote for him, why are you disapointed? I'd rather have a Governor who does what he said he would do, rather than a smiling politically correct politician who does the oposite. Sure he blows off a little steam once in awhile, and when he does the blood thirsty liberal news media goes wild. Did you see the uncut version of the interview that caused all the uproar, or just the filtered news clip? Check out the whole interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ely-hqmgBu0

TIMOTHY OLEHOWSKI's picture

As far as we're concerned,

As far as we're concerned, you never had any credibility to begin with.

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person

Please name the target of Biden's comments. Was it a person? Elected official? No?

I guess if the VP says big

I guess if the VP says big f-king deal, its ok in your house. Its cool because the VP said it. The tactics on the left are pathetic.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Clueless

The VP was not applying the freudian slip at another person...Simple deductive reasoning for some, not you. You are the pathetic one to even try to put those two events into any contrast.

You should talk ,calling

You should talk ,calling patriotic Americans teabaggers, instead of referring them to The Tea Party. How dare anyone stand up for their constitutional rights? Your the one who is cluless!!!!

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Meet your relatives

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

You wore the teabags profoundly, not us....

You should wear them proudly...and why is that Teabaggers are so patriotic and not dems or any other affiliates?...you are totally clueless...

The Tea potty as you say is not a legitimate party, just a bunch of dumber Repubs that are mostly morons....only thing that is good about teabags is you boil it and toss it away, like the garbage it becomes....

You wanted division and you created by being teabaggers, bear it and grin as you perform....

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here you go...

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and this one...

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Unapologetic

So the governor is unapologetic. In fact he says he's glad people are offended. So people who have been saying the democrat did it too can stop. He had the brains to apologize. In a related article Jeb Bush is coming to Maine to raise funds for the Governor. If he is still contemplating a run for the presidency in the next election he may want to rethink his association with the "Vaseline guy".

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The Governor is doing for

The Governor is doing for articulation what the Boston Strangler did for the door to door salesman.

Jason Theriault's picture

It's working

Either LePage is an ass or a genius.
Because no one is talking about Aho, and how she is a shill for businesses.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Gov. LePage responds to Democrats with Vaseline comment

Mainers, Thursday 13.06.20 15:45 ?
Sometimes the guy reminds us of Alicia Silverstone
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alicia_Silverstone
Just not as cute
" Clueless " actress ?
Certainly you remember h e r ?
¿ Paul who ?
hth ? /s Dr. Dosh :D

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George Orwell said it

George Orwell said it correctly, "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

Kudos to LePage for calling em as he see em.

Calling 'em as he sees 'em is

Calling 'em as he sees 'em is not telling the truth. It's shooting from the hip without thinking. And if your vision is distorted, as LePage's vision is blurred by his stupidity (I have never called a governor a moron -- whatever his party -- til this one took office).

LePage thinks he models himself on Chris Christie. Difference is that Christie's vision is clear and he at least takes the time to understand what he sees before he calls it. Which is probably why he's fallen out of favor with the Teapublican faithful. He is outspoken with intelligence, and sometimes that doesn't mesh with the narrow conservative orthodoxy.

The only orthodoxy that LePage's shoot from the hip style meshes with is the deluded souls such as yourself whose vision of the world is as distorted as his.

Jason Theriault's picture

BS

That's not calling it as you see it, thats just being a jerk. Put it this way, if it is inappropriate to say around children, you should not use that language in public, let alone as the governor.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Bob ? Post a picture . It's

Bob ? Post a picture . It's relatively painless and EZ to do •
" The medium is the message " alt : " The medium is the massage " - Marshall McCluhan
ref : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan
" I want my TV ! " -- Gov. Lepage
hHAhahahAH ! ? /s, Steve

Kim Gerry's picture

name calling

I get so annoyed when my kids do that crap. Why do LePage and people mostly on the right think name calling is an effective way of communicating. Not the best way of getting your point across. I am not Dem and I am certainly can not align myself with the right after the clown car the whole GOP has morphed into in the last few years. Regardless of what side of the stupid fence I am sitting on I would like to think that a man who holds office should be held to the same standard as any customer service professional. After all holding office is one of the highest forms of customer service. Mr. Lepage's customers are the people of Maine. As one of the Residents Paul is supposed to represent I I would certainly hope that he could use basic common sense in office and try to remember his manners.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Kim , You just gotta'

Kim , You just gotta' understand . The guy has the IQ of . .an oyster ;) /s Steve

RONALD RIML's picture

"A Little Dab Will Do Ya"

....except in the Guv's case........

Steve  Dosh's picture

Ron ? No KY Jelly ® in here ,

Ron ? No KY Jelly ® in here , ƒriend /s Steve :D

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Any more proof needed?????????????

It would seem that all day today, there has been one thing after another regarding our esteemed Governor. I'll be honest, there's just to many stupid things to choose from today. Until the Vaseline story, that did it for me. All I can think about is the poor MS. Bennett having to field all those Vaseline jokes. Then provide a professional mature answer for the press.
As hard as this is to keep in mind, we are talking about a "elected government official. A man who should have the where for all to solve all our problems, a pillar of the community, someone we can all look up to. A shining example of everything Maine is made of. Someone who respects his fellow man for better of worse. I'll pause for a second here, so those of you getting nauseous can get some air........
Unfortunately what we actually have doesn't quite add up to all that. This guy actually told a State Senator, to "go back where he came from and chop wood". He would instead like someone with a brain to take his place.
Seeings how the Governor has already bought up the idea, could we send him back to Mardens and replace him with someone with a brain?
How much more proof do we need to see that Paul LePage is about two bricks shy of a load. I feel that his lack of intelligence is both a health and financial threat to myself and every other person in this State. His overall decorum is an embarrassment to every citizen of Maine.
If this man is allowed to continue down this destructive path, I see nothing but hardship for a lot of people, people who deserve better.
It's time to start devising a plan of action to save the State, we need a recall provision, and we need it now. The longer we wait, the harder it will be, to dig ourselves out from under LePage's Legacy of Disaster............

Keep 'em.

He's making us in New Hampshire look good.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Frank ? Just quoting one of

Frank ? Just quoting one of the comedians on a recent Blue Comedy Tour , " You can't argue with stupid ." hth ? /s Steve

AL PELLETIER's picture

I can't wait!!

To see how Adrienne Bennet is going to explain "what he meant to say".
Try this Adrienne, "The governor meant that certain lubricants have to be applied to some democrat sponsored bills to get them passed".
Best I can come up with Sweet Heart.

Steve  Dosh's picture

AL ? Ce qu'il dit que

AL ? Ce qu'il dit que personne ne veut connaître, dans n'importe quelle langue, avec une quantité de rotation
hth ( Hope This Helps ) /s Steve :D

Jason Theriault's picture

OK, what about the second part

LePage - "It ought to because I’ve been taking it for two years."

Explain that?

Steve  Dosh's picture

JT ? 4:11 hst ? Thursday We

JT ? 4:11 hst ? Thursday
We do not know " what he has been taking . " or where . ....
Jerry's on to something -->
U la lá , /s, Ben Dover , ( a.k.a. Steve Dosh )
btw - Outta' here or the internet cop will most assuredly boot me •

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Ben Dover? I thought you were

Ben Dover? I thought you were Pat Magroin. 0O:-)

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

No lube for you Paul

Governor....is that your foot we see tapping in the bathroom stall?

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

LePage surfaces again like floater

Paul LePage 'Vaseline' Remark Slams Democrat Troy Jackson

AUGUSTA, Maine — The often-brash governor of Maine is at it again, this time using a sexually vulgar phrase to describe how he says a Democratic lawmaker is taking advantage of the people.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/paul-lepage-vaseline_n_3473822....

155 comments and growing.....

What a find!

I just sent this to the Daily Mail.

It's a mighty fine day when I find a gem worthy of the Mail!

---SWL

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

LePage being analistic

Seems the Guv has a certain orifice on his mind when it comes to penetrating his mind for some remarks pertaining to his likable duties. He may be thinking more about Santorum as his lubrication for his types of procedural conduct.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

LePage will eat crow, with the egg on his face

But, He doesn't care whether he makes himself out to be a horsesass or an embarrassment to the people of the state of Maine. This fool came from the streets and again lays down his bullish unintelligent dialect to be the worthless person that he really is.

All he knows how to do is veto and you can train a monkey to do what he does.

It is time for this fool to take a hike on the Appalachian trail and get lost.

Bob White's picture

Senate kills bill to allow dental hygiene therapists to open up

Just looking at the comment section of that story and I see none of you and your left handed people are up in arms. I don't see any " I'm embarrassed to be a Mainer" or any other insults. You may want to go to that story and start with the insults. Oh I see I re-read the story its only cheaper dental fees NOT FREE and the Democraps said it was ok. If only you would use the half of brain you have left after all those drunken nights maybe you could see more then your CNN left wing crap.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Hey SFB

Haven't had a drink in 30 years , more than what you can say what you have done with your poor sorry life.....

Bob White's picture

That's the best you have?

That's the best you have? Still no insulting comments for those losers that failed to help the poor with dental care. BTW what I've done with my life is none of your business but I will say if your mother had a son like me should have been proud to say it.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Sure it wasn't yours....

We might have been Brothers but the guy in front of my dad had the exact change.

Bob White's picture

Senate kills bill to allow dental hygiene therapists to open up

Just looking at the comment section of that story and I see none of you left handed people are up in arms. I don't see any " I'm embarrassed to be a Mainer" or any other insults. Surprise!!!!!! Oh I see I re-read the story its only cheaper dental fees NOT FREE.

TIMOTHY OLEHOWSKI's picture

How much more of this crap do

How much more of this crap do we have to take from this blowhard? Does anybody know if there's a recall petition I can sign? He won't talk to newpapers in Portland, Augusta or Waterville, he totally disrespects hard-working people from the County, etc., etc. Every damn thing that comes out of his mouth is sewage. I'm sure we could get rid of this peckerhead if we can just get the ball rolling.

Bob White's picture

Senate kills bill to allow dental hygiene therapists to open up

Just looking at the comment section of that story and I see none of you left handed people are up in arms. I don't see any " I'm embarrassed to be a Mainer" or any other insults. Surprise!!!!!! Oh I see I re-read the story its only cheaper dental fees NOT FREE.

Jason Theriault's picture

To be honest

Only two people commented on that, left or right. Shows that most people here probably have access to dental services.

Bob White's picture

My point Jason these left

My point Jason these left hand cry babies only comment when it is the Republican side stopping progress. Wouldn't that help the same people that their great people try so hard to help?

Jason Theriault's picture

No

They're up in arms because what LePage said would get him FIRED from any other job.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Jason, I knew Mickey Marden ( RIP.)

And if Lepage would have conducted himself in such a deplorable, disrespectful manor Mickey would have canned his ass. He disgraces our state, disrupts the flow of well thought out bipartisan legislation and has no clue about what the majority of us Mainers want and need.
How much more embarrassment and disruption in state services must we endure?

Jason Theriault's picture

How much more embarrassment and disruption in state services mus

Question>How much more embarrassment and disruption in state services must we endure?
Answer>501 days worth

Jason Theriault's picture

He needs a talk show.

He should replace Howie Carr or some other AM radio talk show. Then he can put his potty mouth to good use.

Joe Flanders's picture

LePage vs Wood cutters

As someone who comes from a family of wood choppers I can honestly say that every wood chopper I know has more brains and sense than Paul LePage.

JOHN GUY's picture

Wow

Another brainless quote from our governor.....He needs a spokesperson.....

JOHN GUY's picture

Wow

Another brainless quote from our governor.....He needs a spokesperson.....

JOHN GUY's picture

Wow

Another brainless quote from our governor.....He needs a spokesperson.....

JOHN GUY's picture

Wow

Another brainless quote from our governor.....He needs a spokesperson.....

He needs a ball gag to go

He needs a ball gag to go with his vaseline...

It does get a little

It does get a little sickening listening to all these whining liberals constantly crying
because our Governor wont agree to higher taxes. Hold firm Governor because 40% of us tax payers in Maine are for you. And 40% will get you a second term.

JOHN GUY's picture

It does get a little...

I made a mistake, I voted for this man, and I must say I am very embarrassed to say that I did so... And btw I was republican, until I changed to independent.... NOT the tea baggers either.

Jason Theriault's picture

He needs to respect the office

The problem is that he needs to use language that would be appropriate for any Mainer to hear. I don't want my 6 year old telling people to go to hell, or for him to ask why would someone need vaseline when they are being screwed.

Jason Theriault's picture

Sorry

My comment got deleted. I guess I have to watch my mouth more than the governor does. =)

Sorry SJ staff.
(Not my fault, LePage started it)

LOL

I saw it... hahaha... For the three minutes it was up!

Thomas Hamilton's picture

embarrassed

Once again I am embarrassed by the governor to be a resident of Maine. Dose he enjoy being crude and boorish or does he think he is high-minded and witty?

David  Cote's picture

Oh boy!

How ironic that the Governor does not possess a governor for his tongue. There are certain ways to relay one's thoughts. As a Governor, LePage crosses the line too many times.

Yes, but

Yes, but he provides endless mirth for us living across the border in New Hampshire

He's much better than Saturday Night Live!... And we haven't had a governor in the Granite State like him since Meldrim Thomson... of my childhood... decades ago.

I hope he keeps at it..

.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Benjo Ditch Paul

He is destined to continue his wrath of gutter talk since he came from the gutter and leeched off of the State of ME for aid, while good Democrats folks took him in and feed and housed him and he continues to be the true person he is, an excrement that is circling the bowl for that final flush to the filtration plant.

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