LePage announces re-election campaign at private fundraiser

Republican Gov. Paul LePage announced Tuesday he would seek a second term in office during a private fundraising event in Kennebunk, according to a state senator who attended.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced Tuesday during a private campaign fundraiser he would seek a second term.

Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Hampden, said LePage confirmed he was running during the event hosted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Cushing said the announcement came in front of a group of about 100 people but LePage was unmistakeably clear that he would seek a second term in the Blaine House.

LePage was reticent about running last week after the Democratic majority in the state Legislature, with help from some Republican lawmakers, doled out a veto override on a state budget LePage rejected for tax increases.

"There was a group of people here committed to doing everything they can to see him re-elected," Cushing said of the private, $2,000 per person event.

Cushing said he attended the $150 per person general reception afterward where LePage made the announcement.

Members of Maine's press corps were not invited to attend the event at the waterfront Nonantum Resort in the coastal town where Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush, has a seaside retreat at Walker's Point.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was a co-host of the event and former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe was listed as an event sponsor but was not present Tuesday.

Ben Grant, chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, said it wasn't surprising LePage decided to make the announcement during a high-priced fundraiser at a private venue.

"Could LePage make it any more obvious that when it comes to being governor he doesn't care about Maine's middle class and average working people?" Grant said. "He's working for and only speaking to the ultra wealthy and big corporations."

It was unclear when LePage would make an official public announcement of his re-election campaign. 

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Jacqueline Libby DeLasso's picture

LePage reelection

REALLY????????!!!! FLIPPING ARROGANT, POMPOUS MAN.....IS MAINE READY TO PUT UP WITH ANOTHER TERM OF EMBARRASSMENT, AND RIDICULOUS TANTRUMS......AND TO SAY THE LEAST...LACK OF CONCERN FOR MIDDLE AND LOWER INCOME CONSTITUENTS? AFTER ALL HE DID MAKE HIS ANNOUNCEMENT AT A 150.00 PLATE EVENT...PHFTTTTT!

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

All on video tape for Mainers to all see;

Don't know why he's bothering. His insanely stupid comments have provided the Dems with ample campaign commercial material. The man isn't fit for the office of dogcatcher.

Just knowing that he has support from another inept BUSH should send up enough warning flags, that he is another elite hugger....

GARY SAVARD's picture

Jerry and Ron, two people

Jerry and Ron, two people that can not make comments that do not include insults to anyone with opposing viewpoints. It must be nice to know everything about everything, and to always be right...at least in your own closed minds.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Like yours, which doesn't mean nothing either....

Insulted union working people and others that don't fit in your mold...Please bagger: So, a thought crossed your mind? Must have been a long and lonely journey.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

LePage

As useless as rubber lips on a woodpecker.

Mary Hilton, do speak for the

Mary Hilton, do speak for the majority of Mainers?

ERNEST LABBE's picture

I hate to

I hate to all the nay-sayers bubble but your losing in this straw poll.

Claudette Therriault's picture

misinformed about welfare...

Lepage ran as a "pulled himself out of welfare" person. The truth is, he was never on welfare. He had people helping him and backing him all the way to being governor.

The immigrants are not the reason Maine has the reputation of being a welfare state. Immigrants have been here for a while, they are getting jobs and they own their own businesses. People are on welfare because this is a poor state. The housing stock is old and so are its people.

Not everyone earns a liveable wage. Not everyone has a pension for their retirement. Many Maine jobs are seasonal. Look at blueberry pickers, etc. A great majority of Mainers work in places like WalMart and other low paying jobs. Some people are disabled and will never be well enough to return to work.

And, let me tell you about the elderly. I am one of them. I get MaineCare, Food Stamps and other help. I was widowed last year and could not survive on my SS alone. There are many like me. And, guess what? Except for being a stay at home Mom for a few years, I worked my whole life. With the state having an older population, there are many like me wondering if and when we will lose our benefits because Lepage thinks everyone on welfare can get a job. I can't work any longer and I paid taxes my entire life.

If Lepage is re-elected, he will continue his war on people receiving help, until we can no longer afford our medication and we lose our homes. He's obsessed with this.

This is in the Republican

This is in the Republican Mission and Platform and it is what Governor LePage believes in as do other Republicans,"As a compassionate society we will aid those in need. " I think you are listening to hearsay when you think that Governor LePage thinks everyone who cannot work-must get a job. He has never said that and he and other thinking Mainers realize that their is the neediest among us. Anyone who tells another who is incapable of working a job to get a job is not representative of Governor LePage. Our Governor has the belief that those able bodied adults who ARE capable of working, should find a job instead of relying on the assistance that is needed for those who truly need it. I hope your situation gets better but in the meantime, I am honored that my taxes go toward assisting people such as yourself Ms. Therriault.

He's got to be kidding, and it's not funny

Sure. He can run for re-election all he wants.

What he doesn't know is that a majority of Mainers who have endured his tenure are not going to vote for him. A 32% majority of a minority isn't going to be enough to get re-elected with, especially after this embarrassing and depressing mess of a governor has alienated most of the rest of the voters.

Between his 'slips of the tongue' (which are deliberate), insulting, provocative, and inflammatory rhetoric, crude manners and just plain ignorant ranting, I don't think we can afford to have this person run the State of Maine any longer.

He's been responsible for a hostile and unfriendly political culture, and a view of Maine that makes us look worse than any southern state. We've been made into the laughingstock of the country, and he's the one person who did it.

Go ahead and vote for him, if you want. You'll be in the very distinct minority,

Average Worker Here!

You couldn't be more wrong by attempting to lie to the Maine people Ben Grant. Republicans are not the ultra rich and big corporations that you are fibbing about to confuse the voters. Most Republicans are average hard working taxpayers who pride themselves in being self sufficient. The fundraiser was actually $100 or if people wanted to give more , they could give more up to what law allows. Because many average workers work the night shift, we instead opted to send a contribution. We want Governor LePage to be re-elected so we contribute what we can.

You might instead report to the Maine citizens what big corporations funded Michaud 300k in less than two weeks. Or better yet, Ben Grant..maybe YOU need to get to know the Republicans in this great state of ours so that you aren't jaded by hearsay. You obviously do not know your own neighbors but I'm certain(because you are the Dem Chairman and responsible for fundraising) you know some rather elite Democrat ultra wealthy contributors to the Democrat Party. Who are they pray tell?

I use to be a Democrat until

I use to be a Democrat until the party left me. The Democrat party of old, is not the Democrat party of today. The Democrat party has been hijacked by the politically correct progressives.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

What goes around comes around

Tea Party Vows to Hijack GOP in Time for Next Election ..

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/161864#.UdSMnDtBVNo
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Don't do us any favors coming back, we don't need you, ---your kind or ever want you back....

“The battle to take over the Republican Party begins today and the failed Republican leadership should resign,”
“Tea Partiers will take over the Republican party in the next four years,” Viguerie vowed.

So bye-- bye to the Growing Obsolete Party....say hello to a bunch of costume, snake worshipping teabag waving morons....

DONALD FERLAND's picture

The funny thing is you state

The funny thing is you state that republicans all work. Go to DHHS and take a poll and see how many republicans are on welfare. Welfare is not just for democrats, in fact, they do not ask what party you are affiliated with. Hard times affect ALL people, democrat, republican, independent, elderly, disabled, children, single parent households and two parent households. It is time for republicans to get a reality check if they think there are no republicans receiving welfare.

There you go again Tina

There you go again Tina twisting the truth. She never said all, she said most republicans, which is very accurate.

DONALD FERLAND's picture

Do you have FACTS to back

Do you have FACTS to back that up? I bet if you walked into DHHS there would be as many republicans looking for assistance as there is democrats.....I never said ALL....read the words actually written. And I bet there are as many republicans unemployed as there are democrats.....

Of course any person can be

Of course any person can be from any political party who needs a boost up. But at least you are in agreement that all Republicans are not the ultra wealthy and big corporations like Ben Grant (the Maine Democrat Chairman) thinks and told in the above article. At least you are more informed than others. Yes , any person can have down times but those who are most honored are the ones who pick themselves back up and proceed to succeed..if it's temporary assistance from the government or if it's a friend or family member who assists the down-trodden..it doesn't much matter . What does matter is that the able bodied citizen not rely upon welfare as a way of life.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Did anyone see........

Anyone see the lambasting he took on MSNBC tonight? I'm afraid he's putting the State of Maine in the national lime lite, for some very poor reasons. He's done this to himself, we the residents of Maine, shouldn't have to be ridiculed like this. Wouldn't it be just fitting, to re-elect this uncontrollable mouth piece for another term? He evidently doesn't see the error of his ways, a second term won't likely be any improvement..........

David  Cote's picture

Of course he got toasted on MSNBC...

MSNBC brainwashes the liberal population just as FOX News brainwashes the conservative crowd.

who watches MSNBC? From Al

who watches MSNBC? From Al Sharpton to Rachel Madcow, a bunch of dingbats.

David Fulenwider's picture

MSMBC

MSNBC deals with facts, analysis and dignified comment, unlike FOX that expresses fantasy, innuendo and often rude comments. Forget who is making the statements and listen to the content of them.

quote from david: MSNBC

quote from david: MSNBC deals with facts, analysis and dignified comment
Are you a comedian? facts, analysis, dignified? are you serious?

David Fulenwider's picture

MSNBC

Yes. Give me examples of where and when they fall short. Where are they wrong on their facts?

Google MSNBC Lies

RONALD RIML's picture

Too lazy to present 'Falsehoods' and discuss them, Dennis?

Yep.

Bet you were glad when consumer electronics went from vacuum tubes to solid state - IC's, plug-in modules...

Trouble-shooting - (bench-work) at the component level was probably a bit much for you.......

A lot has changed in 50 years - except for conservatives.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

You got one thing right..... with so much more TOO....

http://foxnewslies.net/
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Fox News Lies and Gaffes: The 5 Biggest Blunders of 2012

http://www.policymic.com/articles/21682/fox-news-lies-and-gaffes-the-5-b...
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Fox News Accidentally Debunks Their Own Lie
http://www.forwardprogressives.com/fox-news-accidentally-debunks-their-o...

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Fox News Caught Editing Press Conference to Spread Lies (VIDEO)

http://samuel-warde.com/2013/05/fox-news-caught-editing-press-conference...

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Fox News "Arguably" Lies Repeatedly About Benghazi

http://mediamatters.org/video/2013/05/16/fox-news-arguably-lies-repeated...

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10 biggest lies spewed by Sean Hannity

http://www.salon.com/2013/02/28/10_biggest_lies_spewed_by_sean_hannity/

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

He can't...never does give any facts....

David ,.....A guy with his IQ has a low voice to match, too!

He never can give facts, just lip service when you ask him for the backup.....

All he knows is to just yawn, from the lack of oxygen to the brain....

Typical comment from a low

Typical comment from a low information voter!

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

"Never enter a battle of wits unarmed."

People can't say that you have absolutely nothing! After all, you have inferiority!

Or never argue with a nitwit

Or never argue with a nitwit

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

What ever you do--

Don't ever argue with yourself, you'll lose every time.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Don't let your mind wander --

Don't let your mind wander -- it's too little to be let out alone.

David Fulenwider's picture

Never enter a battle

Cute

FRANK EARLEY's picture

It wasn't neant to be..................

I didn't mean it to be an endorsement, merely an observation. LePage got LAMBASTED, right up to and including his big guest appearance at the Bush bash.
I hear people trash talking anything and everything that doesn't fit with their views. Dexter claims LePage is taken out of context. He may actually believe that, but it's awful hard to confuse anger based tirades, with a slip of the tongue. He also claims LePage may someday bring jobs to Maine. Not after a headlining story, on a national news outlet, focusing on how "Embarrassing" the Governor of Maine is. Ya, that would edge me in the direction to bring my business to Maine.
The fact of the matter is, we here in Maine, aren't alone in our opinion of LePage. I've heard over and over again about reversing this negative stereotype we here in Maine. Some think life here is a little less sophisticated as other states. That stereotype could be used as an advantage, vacationers seek a less hectic lifestyle. Businesses on the other hand are looking for a more sophisticated type of work force. We do have that here in Maine, I know, I've worked with many of them. The type of work force needed is here, it's just increasingly difficult to see past the buffoon in the State House we call our Governor. He undoubtedly has to be the worst example of what Maine has to offer. Paul LePage is, all by himself, creating a whole new stereotype for our State. It's not a stereotype anyone's going to feel comfortable investing their money in.
That is what we all would have to look forward to in a second term, Lets make sure that doesn't happen...............

Our Governor is no bafoon

Our Governor is no bafoon when it comes to being business friendly. Our last Governor was, and our current POTUS is.

RONALD RIML's picture

Dennis - if you're not smart enough to spell "Buffoon"

there's a damn good chance your mother raised one.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

LePage ; He's just visiting this planet.

Go ahead, tell them everything you know. It'll only take you 10 seconds.

Really, tell us what has LePage has done for bringing jobs to Maine?

Dexter Voter's picture

If Michaud is the best the Dem's have

I would vote for Lepage. He has had a slip or two, but a few of them have been taken way out of context by the democratic news media. Making them sound worse than they really should have been. With his leadership at least the hospitals will be paid what they are owed and with further time maybe he could get some bussinesses to move here. If not reelected we will surely see taxes raised to pay for more welfare programs.

RONALD RIML's picture

If you've only heard of a 'Slip or Two"

Then the 'democratic news media' is asleep at the wheel.

DONALD FERLAND's picture

A slip or two? Be real.

A slip or two? Be real.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Dexter, Must of failed

in math, since there are nearly a dozen that LePages' lips have slipped on, that I can remember........

They only remember what they Want, and think others will forget and like I have said before, Had this been a Dem Gov, they would all be screaming the man didn't deserve to hold any office....but they seem to be looking at Pauly with tunnel vision and ear plugs in....Hypocrisy is their fitting crown for those that admire a bully loud mouth....

Dexter Voter's picture

I never failed

I know all the comments and take them with a grain of salt. Lepage is not a politician he is a bussiness man. What the State needs is someone to get them into the black. If you go with all the news reports that cut half of what he says. Then who has failed. We need news to report the news not try to make it by only putting on what they want.

RONALD RIML's picture

I call Bullshidt, Dexter!

I posted LePage's remarks with the links for you to follow.

You never refuted anything that the media reported about him. You make accusations here - but sure as heck can't follow them up.

You ARE the one who has failed.....

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

One man's floor is another mans ceiling

While you take it with a grain of salt, others look at those actions and comments as incompetent, immature, unprofessional, denigrating, bullish, insulting, no couth, out right stupid....

I knew about this guy and he is not what you think he is.....had you known his past, you would not associate with him or his kind and his misguided behavior and actions to others. You would not support his kind since he would not meet Air Force standards of a lifer as yourself, since I was AF too and know the code of conduct, honor and respect to those that earn or deserve it.

Dexter Voter's picture

I guess

you think Obama isn't misquilded? I know he would never had made it either.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Difference for those that can distinguish, seems you lower your

standards.... but a t least Obama, doesn't make crude, stupid remarks like Pauly...huge difference....you support trash talking gopers than you deserve what you get, since you condone it now, but if it was Obama saying that crap you would be screaming for impeachment, don't say you wouldn't...you are living a lie and a facade of cuddling with this guy, the rest of us see LePage as they say and see it, disgraceful and unfit....

Dexter Voter's picture

impeach him now

screaming for impeachment doesn't seem to work. He is still there taking vacations and giving money to the Brotherhood. I would rather have a crude Governor than a man that thinks allowing illegals into the country and giving them SS is the thing to do.

RONALD RIML's picture

Care to provide reliable citings for your allegations, Dexter??

You throw shit out, but never support it.

Now's your chance.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Dexter, you make some good points, but.........

Dexter, you make some good points, but I think you fail to see the big picture. First of all. Obama isn't letting anyone into the country and giving away Social Security. Trust me I know this for a fact. I went through the process, and I'm in the middle of the process with a very close friend of mine. We are both well below retirement age, and trust me, it's not easy. It's not general assistance, it's not welfare, SSDI, is a complicated system and they require more and more medical proof than ever before.
Obama is trying to deal with the undocumented folks that are here now, adults that came here as young children. Some who don't even know they are illegal immigrants. Imagine not even knowing where you came from, and everyone is screaming for you to go back there. The powers that be are trying to handle a very difficult human issue. It's not as easy as just shutting the door, and send everyone home. As much as people don't want to admit they feel for these people, we have to remember, they are human beings, not democrat or Republican, they are adults, some very well educated, some not. They are children mothers dragged here against their will. It is not an abstract situation where a single solution will fix everything. I for one wouldn't want the task of fixing this, so I'll let the government do the best they can.
As for our "crude Governor", your right we need to get this State back into the black. We also need to insure that every citizen of this State has fair and affordable living conditions. This to is a delicate situation which requires a balance and fair solution. Paul LePage has turned the Governors office into his own private chopping block. He seems to enjoy using the tools available to him and veto every bill in sight. He may be proactive, but what are the results of his actions? I keep hearing that, "at least the Governor is doing something". Unfortunatly just doing something isn't enough. If he's not doing something that directly affects the people in a positive way, he's just treading water. His gung-ho attitude is dangerous. He has demonstrated over and over again his lack of political aptitude. He has also demonstrated his inability to seek out help in formulating difficult solutions. He has to understand that no one can do this alone. There is a whole State of very intelligent people out there. Unless he learns team work, he is going to continue to just spin his tires.
Trying to run a State like Maine, is a very difficult job to say the least. There are just to many extremes to rely on a one man show to govern. He has to stop ramming his personal ideas into law, and assuming everyone else will make it work. When he makes a decision, he needs to analyze every angle, not just the obvious. Yes he is paying back the debt to the hospitals. That one item was his passion, but at what expense. How much more property taxes are we going to be paying? How many less fortunate families are going to miss out on assistance due the revenue cuts? How many towns are going to cut back on services do to lack of funding? These are the issues that should have been addressed before he followed through with his pet project. If he's going to make progress at everyone else expense, I would rather have a paper weight in office. We need someone who makes decisions that work for everyone. Not just decisions that make him feel good and please his Tea Party supporters............

Bob White's picture

Question?

you said" We also need to insure that every citizen of this State has fair and affordable living conditions." Why is it up to "we" to make sure this happens? Shouldn't it be up to "them" Nobody did it for me other then myself a lot of blood sweat and tears. Doesn't everybody have the same opportunity? Don't you dare say NO because some of the most successful people come from the worst up bringing's Oprah is one example.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Total Ignorance....Sit down and give your mind a rest.

"He is still there taking vacations and giving money to the Brotherhood."

Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, but you just gargled.

From that comment alone you are not worthy of any further discussion.....

Dexter Voter's picture

I guess

you think Obama isn't misquilded? I know he would never had made it either.

RONALD RIML's picture

I don't know anyone who is "Misquilded"

You, however, may be 'Misguided' - (If I were kind in describing you)

Now be a good lad and provide proof for your allegations regarding both the 'Maine Media' and President Obama.

Something where we can understand that you're simply not an ignorant bullshitter - but have performed actual research.

John Clement's picture

I was at a Lewiston

I was at a Lewiston Maineiac's game a couple of years ago when michaud was there leading the Pledge of Allegiance before the game. He deliberately left out "under God", he is the moonbat's moonbat. If you ever get close enough to him, look at his hands, he hasn't punched a time clock at the mill in years or done any serious work, unless you count dinner with his boyfriend.

RONALD RIML's picture

John - I don't dwell on other Guy's hands.....

But if that's what gets you through the day - and night - have a Ball!!!

(Is that a Tennessee - like 'Deliverance' thing???)

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

He grows on people - like a wart!

He missed his calling as a hand model recruiter....or wanted to recruit a hand.....

RONALD RIML's picture

The original 'Pledge' did not have "Under God" in it.

"The United States Congress officially recognized the Pledge for the first time, in the following form, on June 22, 1942:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."*

The phrase "under God" was incorporated into the Pledge of Allegiance June 14, 1954, by a Joint Resolution of Congress.

There is no legal requirement that the words "under God" be uttered. To do so would be an obvious constitutional violation.

Thats all Maine needs, a tax

Thats all Maine needs, a tax and spend Washington Godless liberal running our state.

RONALD RIML's picture

Dennis -

You would have a Representative that would illegally force his religious beliefs on others??

Why is that???

You dont force religion on

You dont force religion on someone by properly saying the Pledge properly.

RONALD RIML's picture

You have a very limited understanding of our U.S. Constitution

there, Dennis. To the extent that you don't even recognize your own limitations of knowledge.

I'd wager there are non-citizen immigrants who understand it much better than you - which is a real travesty.

The Government can't even force a person to swear upon a Bible when taking an oath - are you aware of that??

Do you know what part of the Constitution offers a person that protection - and why?

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

His suitcase doesn't have a

His suitcase doesn't have a handle.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Unbelievable

You call yourself a Christian and judge another," Please tell us Mr. Christian, holier than thou, how you will be judged when you meet St Peter?" You won't make it that far!

You are the living example of hypocrites of the far extreme of being religious...then insult and denigrate other Christians...

Laughable....

Yawn!

Yawn!

RONALD RIML's picture

You'd 'Yawn' if your U.S. Rep was Muslim, Lad.......

The look on your face would be worth it.........

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

It is called selective hearing....or

He deliberately left out "under God",....sure he did?

You should get your hearing aids checked, or get some...

Dexter Voter's picture

Called being there

If you were not there how can you say he said it. I wish you people who live in another state would not get into our bussiness.I was not there but I would not call someone a liar if I did not have all the facts.

RONALD RIML's picture

Wish in one hand, and shit in the other -

Then see which one gets filled up first.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Ron

He now knows how it feels to want....His personality's split so many ways he goes alone for group therapy.

RONALD RIML's picture

A 'Nativist' - eh??????

Don't get on the Internet then, Dexter.....

(But you have called the 'Media' liars even though you didn't have all the facts)

So how does that work out for you?????

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

As long

as I pay property taxes in Lewiston,go there every year and have family there I will put my boot, comment and concerns any place I want to....this is USA, or did you forget that too....

Facts is that HE is the only one that makes that claim. Don't need to be there to believe just his word...this is the world of media and news.....Google it and see if you can support his claim? Good Luck!

RONALD RIML's picture

Dexter must think he's in the Gestapo now......

Or "Thought Police" - one or the other.......

You vill not shpeak - you do not haf any Constitushunal Rittz; Maine is not in der United Shtates ov Amerika.....

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Poor Dex

He is barking at me about making comments from another state and defends the Tennessee redneck making comments about another Mainer legislator.....now talk about total disconnect , not getting it when he denies one and defends another...LOL

RONALD RIML's picture

You expect 'Logic' to be his strong suite????

He's a Conservative!!!!!

Tony Morin's picture

Election Season is Open

I suppose election season is open, but your negative smack talk is rusty and weak. What, you think he should be putting in shifts at the mill while serving in the U.S. House??

RONALD RIML's picture

A 'Slip or Two' Dexter??

Which ones of these were taken out of Context??? If so, what was the proper context and why?

Updated: Gov. LePage’s most controversial quotes, 2010-present

- The 'Links' are on the original BDN site which I Linked to above.

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"We’re keeping a running tally of some of Gov Paul LePage’s more colorful quotes from his time in the Blaine House and his campaign for governor in 2010. Know any we’ve missed? E-mail us.

• June 20, 2013: Gov. Paul LePage says Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson has “no brains” and a “black heart” and is “claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without Vaseline” after the senator from Aroostook County gives the Democratic response to LePage’s budget veto.

• June 18, 2013: Gov. Paul LePage created a stir again on Tuesday when he ordered his administration to stop speaking to the the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Waterville Sentinel.

• May 29, 2013: “Next year I would like you to create a Legislature that doesn’t speak back.” — LePage speaking to students with his second annual Governor’s Promising STEM Youth Awards, who brought robots they had built to the State House for the recognition ceremony.

• May 29, 2013: “The minute we start stifling our speech, we might as well go home, roll up our sleeves and get our guns out.” — LePage commenting about censorship by Democrats, related to the television screen outside his office.

• May 23, 2013: If I have to remove myself from the toxic climate of censorship by Democrats in the State House to defend the taxpayers of Maine, then that’s what I will do.” — LePage threatens to move his office from the State House after Democratic leaders refused to allow him to place a television screen outside his office.

May 19, 2013: “The people of the state of Maine are being played for patsies.” — LePage after being denied the ability to speak to the Appropriations Committee at the conclusion of a rare Sunday meeting.

• March 1, 2013: “I don’t care if it’s my bills. I’ll veto my own bills.” — LePage promises to veto any bill that comes across his desk until the Legislature passes his plan to repay $484 million owed to the state’s hospitals.

• Jan. 9, 2013: “ If you’ve got a job and you’re going to be intimidated, give it up and we’ll get somebody who can do the job. I am asking them for the good of the kids of the state of Maine, please go away. We don’t need you. We need some people with backbones.” — LePage calling on the members of Maine’s charter school commission to resign, a day after the seven-member panel rejected four out of five applications for new charter schools.

• January 2013: “ You guys, you’re idiots and you’re just as bad if not worse than those other guys.” — LePage comparing independent lawmakers to Democrats during a meeting with three independent legislators on alternate approaches to balancing the state budget.

• Nov. 9, 2012: “ If you want a good education in Maine, and I get criticized by my opponents because I’m hard on education, but if you want a good education, go to an academy. 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 discusses school choice during an “Eggs ‘n Issues” talk at York County Community College.

• July 12, 2012: “ 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 compares the IRS to the Gestapo during an interview with Seven Days, an alternative weekly newspaper in Burlington, Vt. He later apologized for his remarks.

• April 27, 2012: “The problem is the middle management of the state is about as corrupt as you can be. Believe me, we’re trying every day to get them to go to work, but it’s hard.” — LePage responds to a question about fees at a town hall forum in Newport.

• March 31, 2012: “That [criticism] is coming from a little spoiled brat from Portland. He’s very fortunate that his granddad was born ahead of him.” — LePage on Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland, when asked about Democratic calls for an investigation of the Department of Health and Human Services.

• March 15, 2012: “The press. Reading newspapers in the state of Maine is like paying somebody to tell you lies.” — LePage to a student who asked him what he didn’t like about his job during his appearance as keynote speaker at a Career Conversations event at Waterville Junior High School.

• March 25, 2011: “ I’d laugh at them, the idiots. That’s what I would do. Come on! Get over yourselves!” — LePage when asked what he would do if people formed a human chain to block the removal of the mural from the state Department of Labor.

• February 2011: “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.” — LePage saying he has yet to see enough science to support a ban on BPA, a common additive to plastics that some research suggests may interfere with hormone levels and could cause long-term problems.

• Jan. 14, 2011: “ Tell them to kiss my butt.” — LePage to reporters in response to suggestions from NAACP members and others that his decision not to attend ceremonies honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was part of a negative pattern.

• September 2010: “As your governor, you’re going to be seeing a lot of me on the front page, saying ‘Governor LePage tells Obama to go to hell.’” — LePage telling a crowd of fishermen that, if elected, they could expect to see him stand up to the Obama administration."

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Simply amazing

Ron you provided these hayseeds LePages own words and you have 8 fans that disagree with LePages own rants that you provided them as a reminder of the way that turkey gobbles at Mainers....the way they support that kind of nonsense, is truly outstanding...

These are the same hayseeds that voted for this goober and they cannot agree to reading his own words....Says a lot about their intelligence...yep none for those hayseeds...LePage has Diarrhea of the mouth; constipation of the ideas and they love him.....

RONALD RIML's picture

And notice that Dexter Voter is still AWOL......

Typical Motor-Mouth Reich-Winger.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Better off, he's so far back in the bunker, the thin air has ,

affected his cranial space, After the O-- "vacation and brotherhood" remark he deems it to be so, that the poor dude is in need of some brain food....

David Fulenwider's picture

Vote For LePage?

Do you think welfare is the only thing Maine needs? And be realistic - it's going to take much more than LePage to get businesses to move to Maine. This man brings no particular clout to the game.

RONALD RIML's picture

He makes me want to clout him every time I see him......

But he's always had MSP Protection.

RONALD RIML's picture

Enough hot air from the Waterville Wonder....

and heating costs everywhere will go down in Maine. Do you think that will help????

Dexter Voter's picture

Vote against Lepage

Welfare is not what Maine needs it is what we will get. Open your eyes and look at history, taxes will be raised and bills will not get payed. But we will probably get more people moving here for the welfare. This man brought a veto pen to the game and saved the state a bunch of money.

RONALD RIML's picture

So you and I are both 'Gluts on the Taxpayer', Dexter.....

It sure beat workin' for a living.........

Dexter Voter's picture

Gluts

You being from the Navy may be a glut on tax payers. But I work for a living and expect everyone else to do likewise. If they need a hand help them but if they won't help themselves let them go.

RONALD RIML's picture

Dexter - According to your profile:

"Born in Rumford. Servered 20 years in the Air Force Retired in Maine"

You don't state you're 'Working' - but rather 'Retired' - Is your Clerk/Typist behind with their paperwork???

Dexter Voter's picture

Could not live

On what I got from being retired from the AF. Had to got to work again. Just retired from my last job still waiting for that first check. Until I get that I am still working in my mind.

RONALD RIML's picture

"I am working in my mind"

I retired from the Military AND a Police Department.

Now I run my own business.

Quit "Working in your mind" while you wait for a check, pizzin' and moaning about what others might be getting - and make your 'own thing' happen....

Jaysus - you came across like you were a portraying a freakin' 'Conservative' - not a 'Layabout'

RONALD RIML's picture

"But I work for a living and expect everyone else to do likewise

Then you have no used for Wall Street speculators and 'Trust Fund Babies' I reckon. Corporate Raiders and Scavengers such as
Romney must have really turned your stomach

Tell us about it.

David Fulenwider's picture

But I work for a living

Let's face it, people like Romney and others on his social and financial level grew up seeing OTHER PEOPLE doing the dirty work of life, including military service.

David Fulenwider's picture

Gluts

Hey, go easy on the veterans. I was drafted during Vietnam. Didn't know anybody who could get me out of that mess. (The elite have showed us how to do that.) Hated every minute of it. It was often demeaning, useless, and unpredictable. And often far from family. Veterans deserve a decent retirement. What really bothers me is the way the wounded or disabled in some way are treated or not treated. That is scandalous and a tragedy. These people deserve much more, and it ain't happening.

Veterans should be venerated

Veterans should be venerated among us! I know of one who already lost their job and one other who is targeted for not achieving a new standard that none of us can achieve at a particular workplace. I wish there were lawyers who had enough spine to represent workers against powerful employers.

RONALD RIML's picture

That's what "Unions" are for, Linda...

But I understand you've had issues along those 'lines'.....

yes, I would have elaborated

yes, I would have elaborated more but thought I'd be beating a dead horse. This has been going on for too long I'm afraid. I feel bad for Veterans and people who have worked their entire lives just to be kicked to the curb. Of course I feel bad for those who struggled as well...we need good paying jobs to make this work and we need to break down the barriers to employment! Our society seems to have become callous toward others in need. There seems to be no more mercy and we know loyalty has been gone a long time.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"Our society seems to have

"Our society seems to have become callous toward others in need.".
Great observation. The reason for that is that far too many people have gotten on assistance as means of a lifestyle rather than simply a helping hand and have spoiled it for many of the truly needy. And, of course, who gets all of the negative press? Those who are most needy. Sad, but that's the way it is.

David Fulenwider's picture

would have elaborated

Blame Ayn Rand and her ruthless philosophy? Who says women are the gentle sex? If women are becoming harder, what is happening to the men? From here on in, it looks like survival of the fittest and smartest, and the devil takes the hindmost.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Isn't that the way it has

Isn't that the way it has always been?

RONALD RIML's picture

So get a job at the Welfare Office and quit yer griping......

Problem solved.....

I've never seen more pizzin' and moanin' about folks getting something from the Govt. than I have from ex-Air Farce like Mark Gravel - and now you.

If LePage would have actually 'Manned-Up" enough to join the Service - no doubt in my mind it would have been the USAF - just his style.....

Dexter Voter's picture

Problem started

Being a veteran has nothing to do with my feelings and thoughts. I was in the Air Force and proud to serve my country for 20 years. I don't mind people who need help to get it, it is the ones that do not want to work that Pisses me off and people like you who try to defend them by calling other people names. If you do not have any respect for the Air Force you have no idea what the Air Force is. A stupid comment by you.

RONALD RIML's picture

Don't tell me that twenty years of military service

Hasn't shaped your 'feelings and thoughts'

Oh, pardon moi - you were in the Air Force......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

While Frank Sinatra sings,

While Frank Sinatra sings, "Stormy Weather", the flies and the spiders get along together.....CAKE

RONALD RIML's picture

How many people do you know who do not want to work???

Other than E-6 and above????

DONALD FERLAND's picture

And yet you and others call

And yet you and others call ALL welfare recipients lazy and unwilling to work. You base your name calling on what facts? The stories in the media about fraud....they are a smaller per centage then you are led to believe. People working their way to being off welfare....stories not told. Maybe if Maine had more jobs that paid a living wage people would be able to work but you can't work a minimum wage job where the employer cuts your hours to under full time so they do not have to provide insurance. Look at the FACTS and not the "it's only part of the story". People who receive assistance also have to deal with a day care issue.
Those with special needs children have a difficult time finding daycare. Daycare hours do not always fit with working hours, daycares are not always able to take children with special needs and when they do the costs are more then most minimum wage pay checks. Again, republicans need to really get a reality check and base their arguments on FACTS not assumptions.

Claudette Therriault's picture

Head Start

And Tina, let's not forget the huge cuts that were made to Head Start. That too prevents people from going to work...

David Fulenwider's picture

Welfare in Maine

"Probably get more people moving her for the welfare."? Do you have numbers, statistics, facts on this? Can you reference studies that have been done? I'll bet most people on welfare here are native Mainers who are living below the poverty level.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"I'll bet most people on

"I'll bet most people on welfare here are native Mainers"......
Put your money on the table on that one. You're about to make me a rich man.

David Fulenwider's picture

"I'll bet most people on

Cold, hard facts or speculation? You want to believe that certain groups are the REAL problem.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You stated most people on

You stated most people on welfare in Maine are native Mainers.
Prove it.

David Fulenwider's picture

You stated most people on

I would like to, but lack a comprehensive study as a reference. But I have a strong hunch. There are approx. 1,100,000 people living in Maine. How many are Somalis? I truly don't know. Would there be 50,000? I have no idea. Out of 1,100,000 Mainers, how many would be receiving some kind of assistance? Wish I knew. Given that there are many more "natives" than newcomers out of that 1,100,000, my guess would be that there are more native Mainers on assistance than those in the other group.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You appear to be assuming

You appear to be assuming that all non-native Mainers are Somalis, which is probably not accurate. Those from other places who are not Somalis probably outnumber them, and their number (Somalis) is probably between 5000 and 8000, but that's a guess. I doubt that in Lewiston/Auburn their number is over 10,000, but I could be way off.
The demographics of Lewiston have changed dramatically in the 38 years I've lived here, and not necessarily for the good.

David Fulenwider's picture

Appear to be assuming

Good point, and that's where a comprehensive study would help. I would like to know how many people have moved to Maine in the past 20 years, and how many of them are receiving some kind of assistance as opposed to those receiving aid who were born here.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Tried googling but did not do

Tried googling but did not do well.
I can tell you how many people have switched from parting their hair from the right to the left side since 1993, though.
(Actually, I just made that up).

Gerry Thompson's picture

How many

10's of 1000's of Somalis have moved here for the benefits?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

By that do you mean U.S.A. or

By that do you mean U.S.A. or L/A, Maine?

Gerry Thompson's picture

easy answer

Both, but 10's of 1000's have moved to Maine

RONALD RIML's picture

Gerry - I imagine all moved here for the benefit of Freedom....

The same as your ancestors.

Last I heard 'Thompson' isn't a Native American name......

Gerry Thompson's picture

Enlighten me please

When did it become written your father's surname determines whether you have Native blood? Both of my father's grandmothers were the Native Americans.

RONALD RIML's picture

So you "Thompson" Ancestor moved here for more than the

Farmland......

Gerry Thompson's picture

So

my father's family has been here for about 10,000 years. My mother's family had 18 Mayflower Pilgrims and yes I have the certificates, they got grants for fighting in the Revolutionary War and moved here to Maine in the late 1700's. Some sooner, and if you research more you would know the fishmonger David Thomson was here before the Pilgrims and gave them fish to help them survive the First Winter

RONALD RIML's picture

You confirmed what I earlier wrote: "They came for 'Freedom"

And that's exactly why the Mayflower Pilgrims migrated to the New World; as 'Separatists' who wished to leave the Church of England - free to worship as they chose.

What was so difficult about that???

I don't know the facts but

I don't know the facts but wonder if any refugees from any land who came here for freedom or jobs actually were the neediest among them. I'm wondering if the refugees are only the ones who could afford to come here ...I don't know what it takes to be sponsored by a church to come here or if there are prerequisites to coming here but I still can't help but think that the neediest that are in war torn countries are the most oppressed and are still in that homeland. Merely a thought I've pondered on many times. I hope that those refugees that came here are doing well and I hope that they are told their choices so that they can form their own opinions and decisions about the politics here. Everyone should have an orientation concerning their political choices. The mainstream media is not reliable. One must read the various political Missions and Platforms to know the basics about each Political Party before joining.

RONALD RIML's picture

What we've spent on the Somali's in Lewiston is nowhere

what it takes to repair the USS Miama.... $450 Million

And all those hi-tech weapons couldn't do squat to protect us on 9/11. But they fill the coffers of the 'Defense Industry' - Look what the Military actually costs us.....

How the Pie Chart Figures Were Determined
"Because the President is late with the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, and Congress has not passed the FY2013 budget (was to begin Oct. 1, 2012), the figures in the large pie chart are projections from tables in Analytical Perspectives, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2013 (published Feb. 2012). These figures may be more Obama’s wishful thinking than reality. The Human Resources section has grown with the addition of funding for new health care insurance tax credits. “Current military” includes the Dept. of Defense budget and the military portion from other departments as noted in the box above. “Past military” represents veterans’ benefits plus 80% of the interest on the debt, which will grow with increased costs for veterans’ care, along with higher interest rates for debt-funded wars.

The figures are Federal Funds, which do not include trust funds — such as Social Security — that are raised and spent separately from income taxes. What you pay (or don’t pay) by April 15, 2013, goes to the federal funds portion of the budget. The government practice of combining Trust and Federal funds began during the Vietnam War, thus making the human needs portion of the budget seem larger and the military portion smaller."

The United States spent more on its military than the next 13 nations combined in 2011.


do YOU have statistics?

" I'll bet most people on welfare here are native Mainers who are living below the poverty level."

We've had a lot of people relocate to Maine and because of lack of jobs, it could be a mixture of native Mainers, people who immigrated in the past few years, people who may not be native but relocated here etc. It could be many different populations. One thing I have noticed is a lot more people who have documented disabilities getting terminated from their jobs with no eligibility for disability income due to MainePers and SS denying most every applicant the first time of applying..and then the person misses a deadline to appeal while waiting for an attorney to help them or because the applicant doesn't understand the process. I think sometimes that bureaucracy is our problem with keeping people down. And of course a lack of gainful employment. I know of an Executive Director that despises that his workers earn a decent wage rather than minimum wage. Earning a decent wage helps us contribute to the economy in many fruitful ways. Executive Directors and administration of for-profit corporations forget that they themselves are the ones earning the big bucks and should count their own blessings.

David Fulenwider's picture

Do you have statistics?

I don't know the true cost to Maine for these people. It has been my impression that they were brought here with much help from Catholic Charities and to some extent assisted by the Federal Government.

DONALD FERLAND's picture

That may be your impression.

That may be your impression. However, figure in the cost of the extra children to the school system, not only the number of students but the number of staff that teach ELL. Go to a DHHS office and see if the feds and Catholic Charities are still helping them. Go to a general assistance office and see if the feds and Catholic Charities are still helping. While many have opened business and gotten jobs there is still a cost to the people of that state of Maine.

David Fulenwider's picture

That may be your impression

Still, I'd love to see a comprehensive study of poverty, welfare and the various groups receiving assistance in the state, and where that assistance comes from.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Doesn't qualitfy

To be elected for a dog catcher, never mind Guv....the guys rump is cooked....he cooked it himself...
He'll tell everyone to take arms if they do not talk to him again...the guy is a loser....

David Fulenwider's picture

LePage

I can't believe that the well-heeled, financial elite of this state would back this loser. Do they think a guy like this who got only 38% of the vote last time around can make it again with his record? It will be so good to see their wads of cash go down LePage's less than fragrant drain!! Wake up majority - this wanna-be leader has done nothing for you.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What % of the vote did

What % of the vote did Baldacci get when he was last elected?

David Fulenwider's picture

What %?

Granted, but notice, he was RE-ELECTED. What % of the vote do you think big boy LePage will get the second time around with his fabulous record?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I couldn't care less what he

I couldn't care less what he gets.

AL PELLETIER's picture

16 months

This is the time he has left to re-invent himself and undo his "my way or the highway" reputation.
I don't think kissing up to a Bush will cut it.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Why should this surprise anyone?????????

Paul LePage has had no clue on just about anything lately, If he thinks thinks he has a chance at re-election, he's entitled to his fantasies....

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Is that one of the chicks you

Is that one of the chicks you picked up at Pass Temps Club when you were going around as Mr. Benoit?
She's neat, but can she do a double back flip?

RONALD RIML's picture

You should see my 'True Love' from Olongapo....

Subic Bay - the Phillippines.......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I'm waiting....

I'm waiting....

RONALD RIML's picture

So is she......

;)

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Now that's patience.

Now that's patience.

The worst mistake

...that Cutler and Michaud's supporters can make would be to assume his support has eroded so much they can take it for granted. The worst mistale the Dems can make is to go after Cutler harder than they do LePage, like last time. Their "Learn English" mailing last time was one of the things that helped sink Libby's campaign.

Tony Morin's picture

Sad and Scary

The sad and scary thing is, there are a boatload of people in this state who will vote for him. Please don't let this happen again.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Not to worry, Tony. The dems

Not to worry, Tony. The dems will send in plenty of professional voters from other states, as they often do. You know the mantra, "Vote early; vote often.

Please provide...

Evidence of that EVER happening in Maine. You may be a pirate, but you will never be the troll Gravel is.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

There might not be a whole

There might not be a whole lot to support it, but it does have a nice ring to it.
The Pirate considers Mark Gravel to be a pretty good guy; you too, for that matter.
If everyone agreed on everything, would this place really be as much fun?

Awww, I luv u 2!

You're still not getting my Bud Lite.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Actually, the sad and scary

Actually, the sad and scary thing is that a boatload of people, mostly those in unions or folks getting something "free" from the government, will vote for Michaud.

RONALD RIML's picture

And Robots such as you will vote for his opponent......

So you're a 'Professional' bellyacher.........

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

He is totally low on hydraulic fluids;

Judging by the old saying, "What you don't know can't hurt you," he's practically invulnerable.

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