LePage heard telling GOP donors, lawmakers that Obama ‘hates white people’

Gov. Paul LePage told a group of Republican lawmakers and political supporters during a fundraiser on Aug. 12 that President Barack Obama “hates white people,” according to an attendee of the event.

Troy R. Bennett/Bangor Daily News

Gov. Paul LePage

UPDATE: LePage denies he said 'Obama hates white people'

“It was a typical, off the cuff, off the script, Paul LePage comment,” the attendee, who preferred to remain anonymous because of fear of political reprisals, told the Bangor Daily News.

The attendee described the governor’s comments as plainspoken and tacked onto the end of remarks to the group that were critical of the Affordable Care Act, the president’s health care reform bill commonly referred to as “Obamacare.”

The fundraiser was sponsored by the Kennebec County Republican Committee and was held at the private home of John and Lisa Fortier in Belgrade.

Between 50 and 60 people attended, including several sitting Republican lawmakers, representatives from Sen. Susan Collins’ office and the new chairman of the Republican Party, Rick Bennett.

The fundraiser was billed as a chance to meet the governor and first lady and honor Bennett’s election as chairman, according to a Maine Republican Party mailing. The donation was $50 per person to attend.

Bennett, reached Monday, confirmed the governor made comments about President Obama and race during the fundraiser.

“(Gov. LePage) said President Obama had an opportunity to unify the country on race, but didn’t do anything,” Bennett said.

When asked directly whether the governor made the remark about the president and white people, Bennett said, “I didn’t hear that.”

In a subsequent conversation, he said, “The governor is not a racist. He raised an African-American kid,” a reference to Devon Raymond, a native of Jamaica who lived with the LePages in Waterville, and whom the governor refers to as his adopted son.

“I’ve never heard him say anything racist,” Bennett said.

LePage political adviser Brent Littlefield also said the governor is not a racist.

“It seems farfetched for anyone, even a newspaper, to make an insinuation the Governor is racist given his life history. He and his family made a choice and sacrifice when they offered Devon the opportunity to join their family many years ago. Paul and Ann call him their son. Paul LePage recognized many people helped him make it out of poverty and he has been determined to help others succeed,” Littlefield said in an email statement.

Littlefield also pointed out LePage’s regular attendance at Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in Waterville.

House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, also attended the fundraiser, but said he did not hear any offensive remarks from the governor.

“I was kind of in-and-out,” Fredette said.

The attendee who confirmed the remarks said those farthest away from the governor likely would have had difficulty hearing him.

The governor’s remarks first were reported Monday by the Portland Press Herald, which cited two unnamed Republican lawmakers as hearing LePage’s comments.

LePage spokesman Peter Steele told them the event was a campaign function and referred questions to Littlefield.

Calls for comment to LePage’s representatives were not returned Monday evening.

Reaction to the governor’s comments spread quickly across social media Monday evening, drawing scorn from Republicans and Democrats alike.

One high-profile Republican, former 1st District congressional candidate Dean Scontras, went so far as to say LePage should resign.

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By the way

I read about this on the Washington Post site, with an accompanying reprint of an article enumerating his other verbal idiocies. So, true or not, he's yet again put Maine in the national attention as a place rivaling South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Florida in the National Embarassment Sweepstakes.

I'm no fan

I don't think there's any question I can't stand LePage and think he's a moron.

BUT

I don't believe he said it. Only 2 of 60-70 attendees heard it? Are we sure they didn't just reinterpret and put a negative spin on whatever it was he actually said? What is their motivation?

Without a recording or corroboration of a quorum of the attendees (anonymously or not), I can only treat this with the same suspicion and skepticism I do any of those BS photo memes people post on Facebook. This is a story the Press Herald, BDN, and Sun Journal should have sat on until they had something more solid than a couple of Republicans who are not happy with the direction he's trying to take the Maine GOP.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Good post; it makes sense.

Good post; it makes sense.

No worries

I'll be returning to my regular incoherent rants soon enough. Oh wait, that's... someone else.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

We all have our moments.

We all have our moments.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

The official word is out.......

Well, we can all rest assured, the Governor has spoken, and he says, "I never said that". He also started answering the question about two seconds before the reporters started to ask it. We are also aware now that the press is all about "gossip". On top of all that, the ear to ear grin on his face said it all. This is nothing but a big joke to him.
I don't trust people who smile. When a person smiles, can say a lot about what that person is really trying to convey. Today as LePage approached the small group of reporters, he masterfully pulled off two very popular strategies for getting past a small group of reporters. He started smiling as he approached them, then appeared to be straining to smile as he spoke. While addressing the small crowd he made every attempt to keep talking as he moved, not allowing a split second for someone else to sneak a word in edgewise,( a trick surely learned from watching FOX TV interviews). He did however manage to get one jab at the media in there before he continued to his meeting.
This is nothing but a big misunderstanding, a piece of gossip taken totally out of context. Something so far from the truth, it's unimaginably false. I wouldn't be surprised if by early this evening, the Governors press secretary starts to blame all this on momentarily being possessed by demons.
You have to give the guy credit though, he's had to squirm his way out of responsibility so many times now, he's actually starting to get pretty good at it. Not good enough, but pretty good nonetheless.
I just want to know, why we, the taxpayers of Maine, have to keep paying this nimrod. He is receiving a pay check to pretty much keep insulting the intelligence of every person in this State. When this is all said and done, he will move on with his nice little benefits package, and leave all of us trying to recover our respectability. I still say anyone who has done as much damage to this State as him, shouldn't be allowed to live happily ever after on our dime...................

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You don't trust people who

You don't trust people who smile? C'mon, Frank. We know you don't like the Gov., but smiling people too. Are you the guy who originated the concept of the smiley face picture with a bullet hole in the forehead? Tell me you're not. 0O:-)

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Sorry to say.............

Actually, it's not just smiling people, it's pretty much happy people in general:( :( :(

DONALD FERLAND's picture

"One high-profile Republican,

"One high-profile Republican, former 1st District congressional candidate Dean Scontras, went so far as to say LePage should resign." Seems to me that says it all.....even Republicans are getting tired of him.......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Did Scontras hear him say

Did Scontras hear him say what he says he didn't say?

Bob White's picture

Wow

This has to be a first you agreeing with a Republican.

Abdi Hassan's picture

AHA!

Just because he adopted a black kid doesn't mean he is NOT racist. Every time someone questions his bigotry, he defends him self by saying "My son is black" BS!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

If he adopted a white kid

If he adopted a white kid would that have automatically made him a racist? Why don't you define for us what exactly a racist is?

Bob White's picture

Just because your black

Just because your black doesn't mean you cant be a racist.

CRYSTAL WARD's picture

ASK the Governor and his aids

How about asking the Governor and all of his aids who were with him when the statement was made-- are they all going to be liars??? Why will his office not directly answer the question Yes or NO( "Brent Littlefield, the governor’s senior political adviser, who did not comment")? Saying President Obama does like "white people" is like saying Governor LePage does not like" French Canadians", it makes no sense. Gov. LePage hates the Affordable Care Act so much he is letting 70,000 Low income Mainers go without Health Insurance SO the hospitals can pass the cost on to the insurance companies who will pass it on the all of us who pay for insurance !! Horray a NEW TAX on all of us who do pay for our health insurance . AGAIN if the TEA Party/Republicans have a plan to help these 70,000 people GET MEDICAL CARE WHAT IS IT ??

If the Affordable Care Act

If the Affordable Care Act was about affordable health insurance everyone would support it. If its so great, why have so many been granted waivers, including Congress and its staffers. It should be called the unaffordable healthcare takeover act.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Great point Dennis. oBAMa

Great point Dennis. oBAMa keeps putting off the mandates. Why?

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I guess us on the left can play this game...........

As long as everyone wants documentation, eye witness accounts only, and names. Please explain your contention that the ACA is so unaffordable, how about examples of how this law is increasing the cost of healthcare insurance. Also, just how many members of Congress are hurting when it comes to health insurance. Just who is being granted waivers to the law and why? As for who is or isn't supporting this law, seems to me, if it weren't for Republicans, healthcare would now be available for thousands of fellow Mainer's who are now being left out.
As far as that goes, the Republican Party is totally within it's rights to object to the Presidents plan to insure his constituents. Please explain the Republicans plan to replace the ACA. Again, I would like specific details, costs, and coverage analysis. A majority of the people in this country have expressed their interest in affordable healthcare, so you can't just eliminate the plan, Republicans must provide their own ideas. Oh, and by the way it should be, well, affordable...............

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What does the affordability

What does the affordability of the 'Affordable Care Act' have to do with whether or not Paul LePage, Governor of Maine said that barack obama hates white people?

Claudette Therriault's picture

It would be affordable it the

It would be affordable it the GOP would stay out of it.

It works folks. Just keep your paws out of it. Maine had a chance to accept expanded Medicaid coverage. It was vetoed and the GOP did not have the nuts to overturn the veto.

Now many will be without insurance.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"It works folks". You speak

"It works folks".
You speak from first hand experience? Please explain to us exactly how it works and saves us money by lowering premiums.

Claudette Therriault's picture

Yes, I am speaking from first hand experience, Paul

The year that my husband started on Medicare, we almost last our home because we were slapped with a $5000 "donut hole" out of pocket expense. His insulin was $990 for a 25 day supply. It was his life or losing our home! Fortunately, we were able to work with our lender. This "donut hole" has decreased every year since ObamaCare and will be completely eliminated in 2014.

A friend of mine is 2 years into breast cancer recovery. She got a new job and she was covered for a reoccurance of breast cancer. Before ObamaCare, she would not have been covered.

My 22 year old granddaughter and her 18 year old brother are on their mother's insurance because their jobs don't provide insurance. Before ObamaCare, they would not have been covered.

It's not meant to lower premiums of those with existing insurance. Sure, it's not perfect, but it works and eventually the kinks will be worked out.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You're right, it isn't

You're right, it isn't lowering premiums for those with existing insurance. In fact, it is causing their premiums to increase to cover the costs of all the good obamacare things you mentioned in your post. The insured are paying to cover the uninsured. That's fair?

Claudette Therriault's picture

What part of the examples I

What part of the examples I put out are causing you to pay more?

My husband and I paid into Medicare. We worked for it!!!

My grandchildren? Their Mom is paing for higher premiums so she can cover them.

The lady with cancer? She has insurance that she is paying for like everyone else.

The higher premiums....think about it..... The Governor vetoed expanded Medicaid. People will continue to get free care at the hospitals and doctors...The hospitals and doctors will charge more....The insurances will charge more because they will have to pay out more..... DUH!

DONALD FERLAND's picture

Claudette, there are some on

Claudette, there are some on here that will never get it. They do not seem to realize that "free" care causes the insurance premiums to go up, that hospitals and doctors "overcharging" for services cause the insurance premiums to go up, that insuring more people does nothing to raise their premiums is something that goes right over their head. For those people we will just have to let the karma bus come around....eventually they will reach a hard part of life and will be looking for help that will not be there any more.

Claudette Therriault's picture

Thanks for backing me up

Thanks for backing me up girl!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

How is insuring more people

How is insuring more people on government programs not more costly to the taxpayers? If you think any of it is free, you also are on the wrong bus.

DONALD FERLAND's picture

I did not say it was free.

I did not say it was free. However, your insurance premiums will continue to go up as long as people receive "free" care from our hospitals and doctors because they do not have insurance. Your insurance premiums will also continue to go up as long as hospitals and doctors can charge whatever they want for the services they provide. I have said it before and will say it again...the problem is the overcharging being done by the medical profession....$12 for a B12, $500 to go from St. Mary's to D'Youville by ambulance. If the fees for services were more reasonable you might just see your insurance premiums go down and not up. Now if you were to ask if I thought Obamacare is going to work, I would honestly tell you that I do not know. But I do know that until the costs charged by the medical profession are lowered to reasonable rates, there is no chance in h-e-double toothpicks that insurance premiums will come down. I will also say that doing something is at least a start and tweaks can be made as more information is gathered as the law goes completely into effect. It is better than doing absolutely nothing and it is a starting point. What is the republican alternative? Oh wait, I know that answer, only the rich get covered because God help us if anyone calls the medical profession on the carpet for their charges. We can't upset the rich CEO's of the hospitals because then there would be more problems.

Claudette Therriault's picture

Tina

Found the video from when I testified before a Congressional committee in DC in favor of keeping Obama care. I met so man others who testified who truly needed this Health Care Law to stay. I felt strongly about it two years ago and I still feel this way now and will continue to advocate for it. Hopefully, sooner or later, teabaggers will "get it."

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Do you even know the real

Do you even know the real meaning of 'teabaggers', Claudette. I think if you did you probably would find another term for members of the Tea Party.
If obamacare remains in place in its current state, you and I will be standing in line for bread coupons let alone enjoying affordable health care coverage. I'm not trying to be argumentative with you, but the program just isn't what oBAMa is telling us it is.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Good post although I marvel

Good post although I marvel at your inability to say the word 'hell'.
It is oBAMa who is giving members of congress and their staffs an exemption from obamacare because it is 'unafordable' for them; it is not the republicans taking care of the rich as you stated.
The current system as screwed up as it is, is fixable and better than anything obamacare could ever be. We don't need obamacare, we need a fix to what we have.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Have it your way, Claudette.

Have it your way, Claudette. The reality of the situation will hit you soon enough. DUH to you as well.

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sources

"The lawmakers, both Republicans, confirmed the comment when asked by a Portland Press Herald reporter but asked that their names be withheld for fear of political retribution." http://goo.gl/srkj2Q

Well, here's what we do know...

As was previously noted in this exchange (by Mark Wrenn), President Obama received more votes from White Mainers. And if you don't believe us, here's the numbers: http://pollways.bangordailynews.com/2013/08/19/maine-politics/gov-lepage.... (The person who "Disagree"s with Wrenn's simple statement of fact is opting to disagree with reality, which is quite unfortunate, to say the least.)

...more than Gov. LePage did,

...more than Gov. LePage did, I should have made clear.

SCOTT GRAY's picture

I agree with Le Page

I'll repeat that, I agree with LePage

How's the weather on Mars?

How's the weather on Mars?

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Obama hates white people

While it is probable that Obama likes black people better, I don't think that automatically means he hates white people. I have racked my brains to find out what exactly he is doing in office to justify that comment. Has he vetoed all legislation sponsored or lobbied by white people? Has he made it harder for white people to vote? Has he passed laws making it more likely that white people will be incarcerated longer for their crimes? Has he given out government contracts exclusively to black companies? Has he insulted people in high office because they are white? Racism refers to harming people because they are of a different race. It does not mean you can't like your own kind better. Justice is blind and our goal is that government will treat everybody the same. Racism in office would require that government favors or punishes because of race. I don't see that. The governor, however, makes no bones about hating Democrats. Maybe that is the kind of thing he was referring to, most Tea Partiers being old and white and male. Or maybe he was again just repeating something he read in one of those "anonymous" emails. I too wonder why supporters who paid to hear him speak would make something like this up.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What does oBAMa say? Has

What does oBAMa say? Has anyone thought to ask him?

Brian Franck's picture

I haven't the slightest idea!

Hey, Paul St. Jean, why don't you come back and give us some more comments about tearing St. Joseph's Church down? See, I told everyone that you two guys float from story to story! Here's the proof.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Guessing

I'm guessing he lost interest in anything the guy has to say after the "Kiss my a**" remark.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

That would do it.

That would do it.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Oh this should be very interesting..............

Hear we have a man, the poster child for stupid comments, about the most unpopular Governor in the nation. The Governor of what is arguably one of the whitest states in the country, A Governor running for reelection, making what is, with out doubt, his dumbest comment yet.
With all this, I have only one question. I know he said it, because it sounds to much like LePage, to be a lie. At what is described to be a fundraiser, what in the world, or should I say, who in the world, is he trying to impress? What possible comradery could he possibly be looking for.
I see the dedicated few who refuse to believe that the "Vaseline Kid" could make any disparaging comments. Are out in force today so I'll tread lightly. How could Paul LePage possibly think that insinuating, that the first black President of the United States, hates white people, will win him any votes.
I'm not a hundred percent sure yet, but I think this comment puts LePage right between Donald Trump and Rand Paul on the "dumbest comment yet" category.
And for those dedicated few refusing to believe he said it, I ask this. Who other than Paul LePage could make a statement like that, without the national news stations breaking into regular programming, with special reports? We have almost come to expect comments like this from LePage. I just wish he wasn't associated with Maine, it just makes everyone look as stupid as he is...............

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Do you think Anthony Weiner

Do you think Anthony Weiner will make a good mayor for NYC?

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Maine

Maine is the whitest state in the country, and Obama got a much higher percentage of the white vote in Maine than LePage did.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

And???

And???

RONALD RIML's picture

Obama was re-elected - Not so yet LePage

........

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

There is a better chance that

There is a better chance that by virtue of Executive Order or a declaration of National Emergency, obama will declare himself, with full approval of the American people, President of the United States for a third term, than Paul LePage has of being re-elected for a second term as Maine's governor. Call me cynical, but that's how bad things have gotten.

Ken Perry's picture

Liberal Media BS

I hope the Gov. puts a team of lawyers on this and demands the BDN to show the proof. This "alleged person" did not take any video or recordings?? News Papers are out of control, they are slanderous and seem to be about pushing their political slant on the public. The Gov. should sue the reporter individually along with the NEWS PAPERS that run this type of crap for slander, defamation and whatever else they can think of. Start holding these "news creator" responsible, on a story like this, which is obviously an attack at the Govs. job, the reporter , and whom ever decides to run these unconfirmed attacking stories should at the very least be fired if they can not show actual proof.Everything now a days is about making money, or pushing political thinking on the public, what ever happened to integrity? Have all the media sources lost the "facts only" pride. It is sad that we can not believe what we read or watch on TV because the media no longer require actual verification of their "spin" on the "facts". This is a totally disgusting display of Journalism at best. Liberal media bashing at it again.

Claudette Therriault's picture

Why should we not believe it?

Why should we not believe it? He never opens his mouth without insulting someone!!

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facts only

"The governor’s remarks first were reported Monday by the Portland Press Herald, which cited two unnamed Republican lawmakers as hearing LePage’s comments."

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

All of a sudden and out of

All of a sudden and out of the blue, you're prepared to believe two republicans?

David  Cote's picture

That's right, Pirate...

And a bit farther down the thread note how Mr. Wrenn poo-pooed a republican source from another poster attempting to prove his point. Yessir, those skeptical liberals lambasting all that is not left...unless, of course, it benefits them, (leeches) and is convenient for their argument, (hypocrites).

Jason Theriault's picture

According to the story

According to the story, some of the people making the accusations are Republican lawmakers. And at the very least, they donated $50 to LePage's campaign.

But you know what, I hope the Governor does respond. I hope he clears this up, because as of right now, he hasn't said anything. He could have come right out yesterday and say "This is a lie, I said nothing of the sort". But he didn't. They haven't released a comment because he probably did say it, and they have to figure out how they can spin it.

AL PELLETIER's picture

True, Jason

Another one of many clean up details for Miss. Bennett.

JOANNE MOORE's picture

Miss Bennett.......

.......must feel like one of those people who used to follow the parades - with their bucket, broom and shovel.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Whose job would you rather

Whose job would you rather have, Al, Ms. Bennett's or Jay Carney's?

AL PELLETIER's picture

AARRRG!!

They both suck.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Ahh! You speak Piratese.

Ahh! You speak Piratese.

Jason Theriault's picture

Tough call.

If you were in Jay Carney's shoes, you would have to be professional and on point all the time. The pay and prestige might be better.

However, Ms. Bennett's position has NO pressure whatsoever. Why? There is a zero percent change she makes it worse. She literally can't say anything worse than what the Governor says. Plus, much like the Iraqi information Minister during the Gulf war, it's a creative job. You get to really have fun spinning it because, again, you can't make it any worse.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You left out the part that

You left out the part that Carney's job requires him to be the world's second greatest straight-faced liar.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Guilty until you say you're

Guilty until you say you're not, eh?

David  Cote's picture

He has nothing to clear up

If LePagr did not say what he's accused of saying then he has nothing to answer for. Who knows if he said it or not, what I take issue with is the sensationalism attached to this story(?). I believe if he did say what he's accused of saying then there should be some kind of video or audio recording of it floating around somewhere. The BDN was wrong to run this story without more genuine substance. Or, perhaps they aspire to emulate the National Enquirer.

 's picture

huh?

" there should be some kind of video or audio recording of it floating around somewhere" It must not be a fact unless it was recorded?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

All of a sudden now, facts

All of a sudden now, facts matter?

David  Cote's picture

Yes, Mark...

Up until now, any questionable quotes made by LePage have been backed up with audio and, or video of LePage uttering that comment. In this instance all that's available is heresay. There is no one stepping forward to put their name behind this accusation. The BDN should have known better than to run the story as is. Beside that, given your political leanings, had this story showcased Obama or Biden or some other Democrat in a similar manner the liberal population would be screaming bloody murder until they were blue in the face citing libel and slander. All in the name of politics which some people take WAY too seriously anyhow.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

You are wrong, sort of..........

Your wrong, if a democrat had made the same gaff, I would probably jump all over who ever said something that idiotic. I may hate the Republican way of thinking, but I also have zero tolerance for ignorance, anyone's ignorance.
I guess if he didn't say it, then someone has pulled off a great scandal. What do you think the odds are that someone, sitting around the kitchen table, discussing politics with Mother, decided that a scandal like this would be great fun. This would be a great ploy, to disgrace the Governor, as if he needs assistance.
I say to all you LePage fans out there, give it up. He has bitten off the big one. Now we need to do the right thing..........

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Unless it is proven that

Unless it is proven that oBAMa really does hate white people. Then, LePage will have uncovered another White House scandal, making our governor a sort of hero, eh?

Jason Theriault's picture

Source

Obviously, BDN feels strongly enough behind their source. And before the age of smartphones, this is how newspapers reported gaffes.

That said, LePage could come out and say "This is a lie". Because, I'm sorry, LePage made an effort to be known as "plainspoken", i.e. saying things designed not to advance his argument, but to literally offend those he disagrees with.

Put it this way - would you bet your own money that he didn't say that?

But he hasn't come out and denied it because I bet he did say it, and now he's either hoping it goes away or trying to figure out how to spin it.

David  Cote's picture

It doesn't matter to me if he said it or not

That's not my bone of contention. Providing reliable sources regarding a potentially slanderous story is. If it's proven he said it then run him up the flagpole. This story is too vague to take it at its word. It's actually comical in a way noting how some liberals are jumping aboard the two "unnamed" republican's backs as if they are long lost friends. Certainly a "Hell freezes over" moment. Let the reporters dig a bit more and unearth convincing proof so they can actually print a story worth printing.

Ken Perry's picture

true

But you will not get any support from the liberal lazy democrats unless it is in their favor. And yes I do believe that the BDN would be capable of fabricating a "news" story, after all look at the "buzz" that it has caused already. This type of reporting as sad as it may be is how the BDN makes its payroll. Truth is no longer needed just a good "anonymous" source.

Jason Theriault's picture

Not vague - unsubstantiated.

It's not vague - it makes a very specific claim. It is unsubstantiated, because from the sounds of it they have one source.

But that's where the governor should come out and dispute it if its false. Hell, he has a person who's job it is to communicate with the press, so he doesn't even need to waste his time. But the silence from the Governor's office speaks volumes.

They can't come out and say the source is lying because he probably isn't. So either they will say nothing or try and figure out someway to blame this on the "Liberal Press".

All he has to do is say this is a lie, and I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

David  Cote's picture

The burden of proof is with the accuser

So I, once again agree to disagree with you, Jason. However, I do find it rather curious that the press omitted a specific politically correct word describing the quote, or should it have been noted as an "alledged" quote. Omitting that specific word makes the story look cheesy.

Bob White's picture

Or

Maybe he is working for the state and he doesn't want to be part of these games. Really would it really matter what he would say to the liberals?

Ken Perry's picture

why?

Why should he, if he did not say it then why should he stoop to the level of that reporter ? The paper is the one making the charges, if the ones that " told the reporter the story do not have any proof other then hear say and will not even defend what they said then how credible can they be? We supposedly had the right to face our accuser don't we?

Jason Theriault's picture

According to the story

According to the story, some of the people making the accusations are Republican lawmakers. And at the very least, they donated $50 to LePage's campaign.

But you know what, I hope the Governor does respond. I hope he clears this up, because as of right now, he hasn't said anything. He could have come right out yesterday and say "This is a lie, I said nothing of the sort". But he didn't. They haven't released a comment because he probably did say it, and they have to figure out how they can spin it.

Jason Theriault's picture

Sorry

Sorry for the double post.

David  Cote's picture

No sweat on the double post...

After all, it is two fer Tuesday.

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What kind of newspaper puts a

What kind of newspaper puts a headline like that without concrete evidence. Sun Journal should be ashamed of themselves. I'm sure they could of used different wording for the top, They're just making him look worse and worse leading up to the election, so they can have another "puppet" in office to say and do whatever the House & Senate tells him what to do. PITIFUL.

Thomas Jenkins's picture

LePage heard telling GOP donors, lawmakers that Obama ‘hates whi

So what's the issue? I'm not a LePage fan, but Obama let's say doesn't have a big love for the white folks.

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race

How can LePage be racist? He knows a black guy...

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Same way Oprah isn't racist

Same way Oprah isn't racist because she has white folks working for her.

David  Cote's picture

Two points...

No. 1 ; If you are going to offer a quote to a news publication in reference to another person's quote then have the guts to attach your name to it. Otherwise, keep your mouth shut.

No. 2 ; If the Bangor Daily News was an actual unbiased news source, they would have held this story from publication until a further investigation proved either LePage said it or he didn't.

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You call this "journalism?"

Two people say the Governor made a statement and then refuse to identify themselves? I guess that we are all fair game now to anyone who wants to say anything about us to people who buy ink by the gallon. Very comforting that the local newspaper exudes high integrity and journalistic standards.

RONALD RIML's picture

The two sources DID identify themselves.

What makes you think they didn't??? They merely wished their names not be printed.

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You call this "journalism?"

Two people say the Governor made a statement and then refuse to identify themselves? I guess that we are all fair game now to anyone who wants to say anything about us to people who buy ink by the gallon. Very comforting that the local newspaper exudes high integrity and journalistic standards.

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okay..

So, an editorial from a right wing publication?

Liberals call anyone who

Liberals call anyone who disagrees with Obama racist all the time. After seeing the church Obama attended with Rev Wright, one might wonder what he thinks.
Especially with what his policies are doing to America. turning a constitutional republic, into a banana republic.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Given today's politically

Given today's politically charged environment, I need more people to step forward and say they heard the same words.

Brian Franck's picture

Do you want me to step forward?

Where have you been all my life, Mark Gravel? You abandoned the battle to tear down St. Joseph's Church! It's going to take a long time for the story above to reach 300 comments. See, I told everyone that you and Paul St. Jean float from story to story with your comments. You even got Jason Theriault involved in this one. And here is the proof!

MARK GRAVEL's picture

In regards to St. Joseph's,

In regards to St. Joseph's, we are waiting for CMMC to make the next move. I have to keep repeating this for you, but CMMC said they will decide what to do with the Church over the next few months.

Unlike Frack (or is it Frick?), I'm patiently waiting for CMMC to decide.

Brian Franck's picture

Haven't you heard the latest news?

Central Maine Healthcare Corporation is going to sell the buildings and land to me for dirt cheap! As soon as I am finished with the renovations, I will invite you and Paul St. Jean (He is ignoring me!) over for supper. Now, how does that sound to you Mr. Gravel, or should I say, Gravelpit?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Paul, I see that Frack (or

Paul,

I see that Frack (or is that Frick) is still delusional.

Brian Franck's picture

Paul St. Jean won't speak to me!

Well, at least I don't have dementia like you two guys with all those utterly absurd comments the both of you made regarding the saving of St. Joseph's Church debate! And thank you, Mark, for the comparison to Henry Clay Frick, a wealthy New York City industrialist from the nineteenth century, who gave ostensibly to the arts and other charitable causes. For himself, he built a luxurious mansion near Central Park which now houses the Frick Collection.

Oh crap.

We agree. But then again, truth in reporting should be a non-partisan issue...

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Life should be a bed of roses

Life should be a bed of roses too, but that is not reality now is it?

Oh wait, a bed of roses is thorny like life. Now I'm confused.

Steve  Dosh's picture

LePage heard telling donors, lawmakers that Obama ‘hates hate ?

Paul LePage , 19:19 hst ? Monday
. . Oh . So now you read minds , too .
#1 ) Are you p s y c h o t i c ?
A: ____________________ ?
/s, Steve , HI
#2 ) " It's a joke. Only a joke ." -- Jeff Foxworthy
#3 ) " If they are our psychic friends , how come they aren't calling us up on the phone ? " -- Oprah

Hard call

The man is an idiot. But since it's only second-hand reporting from two (of 60) attendees, I will not believe he is that sort of idiot without solid first had evidence (like a secret recording?) to corroborate the accusation. Who are these anonymous witnesses and how do we know they aren't just paraphrasing, providing their own interpretation of what he said because they, too, think he's an idiot and are only too happy to make him look bad?

I mean really, he doesn't need the help, so making stuff up is not helpful.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Hey Wayne........

How could you paraphrase anything polite into , "Obama hates whites", and the source, as was reported, are two Republican law makers who would be in LePages cross hairs if they identified themselves. I don't blame them for being quiet.

You misunderstood

It was not necessarily "polite," and knowing our Monarch as well as we do, we can be sure it was not complimentary. But that does not mean it was anything as inflammatory as "Obama hates white people". Two anonymous sources whom we do not know and do not know the axe they have to grind are not enough. Two of 60+, the rest of whom said they didn't hear it, is not enough to pass the smell test on this story.

As to how? As easily as Betsy McCaughey was able to spin a clause on the ACA to be an ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY that there would be "death panels"*. As easily as a story about regular collection and banking of phone numbers turns into THE GUMMINT IS TAPPING OUR PHONES!** As easily as a law that makes no mention of any industrial farming operations becomes THE MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT!

In other words, people are going to read and hear what they want to read and hear, regardless of what is actually said.

So until there's slam dunk evidence this was actually said, I cannot give credence to a rumour two people with an obvious axe to grind are trying to start.

*(to be fair, it was Sarah Palin who coined the phrase, based on the claims McCaughey published in an op-ed which suggested that panels would be created to decide who lives and who dies.)
**(collecting a record of what numbers are calling or called by what other (international) numbers, without names or content attached, is not even CLOSE to a phone tap)

Steve  Dosh's picture

Wayne ? What ? 19:20 hst ?

Wayne ? What ? 19:20 hst ? Monday /s, Steve :D
" Let's do ZUMBA ® in Maine ! "

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