LePage changes plans to attend MLK breakfast

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has changed his plans and attended a Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast just days after saying critics of his decision to skip other holiday weekend events could "kiss my butt."

Paul LePage
Robert F. Bukaty

Gov. Paul LePage, applauds during a ceremony in the House chamber, Thursday, Jan. 6, at the State House in Augusta.

LePage attended the breakfast in Waterville on Monday, just as he had done for several years as the city's mayor before being elected governor.

His appearance was scheduled after he responded Friday to critics of his decision not to attend the state NAACP's annual holiday celebrations. LePage cited scheduling conflicts, but his "kiss my butt" comment drew harsh criticism from state and national leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

LePage didn't speak publicly at Monday's event, but in an interview spoke of the importance of King's contributions.

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If this was a serious issue

If this was a serious issue (and it isn't) Why doesn't LSJ PRINT the positions of what the NAACP has or has not supported in Maine? Instead, you characterize NAACP as the poor poor victims of that vile Governor. Who DID the NAACP Maine Support for governor? Were they like LSJ and got proven wrong? Are you going to PRINT the positions of this DNC shill or not? Words, tone, emphasis, intent. The Maine NAACP (nicely) accused our Governor of a "discouraging pattern." Which in elite terms, means gee he might be a racist. Don't you think he got USED to these words games, during the election? Did you, accept the invitation to have lunch with his son? Will you PUT that interview on the front page? Paul went to a breakfast he has always attended. If Baldacci or Cutler had an adopted Jamaican Son, I can promise dear posters, that LSJ would have made a series of it, week after week.
Sorry, thanks for letting me post, I think Paul should keep it up, stand strong, and tell them more often.

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Lepage changes plans

I think the Governor decided to attend the Breakfast because he wanted to End of speculation. he is doing just fine as our Governor. Oh what a relief it will be when Tron and his co alias posters are unmasked

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What do you mean, "unmasked"?

What do you mean, "unmasked"? He's verified. This is as unmasked as it gets. Check his profile, it tells you who he is. So what?
Don't have to agree with him, but he has the right to be here so long as he watches what he types. Same applies to all of us.


Mind the rules, remember the day

You are verified but you still need to follow the rules of engagement and that includes no name calling. Fat and Happy should not be calling names either.
This is a warning to both of you. Chat about the issues, disagree as you will, but use facts and reason to support your point and not insults against each other. The conversation on race and the governor's comments is a touchy one so you need to tread carefully.
There's a large number of people who feel he was speaking his mind and good for him -- another large number of people found the comment tasteless and insensitive. That said if you want to talk about it here don't be tasteless and insensitive.
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- he said "We must learn to live together as brothers or we shall perish together as fools."
I think there's a lot to that.

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Not enough

LePage needs to apologize for his words and accept responsibility for them. This is evidently something he has never done, but he needs to learn to do so.

Un American...

Ric..I see your from S.C. where they probably think that way, but most of us in Maine don't think you need to tell people to kiss their butt..there are more ways to respond, than this low life way of talking..just shows his ignorance..of course he will always have his fans..I think he got about 35% of the votes, so maybe 1/3 of the state thinks his response was cute, but not the rest of us..as far as him changing his mind...What Mind?????

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When was the last time the

When was the last time the Klan did?

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He's just a showboat.

And we have four years of this crap.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Welcome to Maine's version of

Welcome to Maine's version of oBAMaLand.

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Isnt't that what all good

Isnt't that what all good politicians do?


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