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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Jerome Young's picture

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.

Richard Begin's picture

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

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

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.

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Just this past weekend, three

Just this past weekend, three fine young friends of yours went into a motel in southern Maine and beat the crap out of someone, because of their race. Recent enought for ya?

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fatand???

Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. That is what the NAACP is.
Part black and you don't think we need the NAACP? That sure makes me wonder? How many black ceo's do we have in USA?
Just that fact alone tells you why we need the NAACP. Black people in America have to make up for hundreds of years of discrimination. If you don't know it, you have a lot catching up to do, and sorry, discrimination is still here and holding you back. discrimination is just as natural as having kids around some families even today. And you say you are from Arkansas? Did you know that you "even today" would have a real problem surviving in most rural areas in Arkansas. They think part black is worse than all black you know?? Fact is, you go to Harrison Ar. and see how you do. A whole lot of those people think just like they did 100 years ago. You really should be very aware of this?? Now around the bigger cities, well they are like just about all big cities, but rural Arkansas has not changed to much, and that is most of the State you know? Also, if I ever get discriminated against, I will go to the NAACP, as they don't care if I was white, only if there was discrimination...And I'm glad they are there....

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why is it every racial

why is it every racial incident is justified by you? As far as what is said about me in the Bangor Daily Snooze, boo-hoo, bet most of them are by anonymous cowards, like you

SCOTT THISTLE's picture
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Mind the rules, remember the day

Tron,
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.
Thanks,
Scott

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fatand???

This is why we still need the NAACP. Anyone from Arkansas should be very aware of this.
YouTube.com/watch?v=ARj_6SbjsXA Nothing much has changed in most of Arkansas. Things have changed around the cities, big time in NW Arkansas. Wal-Mart. The rest of the state, not so much. Stuck in time. The same old people live on the same old land. And this video shows who they were, and are, still pretty much today. INDEPENDENT LENS | Banished | PBS
I don't see how you can live in Arkansas and not see or know this?? And I kind of got tired of reading all this stuff fatand??? was writing about Arkansas and relating it to almost everything, so I finally said something. While I still can. :) feb.1st....

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Sorry you all

You might of thought I was trying to trick you and this wasn't Arkansas in the youtube video as they didn't go into it very much.This sort of thing happened all over, but here is the Arkansas part. I'm sorry it wasn't real clear on the other video.
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/banished/harrison.html
And might want to look at this blog. I think it might shed a little different light on things than mister fatand??? thinks is reality back in Arkansas.
http://www.city-data.com/forum/arkansas/462573-racism-harrison-9.html
I wonder if it is just the party thing that makes people think we don't need the NAACP?? and a few tricks and false hoods thrown in for those who are following, keeps all thinking things that are not ?
That is what I think is going on......

Doreen Sheive's picture

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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You MUST question the sanity

You MUST question the sanity of a 'person' who declares the NAACP is as racists as the KKK. People list the last time the NAACP whipped or lynched someone.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

When was the last time the

When was the last time the Klan did?

Bob Woodbury's picture

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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lepage is learning to cover

lepage is learning to cover his rump, quickly.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Isnt't that what all good

Isnt't that what all good politicians do?

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