Video: Blogger says Paul LePage shoved her; he says she was chewing in his face

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AUGUSTA— Maine Gov. Paul LePage had an interesting interaction with a blogger outside his office Thursday.

And there’s video.

A 20-second clip posted on Facebook by WMTW-TV reporter Jim Keithley shows LePage speaking to a group of media members. In the front is Carol McCracken, of Portland, who writes a blog called Munjoy Hill News.

McCracken points a small camera at the governor from a few feet away. As she films, she chews with her mouth open, and it’s full of food.

“Do you mind? Do you mind moving, please?” LePage says. He then takes both hands and gently pushes McCracken back.

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She replies, “Don’t push me, please.”

LePage then says, “You’re eating in my face,” and wipes his cheek before turning and walking away.

“You’re the rude one, not me,” McCracken said.

LePage then continues to walk away, out of the State House.

“I don’t need your lunch,” he says over his shoulder.

Asked to comment Friday about the interaction, LePage’s spokeswoman, Julie Rabinowitz, said McCracken “very aggressively pushed her way into the Governor’s personal space, took several flash photos just inches from his eyes.”

“She was taking advantage of the buffet in the Hall of Flags, which was intended for legislators, and was chewing with an open mouth. Chicken salad flew from her mouth, spraying the Governor with bits of food,” Rabinowitz wrote in an email. “After she bombarded the Governor with flying bits of her sandwich, she spoke very rudely and aggressively to his staff. So a security officer came to talk to her, and she was still eating the sandwich, and food from her mouth flew onto the officer as well.

“It was an awkward and uncomfortable position for the Governor to be in while he was giving an on-camera interview with reporters. No harm was intended.”

Reporters were waiting outside the governor’s office to ask him about a decision by a Superior Court judge that LePage was wrong to close a prison in Washington County.

McCracken wrote about the encounter on her blog and characterized LePage’s actions as a “shove” that caused her to lose her balance. Other reporters who were there disputed that characterization.

She also referred to herself as “just an easy target for this bully.”

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  • Gaga Bump

    She’s gross. LePage didn’t do anything wrong.

  • MaineCWP

    Snowflake needs to grow up and melt away- Disgusting behavior.

  • Jon Mennealy

    Looks like exaggeration on both parts – McCracken, and Rabinowitz.

  • bob cratchett

    lord, thats the leader of the republicans in your state? East coast republicans are the worst.

    • cbechard

      That’s right baby. Just stay where you are good place for you.

    • chacha

      Did u SEE that awful woman..she was chomping and spewing food everywhere and was right in the man’s personal space…that was gross….she is an absolute PIG!.

    • Walter Bishop

      So you are all set with this woman’s manners?

  • CruiserSailor

    Now I’m no fan of LePage but c’mon lady, chewing food in my face (and probably spitting some out) would tend to piss me off just a little too. Looks like LePage just wanted her out of his face and I can’t blame him.

  • Goode Grief

    Must be a left-winger lookin’ for the proverbial free lunch which was apparently intended for legislators and not faux reporters from some looney-tune blog in the Nanny City. News Bulletin for her: unwanted or unprivileged physical contact such as spitting or hawking food on another is a form of assault. She’s lucky all she got was pushed out of the way, it certainly appears the force used to end her grossness was reasonable and necessary. I’m not a charter member of the LePage Fan Club either, but in this instance I’ve got his back. She’s disgusting!

  • mainer1968

    Sun Journal loves nothing more than to push the left wing agenda –

  • Jenn

    I would’ve done the same thing.

  • CLibbey

    This woman is pathetic.

  • cbechard

    disgusting! I would have done more than that. I would have told her to learn how to eat. Also get the hell out of my face women..

  • Harold

    Big guy thought she ate the last of the food leaving him none

    • Walter Bishop

      Did you watch the video Harold? This woman has no manners and no respect for peoples personal space.

      • Harold

        yes and neither one has any manners

  • Aaron

    I bet she is a messy hoarder.

  • redsquirrel1

    She is fortunate this impulsive brute didn’t slug her

  • doug merrill

    the east coast GOP are the best they push the bottom feeders to the side

  • Thomas Knight

    This LePage panned sez he was right on this one. I don’t know the woman’s politics, but her manners are barnyard.

  • daveinmaine22

    She was out of line no doubt, but a more stable person would have handled it better than LePage

  • Danny Fitzsimmons

    What a sick broad, she belongs in a zoo, No Manners at all. I seldom like Lepage however this lady is a piece of work. He did not shove her but simply gently pushed her away, for this he did the right thing. I can’t blame him at all.

  • marc

    The headline should read BLOGGER ARRESTED FOR THEFT AND ASSAULT ON PUBLIC OFFICIAL