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.”

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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