PORTLAND — Gov. Paul LePage will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday in Westbrook, the city represented in the Maine House of Representatives by the Democratic lawmaker that the governor targeted last week with a profane voicemail, leading to his biggest controversy yet.

LePage will use the event to “deliver remarks about moving Maine forward and answer questions from residents,” according to a news release issued Monday morning.

But the timing of the event, days after the governor said he would like to engage in a gun duel with Rep. Drew Gattine, has some local politicians saying that the town hall is merely a continuation of LePage’s attack on the legislator.

“I would like to take it as a sign of the governor is trying to move Maine forward, but sadly what I think anyone would take it as is just another way for him to pick a fight,” said Brendan Rielly, president of Westbrook’s City Council.

LePage last week left a voicemail for Gattine, calling him a “little son-of-a-bitch, socialist c**ksucker,” after the lawmaker criticized LePage’s earlier comments about about black and Hispanic drug dealers. LePage later told the Portland Press Herald that he’d like to have a duel with Gattine, and point his gun “right between” Gattine’s eyes. The governor later said the reference to a duel was “simply a metaphor.” On Friday, LePage apologized to the “people of Maine” for using the obscenity, but made a point of not apologizing to Gattine.

Those events led Rielly, and two other Westbrook city leaders, to issue a statement on Friday that criticized the governor, calling his tirade “insanity.”

The town hall will run from 6 to 7 pm at My Place Teen Center, on 755 Main St., with doors opening at 5:30.


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