Governor LePage is Maine’s Chris Christie. His Truman-like honesty is hitting home with the people. We sure could use him in New York. I am so ready for a Truman.
His personal story is remarkable. He became homeless at age 11 after he ran away from an abusive father. LePage eventually was taken in by two Lewiston families and worked his way through college with the help of others. He succeeded in business and served as mayor of Waterville before launching his campaign for governor.
“Paul says together we can move Maine forward, and he is right,” said Bruce Myrick, whose family took the young LePage in from the streets. “He is a product of that spirit and we are very proud of him.”
One of the highlights of his inauguration was when he shook his fist at the media box and said, “You’re on notice! I’ve inherited a financially-troubled State to run. Observe…cover what we do…but don’t whine if I don’t waste time responding to your every whim just for your amusement.” The crowd roared.
He said, “I have four years and a job to do,” and then echoed comments he made before the election, that he was putting people before politics. He had people in the crowd shouting approval when he said the framers of Maine’s constitution “had it right” when they left out the word “politics” and any mention of specific political parties. The word “people,” on the other hand, appears 49 times in the document, he said.
During his campaign for Governor, he was talking to commercial fishermen who are struggling because of federal fisheries rules. They complained that 0bama brought his family to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park for a long Labor Day holiday and found time to meet with union leaders, but wouldn’t talk to the fishermen. LePage replied, “I’d tell him to go to hell and get out of my State.” The Lame Stream Media crucified LePage, but he jumped 6 points in the pre-election poll.
The NAACP asked LePage to spend MLK Day visiting black inmates at the Maine State Prison. He told them that he would meet with ALL inmates, regardless of race, if he were to visit the prison. The NAACP balked and then put out a news release claiming falsely that he refused to participate in any MLK events. He read it in the paper for the 1st time the next morning while being driven to an event and went ballistic because none of the reporters had called him for comment before running the NAACP release.
He arrived at that event & said in front of a TV camera, “If they want to play the race card on me they can kiss my ass,” and he reminded them that he has an adopted black son from Jamaica and that he attended the local MLK Breakfast every year that he was mayor of Waterville. (He started his morning there on MLK Day.)
Governor Paul LePage of Maine tells the NAACP to “Kiss my butt.”