Tuesday 20 March 2018

Governor apologises for abusive tirade left on voicemail

Maine Governor Paul LePage. Photo: Gretchen Ertl/File Photo/Reuters
Maine Governor Paul LePage. Photo: Gretchen Ertl/File Photo/Reuters

Alan Martin Maine

A Republican Governor has apologised for leaving an obscene rant on a fellow lawmaker's voicemail and for making a comment about aiming a gun between his eyes.

Maine Governor Paul LePage met Drew Gattine face to face to say sorry but Gattine has said LePage should stand aside.

On August 25, Trump supporter LePage left a foul-mouthed voicemail message for Gattine that said in part, "I am after you", and then he told reporters he wished he could go back in time and challenge Gattine to a duel and point a gun "right between his eyes".

LePage said he was angry because he believed Gattine had called him a racist, something Gattine has repeatedly denied.

The governor initially stood by his statements, saying they were warranted because Gattine had called him "the absolute worst, most vile thing." But he has now described his behaviour as "unacceptable".

The governor has been accused of saying racially insensitive things before, most recently on August 24 at a public meeting. He said he kept photos of drug dealers arrested in the state in a binder and said it showed 90pc of them "are black and Hispanic people".

Previously, the governor has complained about out-of-state drug dealers named "D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty" impregnating young white girls and blamed a rise in infectious diseases on immigrants without providing data.

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