August 30, 2016 at 11:24 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
LePage considering resignation after leaving anti-gay voicemail

Paul Le Page, gay news, Washington Blade

Maine Gov. Paul LePage told a radio station on Aug. 30, 2016, that he is considering resigning in the wake of a profanity-laced message he left on a Democratic lawmaker’s voicemail. (Photo by Matthew Gagnon; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday apologized for leaving a profanity-laced message on a Democratic lawmaker’s voicemail that contained an anti-gay slur.

The controversial Republican lawmaker told WVOM, a Bangor radio station, he plans to ask state Rep. Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook) to meet with him. LePage also raised the possibility that he may resign.

“Some things I’ve been asked to do are beyond my ability,” he told WVOM, according to the Portland Press Herald. “I’m not going to say that I’m not going to finish it. I’m not saying that I am going to finish it.”

LePage described Gattine as a “cocksucker” in the message that he left on his voicemail last week. The Republican governor also challenged the Democratic lawmaker to a duel in the recording the Portland Press Herald made public.

Gattine criticized LePage last week after he said at a town hall meeting in York County that 90 percent of the drug dealers who have been arrested in Maine “are black and Hispanic people from Waterbury, Conn., the Bronx and Brooklyn.”

LePage on Tuesday reiterated that Gattine called him a “racist,” even though the Democrat has denied this claim.

“When I was called a racist I just lost it and there’s no excuse,” LePage told WVOM. “It’s unacceptable. It’s totally my fault.”

Gattine and other Maine Democrats have called upon LePage to resign and to take what Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon (D-Freeport) described in a statement as “appropriate steps to get help.” The Portland Press Herald reported on Sunday that state Sen. Amy Volk (R-Scarborough) has said the Maine Legislature should consider censuring LePage.

“We deserve a leader who respects all Mainers, not a homophobic governor who uses anti-gay slurs for his petty personal attacks,” said Equality Maine, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, in a message it posted to its Facebook page last week.

LePage endorsed Donald Trump in February after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suspended his presidential campaign. The Democratic National Committee has called upon the Republican presidential nominee to publicly denounce LePage’s comments.

LePage succeeded then-Gov. John Baldacci in 2011.

Then-Maine Congressman Mike Michaud, who is gay, ran against LePage in 2014. Michaud and Eliot Cutler, an independent, narrowly lost to the Republican incumbent in the three-way race.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

1 Comment
  • These politicians just cannot help themselves. I know they are human but I hope they take responsibility for their own actions. I wish Trump could learn this.

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