September 14th, 2010
05:19 PM ET
8 years ago

Maine candidate lashes out at reporters

(CNN) - What started as a media blitz to promote a new economic policy plan ended in a media headache for the Republican gubernatorial front-runner in Maine Monday.

Paul LePage – a conservative candidate who surprised many with his primary win in June – lashed out at reporters Monday after he was asked about allegations of his wife's tax problems.

At the last of three press conferences across the state, LePage angrily interrupted a reporter when he was asked about reports that his wife had improperly received property tax exemptions for homes in both Florida and Maine.

"Ok, let's stop the bulls-, and let's answer the questions the way they should be answered," he said, according to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

The outburst came just a few hours after a stop in Bangor where LePage had expressed his frustration with the barrage of questions he was receiving about his wife before storming out.

"I will tell you. This is what I'm going to say, and I will not bring this up again. I am running for governor. Not my wife. I want to talk about the billion dollar shortfalls we have. And if you guys want to do the Enquirer, I'm not playing," LePage said in video captured by WMTW.

The Bangor Daily News reports that LePage returned about two hours after the testy press conference to explain himself, telling the State House press corps that he is "overly protective" of his family.

LePage also told the Bangor Daily News that his wife splits her time between Maine and Florida, in part to help care for her mother, and she began receiving the Homestead exemption in both states due to an error that they are now working to fix.

LePage faces off against Democrat state Sen. Libby Mitchell in the general election.

Filed under: 2010 • Maine
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Hmm... Maybe she's just comparison shopping. Trying to decide which evil government check she'd rather give up...

    September 14, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. malcolm in St Louis

    Yeah whats wrong. Only little people pay taxes. Not Republican politician's wives.

    September 14, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Yes don't both wealthy millionaires with questions about cheating on their taxes. Just let those middle class people that actually pay their taxes deal with those kind of questions. Besides the Republicans like to give away special tax breaks to the wealthy.

    September 14, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    An Angry RepubliCAN'T!! What else is new?

    September 14, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. Dieter

    What happend to "taking responsibility"? Oh, yea, that too is only for the "little" people and never Republicans.

    September 14, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    "I want to talk about the billion dollar shortfall we have" so forget about my wife's taxes. This man is a total idiot, WHO DOES HE THINKS PAYS THE TAXES FOR THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION THAT A SPOUSE SHARES.

    September 14, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. CTYank

    Maybe Mr LePage and other candidates and Alaskan hustlers don't realize that "we the people" rely on the fourth estate- a free press, NOT Fox, to openly and honestly investigate people and issues for us.
    Since we can't be there. And we expect answers.
    Forget taking anything back. Just answer up, and we'll decide.

    September 14, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Jeff in Houston

    Silly reporter. Everyone knows Republicans are above the law. Only the little people have to follow the law.

    September 14, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. anotherGDlefty

    Hey come on now !

    Just because the woman he is married to, lives with, travels with, shares a bank account with, etc...just because she is the victim of an error DOES NOT mean he somehow benefits from it.

    Is that what you're saying there Chief ?

    Just making sure........

    September 14, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. mat

    You do realize that he's not responsible for the reporter's spelling, right?

    September 14, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. J. Richter

    God help us if this was a democrat. Somehow nothing the Republicans do that's bad seems to resonate anymore. We've lost our pulse. It's like decades of Republican rule that has brought our deficits up by much more (check and brings the middle class backward has totally left us with Stockholm syndrome ready to return to them to save us from the bad democrats who couldnt fix it fast enough in 18 months. Somehow they love us now and must have changed since the last time.

    September 14, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. D. Bunker

    Gee, it looks like politicians on both sides of the aisle have tax troubles. Of course that won't start the teatards from listing only the Dem offenders.

    September 14, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Keith in Austin

    He must have gotten his tax advice from Tim Geitner!

    September 14, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Craig

    yea, only republicans...

    Can you say "Charley Rangel"...
    I knew you could....

    enough with this...desperation is making you look childish Dems...

    September 14, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. La Piovra

    I don't think Florida is too happy about cases like this, especially if she's registered to vote in both states, too.

    September 14, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. USA 1

    Oops! Open mouth – insert foot...

    Tax cheating is only legal for the GOP.

    September 14, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. Sam4

    What is being missed in this story is that the real crime here is his wife establishing residency in Florida to allow their daughter attend college in Florida at in-state tuition. The couple of thousand saved in real estate taxes is nothing compared to the tens of thousands saved in tuition. This guy manages a chain of surplus stores.

    September 14, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |