(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.