(CNN) – Maine's Republican governor used a crude sexual reference to describe a Democratic state lawmaker Thursday.
The pair is currently in a standoff over new taxes included in the state's budget.
"Sen. Jackson claims to be for the people but he's the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline," Gov. Paul LePage told the television station WMTW, referring to state Sen. Troy Jackson.
Video of the remark showed the governor walking away before returning to further explain his remark.
"That comment is not politically correct but we've got to understand who this man is," he said. "This man is a bad person. He doesn't only have no brains, he has a black heart."
Speaking after LePage, Jackson told WMTW, "Stamping his feet and making these type of comments doesn't do anything to help the people of the State of Maine and I'm 44 years old and I understand that that's not the way that you do things if you're going to be an elected official."