Maine governor says NAACP can 'kiss my butt'
January 14th, 2011
01:43 PM ET
12 years ago

Maine governor says NAACP can 'kiss my butt'

(CNN) – Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is keeping up his reputation for blunt language, telling an unhappy NAACP chapter that they can "kiss my butt."

The governor made the comments to CNN affiliate WCSH after being asked about criticism he received from the organization for refusing to attend an event it is sponsoring on behalf of Martin Luther King Day.

"They are a special interest. End of story...and I'm not going to be held hostage by special interests. And if they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they'd like about it," LePage said.

The governor has an adopted son from Jamaica, according to WSCH.

Specifically, the NAACP event involved meeting with black prisoners at the state prison. Le Page maintains the organization rejected his requirement to meet with all prisoners at the event.

"That wasn't acceptable to them," LePage said. "So, tough luck."

During his campaign for governor, the Tea Party-backed LePage faced fire when he said he would tell President Obama to "go to hell" if he was elected. LePage later said he regretted the bluntness of his words.

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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. ficheye

    Typical foot in mouth disease from the descendants of a slave owning society. Strom Thurmond had some black people in his family too; in fact, he had a black 'love child'. Tokenism taken to an extreme. This guy is still a racist with a big mouth. He is not helpful to the public discourse in any way. Just the dark outgassing of a centuries old institution of white supremacy and male dominance here.

    January 14, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. gt

    wow... what a breath of fresh air.... naacp has been a racist, shake down group who have out lived there usefulness ...thanks govenor !

    January 14, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Rafael

    I see another Chris Christie in the making. Good for America!

    January 14, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. ingrid

    Nice. Very dignified. Mainers must be proud.

    January 14, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Len

    What happened to watching what we say as a public official!!!!

    January 14, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. TommyTT

    Ah, yes, this is the new civility–Republican style.

    January 14, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. CathyinAZ

    I am sure he could have accomplished the same thing with different language. BTW, the NAACP is NOT a special interest group. You would think he learned his lesson the last time he spoke off the cuff and had to back track.

    January 14, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Chet Bacon

    I love it! About time someone spoke their mind and didn't worry about been so PC!

    January 14, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. nick

    I wonder if it had een the NRA in lieu of the NAACP who didn't meet his directive if the answer would have been the same? I tend to doubt it... just another Tea-bagger/GOP'er biggot.

    January 14, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. vic nashville tn

    There are So many way to say no
    Our politician always chose the words which make them hero sad

    January 14, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The NAACP is the epitome of racism in America, and should be treated as such.

    January 14, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Baby Boomer

    So much for civility. I kinda miss the days when our elected officials kept those comments to themselves until they got to back rooms full of their old cronies. At least then we gave the rest of the world the illusion that the United States had made some progress from it's horrible past. Now, we and all the world know that little to no progress has been made... How sad...

    January 14, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Patriot

    Just another example of Tea Party intolerance.

    January 14, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. jeff, alabama

    When he says the NAACP wasn't
    willing to meet with ALL the prisoners
    did he mean they would only meet
    with black prisoners ?
    If that's the case it sounds like
    the NAACP is a racially predudiced
    There's no room for hate groups
    in America like that. It's 2010 people.

    January 14, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Chris

    The story is misleading, he doesn't want to go to the event simply because he would have had to speak to the inmates. I'm sure he probably doesnt care for them at all since inmates have no voting rights or because the vast majority are indeed criminals and why should he have to pander to convicts in the first place?

    January 14, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Gus

    Disgusting! Embarassed he is in office. Resign Now!

    January 14, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. nancy bertelsen

    I guess this hot headed tea party person did not listen to Pres.Obama's speech Wednesday evening.

    January 14, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Jake Mason

    It's a great day when somebody is able to stand up against the racist NAACP special interest lobby.

    January 14, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. civility is cool

    Is every Republican polictian completely without any class at all???

    January 14, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. neil

    This is the same guy that appointed his 22 year old daughter to a 41,000 a year job in his administration.Plus she lives in the govenors mansion at tax payer expense.You have to hand it to the tea party.Have your cake and eat it too on the tax payers dime.Can you say hypocrite?

    January 14, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Sal

    That's from another mean spirited Republican. That's all they know how to do.

    January 14, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. AmericanDoc

    This is the future. If we cannot look past color as we know is right, then it remains an issue. These organizations that survive by spreading the "we are victims" mentality, only keep thier people oppressed and unhappy. How about spreading a positive message. How about spreading a message of personal responsibility. How about backing Bill Cosby when he tries to teach a man to fish. As long as the NAACP, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson have thier way, color will be a barrier. They keep racism going from both sides. Kids wouldn't care about color if they weren't taught to be victims or held accountable for racist crimes they never committed. Great job Le Page. You don't need to bow to this hypocrisy.

    January 14, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Another reason blacks and hispanics should vote Republican.

    January 14, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. S. In California

    ANOTHER ignorant republican. What can I say?

    January 14, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. F1G

    Good for him. I am so tired of the hyper-sensitivity regarding race. The "race card" is being way over-played, and therefore watered down. Rev. Al and the gang need to focus on important issues rather than chasing after ghosts.

    Racism is real, but is not going away. However, it exists in the minds and hearts of ALL races. The difference is, some races do not have watchdogs to point it out when they are "insulted". Is it an insult to caucasians (or whites, crackers, etc.) that there is a BET? Perhaps, but nobody is filing lawsuits of discrimination or racial injustice. I wonder if the same would be true if there were a "White Entertainment Television" network, or a "White History Week"?

    I am personally against injustice to anyone on the basis of color, but injustice today is very subjective.

    January 14, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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