Maine governor says NAACP can 'kiss my butt'
January 14th, 2011
01:43 PM ET
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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. mm

    sooooo suave.

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

    Coming from a black women... Lepage shouldn't be obligated to attend any event outside of his duty. He may have his personal reasons for not attending, who know but Lepage. I completely respect the NAACP. As Lepage insinuated, it is a special interest group. As a Grown man and governor he should be able to make decisions that reflects where he stands on some issues. PSA: Just because you have a black kid in your family picture does not mean you like black people

    January 14, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. AnOldGuy2

    wow....what a NICE guy these Tea Partiers have endorsed.....

    I guess manners and a civil tongue are lost on this group of nare-do-wells. What a waste.....

    January 14, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Jack

    Hmm. Methnks this man needs some therapy or counseling. A little unhinged, I 'd say. I know–it's tough being a grown up and talking and acting like a grown up. Adolescence is much easier. He doesn't have to attend the gathering if he doesn't want to but he needs to know how to talk and not sound like some petulant tennager.

    January 14, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    I see the time for civility is over.

    January 14, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. sharon

    OK!!! Here we go again! Have they learn anything over these past few weeks.The negatitve tone and language is un neccessay. He should have handle it differently. He needs people of color votes to get ahead. We do not nor listen to that tone. Negative tone create negative reaction. Let that be lesson learn. 2012 is coming soon!

    January 14, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Truth

    This is the type if racist trailer park trash the TEA KLIX KLAN supports. Just like Sarah palin and wacknjob Sharon angle and the crazy Tucson shooter as well.
    There has not been one tea party person condeming the tucson shooter on television. Theses sickos are really the KKK. just look at the ideology of the idiots they back and support. They are racist terrorists.

    January 14, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. South Side

    It doesn't surprise me one bit the he's Tea Party-backed. "Hey look everybody I adopted a Jamaican! That means I'm one of you!!!"

    January 14, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    It's time to end ALL special interest functions. The wealthy farmers do NOT need subsidies (Bachmann's family gets paid by the government), the blacks and hispanics and whites have equal access to education and jobs now, and women can get put in prison the same as men for breaking the laws (although it does depend on how good looking she is and who the judge is - ha).

    Stop the special treatment.

    January 14, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. KLK

    Having a son who happens to be black doesn't mean you're not the typical racist republican pig.

    January 14, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    More power to him and also all the Obamanites can kiss mine.

    January 14, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. NameRoza

    "kiss my butt" and "go to tell" comments from a Gov I see y the US is considered a joke to other countries...just look at some of our embarsssing.

    January 14, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Philop

    Unemployment is at 16% in the blackamerican community and even higher for older blackamericans. What can we do to escalate the real issues faced by this segment of the community?

    January 14, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Harris porter

    I would like to agree with the governor to meet all prisoners and not only black prisoners,but when you tell some one to Kiss your butt that is very unprofessional.I am a jamaican born and now a citizen of the United States and i know his adopted son of jamaica is not proud to hear him represent his office in that rude manner.Gov:Lapage should apologize!

    January 14, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Kevin Cantu

    im sure they're saying(NAACP) the sane thing about him so.......tit for tat.

    January 14, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Joey

    So a tea party leader is racist. Big surprise.

    January 14, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Civility is a virtue

    I don't disagree with the governor's actions, but his language is unbecoming and sadly typical of his ilk.

    January 14, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. cindy dial

    They can pucker up and kiss my butt too.

    January 14, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Mercfan

    It's his choice not to attend the event and he shouldn't have to defend that choice, but enough with the mellowdrama – No one his holding him hostage – unless he's anticapting a prison revolt at the event.

    January 14, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Go to hell, LePage!

    January 14, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Yemmy

    Uare an ignorant Governor, u lack talking manners , no decency in ur gene. U are probably one of those pack of rascals with no mandate that's looking to hijack this conutry for their selfish sake. Idiots bunch,

    January 14, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. kari

    Such hatred.

    January 14, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Rsprings

    Actually, he Gov is right. Why does any public offical need to jump when the NAACP or any other group says to? If you are going to meet with Prisoners meet with al of them regardless of race.

    January 14, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. wv thoughts

    Great work Governor LePage. Why not speak with ALL prisoners?

    January 14, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Baggers have no business in government.

    January 14, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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