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. Dan in Austin

    What a sad state of affairs when our elected officials act like spoiled brats. Disgraceful. I'm sure he'll make time for photo ops.

    January 14, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Rev Mike

    They elected this twit so they could have a good laugh now and then! Right?

    January 14, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Manny

    Awesome!! Some one needs to take a stand against these peeps

    January 14, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Ooooh, what a tough guy. I wonder what the NC governor is going to say about the NAACP filing a complaint against the teatard-laden school board on one of NC's counties that is trying to re-institute segregationist policies and practices. Got my popcorn ready for that one. Oh, what's that? The "news" media is going to bury that story because it puts the lie in the claim that the Teatards aren't motivated, at core, by racism, bigotry and a desire to make sure that minorities are kept in their place lest they think they can take the country away from the white people who were supposed to own it? Wait...the "news" media acting to protect it's carefully constructed story of Teatard legitimacy? Who'd a thunk?

    January 14, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. ...

    This guy sounds like a real gem. I'm sure his son would be proud.

    January 14, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. DAW, NC

    Just who we need representing us, a lot of class. glad he has shown just how civil his is even when he disagrees.

    January 14, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. obama victim

    way to go Govenor

    January 14, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Jamie from Riverside

    Nutjob and a fat ugly one to boot.

    January 14, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Voice of Reason

    So – having an adopted son who is black is a license to insult millions of people and the values they hold? You sir, are an idiot. How typical of the tea-party racists.

    January 14, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Larry

    Just another idiot with an agenda. But hey, if that what the majority of voters want...I have no problem with it.

    January 14, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. carrotroot

    I think LePage should do something in observance of MLK day for .... at least he should do it his son. Furthermore, He could have shown some leadership is proposing to do something else constructive if had objections to NAACP's request. But that kinda tone we took with them is simply not right.

    January 14, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Name @dereksdiatribe

    Love the new attitude of truth and bluntness! Good job, Governor!

    January 14, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    I hate it when White people say they are not prejudice – or they like black people – or they have nothing against Black people – and the reason why it’s true is because one of their best friends is Black or in this case, “I have a son that’s Black” – Maybe he adopted the Jamaican son just to get Black votes – who knows???

    LePage should have been more sensitive to the NAACP because he HAS a Black son – Whatever!! The NAACP is not going to "kiss any butt" and they will continue to exist, as LePage puts it, as a "special interest group." As far as LePage’s job as governor is concerned, that may be history!!

    January 14, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Me

    Don't they marry their own kin in Maine?

    January 14, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    The Governor certainly has the right to refuse the NAACP or any other group he may choose. I just hope he remembers who he has instructed to "Kiss His Butt" come next election when he wants votes.

    January 14, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. qwerty

    Good for him, when a public group requests a public meeting, elected officals refuse 1000's of events, they do not have enough time or travel money, over looking MLKD might not be polite, he should have given a reason but CNN would never tells the whole story.
    So we don't know, but we know the NAACP called CNN to bad mouth the Maine elected officals! NAACP never miss a opportunity do you?

    January 14, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Phattee

    This is what the GOP considers "minority outreach".

    January 14, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. NOT one more BUSH

    And you can french kiss mine!

    January 14, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am surprised LePage hasn't announced running for president yet, as he seems to have all the bagger qualifications.

    January 14, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Sees All Evil

    Dont any of the GOP have manners or respect for anyone or anything but themselves. Bipartisan government is an impossibility with them because if its not thier way its no way. if they become more dominant in 2012 we can kiss our country goodbye. we'll be run right back into the gutter President Obama pulled us out of.

    January 14, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. lforlegend

    His "bluntness' is going to get his "butt" in a fix. He just can't say anything he wants to say and there not be repercussions, no matter what.

    January 14, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Roger

    Glad to see somebody stand up to that racist group finally.

    January 14, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. UP,UP

    What a sorry excuse for a governor and an American. Nice going there Main.

    January 14, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. UP,UP

    Maine that is.

    January 14, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Vern

    I don't understand why this guy states to look at his family....what does it mean if you adopted a black person from Jamaica? This guy needs to grow up and stop being disrespectful. Is that what he's teachinig is adopted child?
    All he needed to say was that he will not attend.

    January 14, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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