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. Henry Briscoe

    Dr. King was for all people as I remember.

    January 14, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. DAVE

    As a democrat who voted for Obama I will simply say much as I HATE the current day republican party and how far they have strayed from reality I reluctantly have to admit that I agree the NAACP is a special interest group, like any other, that has an extreme pro black agenda that undermines the advancements this country has mend the terrible race relations of our past. Just like how it shouldn't be all about whites it should not be all about blacks either. As noble as the NAACP beginning might have been they have morphed into a hypocritcal gr
    oup that cares only about their own and not what's best for all Americans collectively.

    January 14, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Dave

    That is poor choice of words to use but i can understand where he is coming from. The black and white issue should be done this is not the 50's we are all americans. The NAACP should have agreed for him to meet wIth all prisoners the NAACP would have raised hell if he was to meet with only white prisoners.

    January 14, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. MAC

    It is about time a politcian stood up to a special intrest. I hope he stands up to all special intrest the same way. Also why would the NAACP only ask black prisoners to the meeting, not all prisoners?

    January 14, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    LOL, that was a good one..... NAACP and the NCAA are just too close! Judgey McJudgemental (me) needs to just be quiet.

    January 14, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. steven harnack

    Another populist who appeals to the belligerent special interests. He loses any point he is trying to make by being a boor.

    January 14, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. sumyunguy

    Some of my best friends and sons are black!

    January 14, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. hecep

    Someone that physically unattractive should learn to be more diplomatic. You'd think he'd know that, being a politician.

    January 14, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Bravo the naacp should respect the gov. wanting equality for all not just blacks, or whites

    January 14, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. joyost

    The voters of Maine knew what they were getting when they elected him. He spoke like this when he was running for election, so it's no surpirse that he is such a rude person. There are ways of declining invitations without insulting people. Some people think that being a jerk is something to be proud of.

    January 14, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. I'mjustaguy

    Finally, someone with half a brain. If he's meeting with prisoners, why not meet with all of them?

    I realize the NAACP has it's agenda, and while I often disagree with them I do think they are necessary. But, if they can't agree to meet with all prisoners instead of just African-Americans, then they're wrong.

    January 14, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Dodger Fan

    What an ignorant Governor my home state has elected. Sad.

    January 14, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Notarichboy

    If you want to talk about a group spreading hatred, look no further than the NAACP. If you do not agree with everything they say or do then they claim you are a racist they try to force their beliefs on everyone. They are responsible for keeping racism alive in the country along with their two buddies Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson!! Kudos to Mr. Lepage!!

    January 14, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. dennish

    FINALLY! A politician with testicles AND a spine!

    January 14, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. GL

    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 "Tea Bagger" Republicans are going to take the whole Republicans party down by 2012. Keep up the good work at dividing this country and by 2012 the whole Republicans party will come to an end.

    January 14, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Silvertrueone

    Wonder what he tells his black son you think?

    January 14, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    To a Tea Freak, anything that is not white is a special interest. But they are not racist. Really.

    January 14, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Pat

    You are an embarassment to our great state, LePage

    January 14, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. sweet

    finally a politician who says what he feels! i just love maine.

    January 14, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Brad Pattershall

    No question a stupid remark to make, especially for a governor. However, the question posed to him was: "What's your response to them saying it's more than one instance but a pattern?" In context, and the immaturity of remark aside, it appears he is criticizing the NAACP for asserting that he repeatedly snubs them. I would note he's been governor for only 9 days, so there could be some truth to the notion that he could not possibly have a pattern of declining the NAACP's invitations. Regardless, this is the type of remark that's going to push buttons.

    January 14, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. N.O. Saints Fan

    Hmmmm....another "don't have a clue" human. Disrespectful articulation toward the President of the United States shows pure ignorance, especially from a ranking individual within the State Government. Paul LePage remember that what goes around comes around. Just because you have a "Jamaican" son does not mean that you don't have prejudices against people of color. Such a sad piece of human being governing the State of Maine!

    January 14, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. GL

    The "Tea Bagger" Republicans have won most of the Governor jobs thoughout this country and they will be the dealth of the Republicans by 2012 and most of them will not be re-elected because they would have destroy with is left of this country with their hate mongering toward any body that is not white.

    January 14, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. ex-Republican

    Obvious racist is obvious.

    January 14, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Mr. Sniffles

    Well, at least he's giving them a very very very big target !

    It's not like blacks are citizens or anything, or deserve to have their representatives represent them.

    What is America coming to when whacko wingnuts like this guy gets elected? We are in for a couple very weird years in politics.

    January 14, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. GL

    This is just like a racist fools. it like saying my best friend is black and that is suppose to make them not racist. He is a racist fool and I feel sorry for the black kid he adopted for whether reason. Money is not going to sovle this black kids problems because wants he walks out of the white man house is going to be treated like a black man and if this man do not understand money will not help this kids in the long run.

    January 14, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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