Maine governor's explosive joke
August 9th, 2013
06:21 PM ET
9 years ago

Maine governor's explosive joke

(CNN) – Maine's Republican governor is making headlines again for his sense of humor.

Paul LePage, who used a crude sexual reference to describe a Democratic state lawmaker in June, joked Friday he wanted to blow up the headquarters of the Portland Press Herald, one of his state's most-read newspapers.

Sitting in a flight simulator, LePage was asked where he wanted to fly to.

"I want to find the Portland Press Herald building and blow it up," he replied, according to video posted on the website of another Maine newspaper, the Bangor Daily News.

Later, LePage explained on Twitter he was making a joke.

The Republican governor has long had a fraught history with newspapers in his state – he said at one point that members of his administration were banned from talking to reporters from the Portland Press Herald, though the newspaper reported Friday that he never enforced his edict.

The husband of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, owns a majority share of the Press Herald, along with other newspapers in the state.

Earlier this summer, LePage drew headlines when he alleged a Democratic state lawmaker "claims to be for the people but he's the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline."

After initially walking away, LePage returned 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."

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Are Americans electing these nasty pathetic idiots to the public offices. No wonder we need Education.

    August 9, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. jboh

    Another TEA/GOP "statesman". Maybe he can be Sec. of State in a Cruz/Paul administration. The new 3 stooges.

    August 9, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Tony in Maine

    Once again, an embarrassment.

    Violent threats are not jokes – even if they are obvious hyperbole (look it up). Kids get tossed out of school for jokes like that, but Maine has to put up with two more years of The Great I Am.

    August 9, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Winston Smith

    And this man was elected because? Was it too hard for people to get off their duff's and go vote? Surely this person had someone willing to compete with him for the office he now holds. How did he get elected, if not by some fluke?

    August 9, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. Dan

    This man(?) is governor? WHO voted for him? An ordinary person would be taken into custody and God knows what else for making such a comment. DISGRACEFUL!!

    August 9, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. Thomas

    "I want to find the Portland Press Herald building and blow it up,

    "This man is a bad person. He doesn't only have no brains, he has a black heart."

    August 10, 2013 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  7. Marie MD

    In this day and age a joke like can land you in jail or give the crazies an excuse. Doesn't ale much for a right wing zealot to use bombs.
    Maybe next time he wants to act stupid he can say he has a bomb before boarding a plane!

    August 10, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  8. Dennis Freeman

    Stupidity gets redefined every day.

    August 10, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |