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Gov LePage's 'Vaseline' Comment Sparks Outrage
06/20/2013   Reported By: Jay Field

Gov. Paul LePage had some choice words for one Democrat - and, has been the case on other occasions, the governor's remarks made national news. As Jay Field reports, LePage used a sexually explicit phrase to denounce Sen. Troy Jackson, an Allagash Democrat who gave his party's response to the governor's promise to veto the state budget.

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In comments to reporters, Jackson (left) said LePage was inaccurate and delusional to suggest that Democrats had been unwilling to meet with him on the budget.

A short time later, the governor emerged from his office to speak with Paul Merrill, a reporter for WMTW, Portland's ABC affiliate. Merrill pressed LePage on Jackson's view that the Democrats have the votes to override his veto.

"Senator Jackson claims to be for the people. But he's the first one to give it to the people, without providing Vaseline," LePage said.

LePage continued his attack on Jackson. "He doesn't only have no brains. He has a black heart. And so does the leadership upstairs."

"People like Troy Jackson," LePage went on to say, "ought to go back into the woods and cut trees and somebody with a brain come down here and do some work."

A few hours later, Jackson, who works as a logger when the Legislature's not in session, met the media to respond. "It's unfortunate that the man who is supposed to be the leader of our state makes comments like that," Jackson said.

But Jackson says he has a thick skin. He says he's been insulted before by people who disagree with him and isn't personally offended by the governor's comments.

"Maybe I am the country bumpkin," he said. "But that doesn't bother me. What's in my heart is good and I'm comfortable with that. I'll go back in the woods anytime."

At the end of his interview with WMTW, the reporter suggested to LePage that his Vaseline comment, in particular, might offend some people. "Good," LePage replied, "It ought to, because I've been taking it for two years."

Watch WMTW-TV reporter Paul Merrill's entire interview with Gov. Paul LePage.


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