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Dems Blast Maine Governor for "Gestapo" Comment
07/09/2012 10:06 AM ET  

Gov. Paul LePage is also being taken to task by members of Maine's Jewish community, who say his comparison of the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo is out of line.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Democratic lawmakers are calling on Maine Gov. Paul LePage to apologize for his remarks comparing the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo.

The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate issued a statement Sunday calling LePage's language "intentionally offensive.'' Rep. Emily Cain and Sen. Justin Alfond said Holocaust survivors and Word War II veterans who witnessed the terror of the Adolf Hitler's secret police "should not be trivialized for political shock.''

In his weekly radio address Saturday, LePage attacked the Supreme Court's decision that upheld President Barack Obama's health care law.

LePage said the court's decision has "made America less free'' and that people have no choice but to buy health insurance or "pay the new Gestapo--the IRS.''

Members of Maine's Jewish community are also comdeming the governor's remarks. In a statement, the Jewish Alliance of Southern Maine is calling on LePage to publicly acknowledge "this insenstive and inappropriate comment."

"Comparing the IRS, an agency of a democratic American government, to the secret police force of Nazi Germany is deeply offensive to the millions of Jews and other minority groups who suffered at the hands of the Nazis," the group says.



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