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Maine governor won't hold town hall meeting

Alfredo Watts | 01 September, 2016, 14:22

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But the interview was far from free of controversy.

LePage's second and final term as governor officially ends in 2019.

LePage says he keeps a three-ringed binder of photos from drug busts and most "are black and Hispanic people from Waterbury, Connecticut; the Bronx; and Brooklyn". "Thank you", LePage said on Democratic state Rep.

The Democratic leader in the Maine House is reaching out to mayors of two MA cities to disavow comments Maine's governor made linking the communities to drug crimes.

LePage's staff has faulted the media for failing to note that when he talks about the number of black and Hispanic drug dealers who have been arrested, LePage is referring specifically to dealers in heroin rather than methamphetamines, which are most often distributed by whites in Maine.

Statistics on ME arrests for making or selling all types of drugs in 2014, the previous year for which FBI Criminal Justice Information Service data is available, show that only 14.1 percent of the 1,211 people charged were black.

On Monday, a previously scheduled town hall meeting with LePage was canceled. Republicans control Maine's Senate, but Democrats have the majority in the House.

Donald Trump is welcomed to the stage by Maine Gov. Paul LePage at a March 3 campaign stop in Portland. At a rally planned for this evening at Capital Park in Augusta, attendees are expected to do the same.

Espling also said that she hopes voters will judge candidates based on their own merit and not their opinions of the governor.

Statehouse Democrats called on LePage to step down. "I'm comfortable fighting for the underdog", LePage said. The legislator denies it.

Later on Twitter, in a Mark Twain reference, the governor said the "rumors" of his resignation were "exaggerated".

Maine Governor Paul LePage said on Wednesday he will not resign and is seeking spiritual advice after unleashing an obscenity-laden voicemail message on a political rival, as state lawmakers kept the pressure on the Republican to step down.

LePage also declined to say whether he will serve out the remainder of his term. "I'm not saying that I am going to finish it", LePage said. It's like a cop giving you a warning saying: If I ever see you on the street going 60 again, I'll throw the book at you. The board of the teen center where LePage wanted to hold the event voted to cancel it, citing space concerns. Drew Gattine last Thursday, after the governor believed that Gattine called him a racist.

The Republican leader of the state House, Ken Fredette, said his caucus is against LePage's conduct but doesn't support holding a $43,000-a-day special session to consider censuring or impeaching him.

"It is unacceptable. It is totally my fault", LePage tells the radio interviewers.

"As a result of that meeting, the governor said he would be talking to his family and closest friends about corrective action that was discussed in the meeting", said James Cyr, a Thibodeau spokesman. "And we would have a duel, that's how angry I am, and I would not put my gun in the air, I guarantee you, I would not be (Alexander) Hamilton". The reporter named Gattine as someone who had raised concerns about the comments, though both agree the Democrat never called the governor a racist.