January 14, 2011

UPDATE: LePage tells NAACP to 'kiss my butt'

By Susan M. Cover scover@mainetoday.com
State House Bureau

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Gov. Paul LePage

Jan. 6, 2011, AP file photo

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The governor has personal commitments on Sunday and will attend the funeral of a state trooper on Monday, according to Demeritt.

In an interview, Demeritt said LePage will not do nearly as many ceremonial events as past governors but will focus more on managing state government.

He said while it’s unusual for a governor to use the term “kiss my butt,” it’s part of the way LePage communicates.

“He’s very free spoken,” he said. “It’s a term that’s not often heard from governors. He’s got a directness about him that a lot of people find appealing.”

Demeritt also released the text of LePage’s pre-recorded radio address a day early because it focused on the Monday holiday honoring King and last week’s shooting in Arizona that took the lives of six.

“Dr. King is someone who spent and ultimately gave his life making sure that people got a fair shake regardless of race,” the radio address reads. “He got his start in 1955 as a civil rights leader in Montgomery, Alabama, at a time when blacks had to give up their seats and move to the back of the bus in deference to white passengers.”
Portland Press Herald Staff Writer Kelly Bouchard contributed to this report.

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