Politics

August 24, 2013

LePage apologizes to Republicans for Obama controversy

He says the president doesn't hate white people, but doesn't deny making the remark.

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

and Joe Lawlor jlawlor@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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• In July of 2012, he compared the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo, the Nazi police.

• In June of this year, he said Maine Assistant Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson would be "the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline."

In response to that comment, Republican state Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, wrote a scathing op-ed that appeared in the Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News in late June.

"As a lifelong, proud Republican who was overjoyed to see a Republican elected back into the Blaine House three years ago, I have one thing to say. I am embarrassed," Katz wrote.

In his statement Friday, LePage said, "I grew up on the streets, where my first language was French, and I am not a polished speaker. I am plain-spoken, and I do not always use the correct wording while making a point. Yes, I can be blunt. But, as I have learned throughout my life, a person's actions speak louder than their words. So let's focus on the progress we are making to create jobs, improve the economy, reduce taxes and reform welfare. Working together, our actions will build a better Maine."

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Today's poll: LePage's apology

Are you satisfied with Gov. LePage's explanation of the "Obama hates white people" controversy?

Yes

No

View Results