WINDHAM (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage stuck to issues like slashing income taxes and reforming welfare at his first town hall appearance since he made controversial comments earlier this month.

LePage appeared in Windham on Tuesday before a crowd of about 150 at a high school. The Portland Press Herald reports the crowd was generally respectful and there was no backlash against the Republican governor for his earlier comments.

LePage held a similar meeting in Bridgton on Jan. 6 in which he made a comment about out-of-state drug dealers with names like “DMoney, Smoothie, Shifty” who come to Maine and impregnate a “young white girl” before leaving. The comment drew criticism around the country. LePage later said it was a slip of the tongue.

LePage said Tuesday he gets “demonized” by opponents.

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