Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage left an expletive-filled voicemail for a state lawmaker who called his recent comments about drug dealers racist, the Portland Press Herald reports.
LePage called the lawmaker a “socialist cocksucker” and later said he would like to have an armed duel.
“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage,” the governor said on a voicemail to Democratic State Rep. Drew Gattine. “I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you cocksucker. I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker, you — I need you to, just friggin’ — I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”
LePage then let local media know that he had left a voicemail and invited them to his house to speak with him.
There the governor said: “When a snot-nosed little guy from Westbrook calls me a racist, now I’d like him to come up here because, tell you right now, I wish it were 1825. 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. I would point it right between his eyes, because he is a snot-nosed little runt and he has not done a damn thing since he’s been in this Legislature to help move the state forward.”
On Wednesday, LePage said at a town hall that he keeps records of every single drug dealer who has been arrested in Maine. “I don’t ask them to come to Maine and sell their poison, but they come and I will tell you that 90-plus percent of those pictures in my book, and it’s a three-ringed binder, are black and Hispanic people from Waterbury, Conn., the Bronx and Brooklyn,” the governor said.
He was later confronted by a reporter who said that he talked to Gattine and that Gattine had called LePage a racist. (RELATED: Maine Gov: Drug Dealers Named ‘D-Money’ Are Impregnating White Girls In State)
Gattine has denied calling LePage a racist. “What I said to the television reporter today is that the kind of racially charged comments the governor made are not at all helpful in solving what the real problem is,” the state lawmaker said.