Maine Gov. Paul LePage (Photo by Matt Gagnon)
Since his election 16 months ago, Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s offensive rhetoric has only been matched by his controversial actions including the removal of a pro-union mural from the Department of Labor, and the use of line-item veto power to cut public access to Maine’s last-stop safety-net program ‘General Assistance.’
But last Friday, Governor LePage stepped up his anti-worker rhetoric when he said, “Middle management of the state is about as corrupt as can be.” His comments even caused leading Republicans to release statements disassociating themselves from his anti-worker views.
Don’t think this was the only outlandish statement the first-term governor has made.
Below we’ve compiled 10 of the worst Governor LePage quotes. If you have one you’d like to share, tweet at us using the hashtag #meanlepage or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AFSCME.
April 30, 2012: “Middle management of the state is about as corrupt as can be.”
Dec. 8, 2011: “Conservation is just another word for a Ponzi scheme in many respects.“
Oct. 26, 2011: “I’m a big believer in trying to get the state regulations no stricter than federal, and we’re trying to encourage the local communities to work with us to make their rules no stricter [than either].”
April 13, 2011: (Less than 100 days in office) “I went on vacation last week because I had nothing to do.“
March 25, 2011: In response to Maine residents who disagreed with his removal of a Labor Mural from the Department of Labor: “I’d laugh at them, the idiots.“
March 4, 2011: “Buying a Maine daily newspaper is like paying someone to lie to you.“
Feb. 22, 2011: “If you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards.“
Feb. 5, 2011: “I’m working for the people of Maine, not the whales of Maine.”
Jan. 14, 2011: When invited to Maine NAACP’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: “Tell them to kiss my butt.“
Sept. 28, 2010: “You’re going to see a lot of me on the front page saying ‘Governor LePage tells Obama to go to hell.’”