LePage Makes Controversial “Vaseline” Remark 

Gov. LePage says he’s looking into a measure that would bridge the gap that would be created by a state government shutdown.Thursday morning at a State House rally, Lepage said he would veto the two year state budget compromise approved by lawmakers last week.The governor said he wants to meet with lawmakers to come up with a better plan and suggested a 60-day extension of the budget to avoid a shutdown.Sen. Troy Jackson of Aroostook County gave the Democrats’ response. Jackson said LePage hasn’t wanted to work with them and that Thursday’s event was a last-ditch effort for him to get his way.When LePage was asked about the Democrats’ response, he said, “Sen. Jackson claims to be for the people, but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”LePage added, “He is bad. He has no brains, and he has a black heart.”The governor said he was upset that the budget process was playing out this way.