Update: LePage Makes Controversial “Vaseline” Remark

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 year ago

Governor LePage announced at an anti-tax rally on Thursday that he will veto the budget plan approved by lawmakers last week.”Americans for Prosperity” held the rally at the state capitol.The governor says he wants to meet with lawmakers to come up with a better plan. He’s made a resolution that he says would keep things going for sixty days, avoiding a government shutdown at the end of this month, which is the end of the state’s budget year.It would let state employees stay on the job while avoiding tax hikes.A democrat’s reaction to the governor’s plan caused some controversy at the state house. After the rally, State Senator Troy Jackson from Aroostook County told WABI and one other reporter that he thinks the governor realizes legislators have the votes to override a budget veto and this was just one last ditch effort to do something.When we asked the governor what he thought about that response, he pulled no punches.”That’s fine. That’s who he is. Senator Jackson claims to be for the people, but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing ‘Vaseline,'” said LePage, who then stormed off.He immediately returned telling us, “Damnit. That comment is not politically correct, but we’ve got to understand who this man is. This man is a bad person. He doesn’t only have no brains, he has a black heart and so does the leadership upstairs. They really don’t care for the elderly. They don’t care for the kids at risk. They don’t care for cognitive disabilities. They are smoking the Maine people and the Maine people are buying it. And, it’s so frustrating when you put yourself out there, and you want to help people and they don’t want to. To them it’s a game, to me it’s not about elections, it’s about the next generation.”We later asked the state senator for a response. “It doesn’t bother me. I mean I’ve had a lot better men say a lot worse things about me, so that’s fine. It’s just inappropriate. You wouldn’t think that the governor of the state of Maine would be making those types of comments. You know to be saying those types of things as an elected official, especially the governor. It does nothing to put the state on track. We’re trying to pass a budget here and make sure that working class people with small businesses don’t get hurt and shut down. That doesn’t do anything it’s just unfortunate to say things like that. Just wildly inappropriate and I guess my gut tells me I haven’t done anything wrong other than to stand up for working class people,” said Sen. Jackson. When we mentioned that his comment might be offensive to some people, Governor LePage told us, “Good it ought to, because I’ve been taking it for two years.”


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