The Latest: Governor downplays reports that he might resign

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest on fallout from GOP Gov. Paul LePage’s obscenity-laced tirade against a Democratic legislator (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has tweeted that reports of his “political demise are greatly exaggerated.”

The Republican governor made the comment Tuesday, hours after he said on a radio show that he was going to meet with family and close advisers to decide his next steps amid calls for his resignation following an obscene voicemail message he left for a Democratic lawmaker.

LePage declined to say on the show whether he intended to serve out the reminder of his term.

He said: “I’m not going to say I’m not going to finish it. I’m not saying I am going to finish it.”

LePage has recently come under fire for saying blacks and Hispanics are largely responsible for Maine’s heroin trade and then for leaving a voicemail that said, “I am after you.”


10:30 a.m.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he will not hold a public a town hall meeting as planned in the hometown of a Democratic legislator he targeted with an obscene voicemail rant.

The Republican governor planned to hold the event in Westbrook on Wednesday evening, but the event has been canceled. The board of the teen center where LePage wanted to hold the event voted to cancel it, citing space concerns.

Westbrook is the home of Drew Gattine (gah-TEEN’). LePage left a profane voicemail on Gattine’s cellphone last week because he thought Gattine had called him a racist, which Gattine denies.

The governor has been under fire for comments he made that appeared to link the state’s drug crisis to minorities.


9:50 a.m.

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he plans to meet with a Democratic lawmaker to make amends for leaving an obscene rant on his voicemail that said, “I am after you.”

Speaking on WVOM-FM radio, LePage said Tuesday that his tirade was “unacceptable and totally my fault.”

He says he’s going to meet with family and close advisers to decide what to do next. He says he hopes Maine residents will forgive him and say, “You clean up your act and let’s move forward.'”

LePage had been angry with Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine (gah-TEEN’) because he thought Gattine called him a racist. Gattine denies it.

Democratic lawmakers last week warned that LePage was coming unhinged and called for a political intervention with LePage. Some also asked for him to resign.

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