In heated remarks about Maine’s state budget, Gov. Paul LePage opted to provide a somewhat lewd analogy this week.
Mr. LePage, a Republican, is locked in a budget battle with Democratic state Sen. Troy Jackson.
“Senator Jackson claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline,” Mr. LePage told ABC affiliate WMTW before walking away.
He then returned.
“Listen, dammit, that comment is not politically correct,” he said. “But we gotta understand who this man is. This man is a bad person. He doesn’t only have no brains; he has a black heart.”
“They are smoking the Maine people and the Maine people are buying it,” he continued.
Informed of Mr. LePage’s remarks, Mr. Jackson responded, “Stamping his feet and making these type of comments doesn’t do anything to help the people of the state of Maine and I’m 44 years old and I understand that that’s not the way that you do things if you’re going to be an elected official.”
When a WMTW reporter told Mr. LePage that his Vaseline comment is going to offend people, the governor responded, “Good! It ought to because I’ve been taking it for two years.”