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How Did Paul LePage Get Elected Governor of Maine?

How Did Paul LePage Get Elected Governor of Maine? January 11, 2016

RacismMaine has never been a hotbed of right-wing politics. It hasn’t voted for a Democrat for president since 1988 and is seen as such a safe Democratic state that no one even bothers to campaign there much. But somehow this Tea Party buffoon named Paul LePage managed to get elected governor and he’s done nothing but embarrass the state since. And he even got reelected in 2014. Baffling to me. His latest bit of racist stupidity:

During a town hall meeting in Bridgton, Maine, LePage was asked how he plans to address the state’s heroin epidemic. The first step, LePage said, is beefing up enforcement.

“Now the traffickers … These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty, these types of guys. They come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, and they go back home,” LePage said. “Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue that we’ve got to deal with down the road. We’re going to make them very severe penalties.”

But of course, he wasn’t being racist at all:

“The governor is not making comments about race. Race is irrelevant,” LePage communications director Peter Steele said. “What is relevant is the cost to state taxpayers for welfare and the emotional costs for these kids who are born as a result of involvement with drug traffickers. His heart goes out to these kids because he had a difficult childhood, too. We need to stop the drug traffickers from coming into our state.”

Yeah, it had nothing to do with race! He just happened, totally by accident, to pick several stereotypically black names. And he just happened, totally by accident, to mention that they impregnate white girls specifically. Besides, he has plenty of black friends. He even lets them use his bathroom. Common Dreams nailed him good:

The same night LePage opened his trap to emit his racist bile, Maine DEA officials arrested three people for heroin trafficking. Their names are James, Jody and Donna. All three are white Mainers. Last month, in what was called the largest drug investigation in Oxford County history, police also announced the arrests of 15 people indicted for dealing heroin with an estimated street value of $3.2 million. Of the 15 suspects, there is one Hispanic guy and two white women from out of state, and one white female Mainer. The rest, 12, are white men from Maine. Their names are Brian, Scott, Brandon, Michael, Gregory, Cameron, Del, Dana, Richard, Kevin, Morgan, Courtney, Matthew, Jacob and Brianna.

But the negroes are impregnating our white women! It’s the kind of rhetoric that in the past led to lynchings. And they have three more years of this racist asshole.

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