Maine governor backtracks after Martin Luther King remarks | Reuters

BOSTONMon Jan 17, 2011 8:13pm EST

(Reuters) – Embroiled in a racial controversy days after being sworn in as governor of Maine, Republican Paul LePage appeared to backtrack on Monday.

LePage attended a Martin Luther King Day breakfast in his home town of Waterville after earlier declining an invitation to events in Portland and Orono, and suggesting that critics “kiss my butt” if they disagreed.

Talking to a Maine NBC affiliate last week, LePage termed the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a special interest group, adding that “I’m not going to be held hostage by any special interest.”

The remarks created a storm for LePage, who became known for blunt talk during his election campaign — at one point telling an audience that when he became governor they could expect to see newspaper headlines stating, “LePage Tells Obama To Go to Hell.”


As long as our leaders and public figures voice comments like this, nothing has changed in the way Blacks are regarded.  LePage’s incendiary remarks should remain all Blacks that your citizenship in the United States is not real, nor permanent!

Maine governor backtracks after Martin Luther King remarks | Reuters.

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