Maine gov uses vulgar remark against Dem lawmaker

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The often-brash governor of Maine is at it again, this time using a sexually vulgar phrase to describe how he says a Democratic lawmaker is taking advantage of the people.

Gov. Paul LePage made the remark about Sen. Troy Jackson to two television reporters Thursday. When one reporter responded that people were bound to find the remark offensive, the governor repeated a variation of it.

LePage’s comments came as he intends to veto a two-year budget because it includes tax increases. Jackson had criticized the governor’s announcement call for 60-day reprieve to negotiate a new budget and called a news conference for later Thursday.

LePage is known for speaking his mind. The Republican once told the NAACP to “kiss my butt.”

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