Was It Something I Said?

LePage sends letter to GOP lawmakers apologizing for controversy.

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Aug. 26, 2013, 6:36 a.m.

Gov. Paul LePage (R) “sent a let­ter to Re­pub­lic­an law­makers Fri­day apo­lo­giz­ing for ‘any dif­fi­culty that re­marks re­cently re­por­ted in the press’ had caused them.” LePage was re­fer­ring to re­ports that he re­cently told GOP donors at a private fun­draiser that Pres­id­ent Obama “hates white people.”

In the let­ter, LePage wrote: “”Let me be clear, I do not be­lieve that Pres­id­ent Obama dis­likes any ra­cial group. … I be­lieve that Pres­id­ent Obama had per­haps the most unique op­por­tun­ity in his­tory to bring the coun­try to­geth­er. He could have been a great uni­fi­er for this na­tion. It is un­for­tu­nate that the Pres­id­ent has missed that op­por­tun­ity. It is also un­for­tu­nate that the me­dia seized on this op­por­tun­ity to try to di­vide us even more and cre­ate a prob­lem where there is none.”

LePage blamed “news­pa­pers owned by polit­ic­ally mo­tiv­ated and power­ful elit­ists” for tak­ing his words out of con­text and us­ing them against him. The let­ter “marked the first time the gov­ernor has con­firmed dis­cuss­ing Obama dur­ing the fun­draiser,” but it does “not ad­dress his ex­act state­ment dur­ing the fun­draiser.” (Bangor Daily News)

QUITE A SUM­MER: “Since June, [LePage] has sparked out­rage over a crude sexu­al com­ment he made about an op­pon­ent; re­marked — jok­ingly, he said later — that he wanted to blow up a news­pa­per, and, ac­cord­ing to a Maine me­dia re­port this week that he denied, told a room­ful of Re­pub­lic­ans re­cently that Pres­id­ent Barack Obama ‘hates white people.’” (Politico)
— Kev­in Bren­nan 


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