The Maine governor's voicemail saga explained

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The Maine Governor's Voicemail Saga Explained

"I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you ----sucker. I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I'm a racist," Gov. Paul LePage said in a voicemail to a Maine state representative.

It's not something you'd expect to hear from a governor, but that's just part of a profanity-laced voicemail Maine Gov. Paul LePage left for state Rep. Drew Gattine on Thursday.

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Though Gattine denies he called LePage a racist, LePage might be used to being called one. He previously drew national attention for this comment he made in January.

"These are guys of the name D-Money, Smoothy, Shifty, these type of guys that come from Connecticut, New York. They come up here. They sell their heroin, and then they go home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave," LePage said at a town hall event.

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MEXICO, ME - MARCH 22: Gov. Paul LePage holds a town hall-style meeting in Mexico, Maine. (Photo by Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) after LePage introduced him at a campaign rally in Portland, Maine March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Joel Page
PORTLAND, ME - DECEMBER 8: Gov. Paul LePage signals that he is done with answering questions during a 'town hall' session at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. (Photo by Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
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PORTLAND, ME - DECEMBER 8: Gov. Paul LePage brings his town hall tour to Portland, speaking at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. (Photo by Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - DECEMBER 8: Gov. Paul LePage brings his town hall tour to Portland, speaking at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. An audience member holds up a sign as Gov. LePage leaves the room. (Photo by Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
LEWISTON, ME - OCTOBER 13: Gov. Paul LePage waved goodbye to the audience after holding a town hall style forum at the Regional Technical Center at Lewiston High School Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The Governor addressed issues of education, minimum wage, gun control, and more. (Photo by Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
SACO, ME - SEPTEMBER 19: Governor Paul LePage cuts the ceremonial ribbon during the Riverwalk bridge dedication ceremony in Saco, ME on Saturday, September 19, 2015. (Photo by Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PORTLAND - JUNE 3: Governor Paul LePage speaks about a grant from the Maine Department of Corrections to fund the Building Alternatives program at Learning Works. (Photo by Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, ME - JANUARY 7: At the end of his inauguration speech, Gov. Paul LePage waves to the crowd at the Augusta Civic Center on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. (Photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, ME - JANUARY 7: Sen. Pres. Michael Thibodeau administers the oath of office to Gov. Paul LePage while First Lady Ann LePage looks on during his inauguration at the Augusta Civic Center on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. (Photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, ME - JANUARY 7: After taking the stage, Gov. Paul LePage acknowledges cheers from the crowd during his inauguration at the Augusta Civic Center on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. (Photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
LEWISTON, ME - NOVEMBER 5: Maine Governor Paul LePage speaks to supporters at the Franco American Heritage Center after being reelected on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. (Photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
AUBURN, ME - OCTOBER 21: Gov. Paul LePage talks with Jim Wellehan of Auburn in the lobby of WMTW television in Auburn, Tuesday, October 21, 2014, following the final of six gubernatorial debates. (Photo by Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, ME - OCTOBER 15: Current Maine governor Paul LePage before the Maine State Chamber's Gubernatorial Forum at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, ME on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. (Photo by Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
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On Wednesday, LePage talked about his state's drug-dealing arrests during a town hall gathering. He said, "I will tell you that 90-plus percent of those pictures in my book, and it's a three-ring binder, are black and Hispanic people."

It seems the reason for the voicemail is based on hearsay.

During an encounter with reporters on Thursday, the governor apparently got the impression that Gattine had called him a racist. So he left Gattine a voicemail.

And that voicemail was made public thanks in part to the governor, himself.

Thanks to a tip from the governor — yes, he told reporters he left the profane voicemail — the Portland Press Herald filed a state open records request to get the voicemail from Gattine. It then posted the recording on its website.

During that sit down, he also said he wanted to challenge Gattine to a duel, saying he would point a gun "right between his eyes" if he could.

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Maine's Democratic assistant House majority leader said the comments show LePage is unfit to hold office. She called on her colleagues across the aisle to help.

"We expect them to come together with us to either get him the help that he needs or to remove him from office," Rep. Sara Gideon said.

LePage has since apologized to the people of Maine but did not apologize to Gattine as of Saturday morning.

"He called me a racist, and in my mind, there is not a word in the English dictionary that I could repeat that is more hurtful," LePage said Friday.

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