Lawmaker says tirade shows Maine governor needs 'professional help'

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The Maine Governor's Voicemail Saga Explained


The Maine lawmaker who received an expletive-laced voicemail from Gov. Paul LePage said Monday the Republican isn't fit to hold the office and "probably needs to get some sort of professional help."

Rep. Drew Gattine told CNN that LePage has declined to apologize for the incident. The governor has insisted he will not step down, as some have called for him to do.

LePage called Gattine on Thursday morning after a television report insinuated that Gattine, a Democrat, had accused LePage of being a racist because of remarks the governor had made the prior evening.

"Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage," a recording of the governor's phone message says. "I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you [expletive]. I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I'm a racist."

"I've spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-b****, socialist [expletive]. You ... I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you," LePage said.

Gattine did make the message public, and he denied having called LePage racist, clarifying that he had accused the governor of using "racially charged" language.

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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)
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. (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)
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"Again, this governor likes to throw stones. I try not to throw stones back," Gattine said Monday. "You know, I was being very careful in terms of what I said."

A Republican state senator said Sunday that lawmakers are considering censuring LePage, a symbolic maneuver, but striking nonetheless for it to be considered by members of LePage's own party.

"I share your deep concerns regarding the governor's behavior," Sen. Amy Volk wrote on her Facebook page Sunday. "What I do not know is whether it is due to substance abuse, mental illness or just ignorance ... things definitely appear to be out of control. ... Some sort of censure would seem appropriate and I would welcome the ability to go on the record with a vote."


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