AUGUSTA, Maine — 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.
"Sen. Jackson claims to be for the people, but he's the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline," LePage said, according to WMTW. "He is bad. He has no brains, and he has a black heart."
LePage acknowledged to WMTW that the comments could be offensive to some, saying,"Good. It ought to [offend], because I've been taking it for two years."
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."
Click here for a video of LePage's "Vaseline" comments from WMTW.