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Maine Gov. Paul LePage Suggests Women Can't Be Trusted With Money

"I’m telling you, it’s giving your wife your checkbook."

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) suggested on Wednesday that married women can't be trusted with money

The governor made the comments at a town hall meeting, where he attacked a ballot initiative that would allow candidates outspent by their opponents to seek additional public funding for their campaigns. 

"The legislature is going to have to fund it. That’s like giving my wife my checkbook," he said, according to a clip posted on YouTube. "I’m telling you, it’s giving your wife your checkbook. Go spend."

As the clip above shows, the comments prompted laughter from the audience -- but not everyone is amused.

“The governor’s attitude toward women, toward relationships and toward money are so dated as to be bizarre,” Eliza Townsend, executive director of the Maine Women’s Lobby, told the Beacon website. 

Later, the governor admitted that his wife, Ann LePage, handles the family finances, NPR reported. 

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