Newly-elected Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) didn't mince words when confronted about comments from the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) that his actions show a pattern of indifference to blacks. In fact, he had a message for the group: "Tell 'em to kiss my butt."
WCSH says LePage declined an invitation from the NAACP to take part in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event on Sunday. That upset the group, and on Thursday WCSH confronted LePage with the NAACP's accusation. LePage, a white man with an adopted black son, didn't really care what the NAACP thought of him, calling it nothing but a "special interest":
"They are a special interest. End of story...and I'm not going to be held hostage by special interests. And if they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they'd like about it," he said.
Later, the governor's communications director told WCSH the governor had prior personal commitments as well as a state trooper's funeral on Monday. And he didn't apologize for the governor's statement.
During the campaign, LePage made headlines by saying if he were elected he wouldn't be afraid to tell President Obama to "go to hell."