In an apparent political statement, an ex-Maine state lawmaker was escorted out of a public forum Thursday after throwing Vaseline at the state's governor.
One official approached former state Rep. Joanne Twomey (D) during a public forum with Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) when she began raising her voice, but the mood only grew more tense from there. Twomey, who was sitting in the front row, began to approach the stage where LePage was sitting.
Twomey didn't get very far before state police confronted her. That's when Twomey launched a jar of Vaseline.
The former lawmaker's choice of object wasn't totally random.
As the Portland Press-Herald reported, the governor came under fire in 2013 for remarks he made about Assistant Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson in which he mentioned Vaseline.
“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.
The Press-Herald reported Thursday night that no charges had been filed against Twomey. LePage spokesman Peter Steele cast doubt on whether police would pursue them.
Twomey later defended her actions, saying, “What he is about to do to this state, you have to be out of order,” Twomey said. “You cannot live with those policies and not speak up.”
Below you can watch what happened during the moments leading up the incident:
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