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GOP Gov. Publicly Considers Resignation Amid Apology for Profanity-Laced Voicemail


"It’s one thing to have one party behind [you], it’s another thing to not have any party behind you."

In this April 19, 2013 file photo, Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference at the State House in Augusta, Maine. LePage used a sexually vulgar phrase Thursday, June 20, 2013, to describe how Democrat state Sen. Troy Jackson is taking advantage of the people. LePage's comment came as he has said he intends to veto a two-year budget because it includes tax increases. (Credit: AP)

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is seemingly leaving open the possibility of resigning after coming under fire last week for leaving a profanity-laced voicemail for a political rival.

During an interview with WVOM-AM, LePage said he's "looking at all options," the Portland Press Herald reported.

“I think some things I’ve been asked to do are beyond my ability. I’m not going to say that I’m not going to finish it. I’m not saying that I am going to finish it," LePage said. “If I’ve lost my ability to help Maine people, maybe it’s time to move on.”

“It’s not about me. It’s about making sure that we can move the state forward. It’s one thing to have one party behind (you), it’s another thing to not have any party behind you," he added.

Photo: AP via PoliticoMaine Republican Gov. Paul LePage (AP via Politico)

LePage has faced criticism from Democrats as well as his fellow Republicans for the R-rated voicemail he requested be made public.

"I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you," LePage said on Democratic state Rep. Drew Gattine's voicemail.

LePage left the vulgar message after Gattine reportedly called the governor a racist. Gattine, however, has denied saying it.

“When I was called a racist I just lost it, and there’s no excuse. It’s unacceptable. It’s totally my fault," LePage said.

The governor likened being called a racist to calling "a black man the ‘N’ word or a woman the ‘C’ word."

"It just absolutely knocked me off my feet," LePage said.

LePage has since apologized to Gattine. He is also planning to meet with the Democratic lawmaker face-to-face, according to the Press Herald.

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