Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) reportedly made several racist remarks Wednesday during a town hall meeting with constituents on the state’s heroin epidemic, according to a local news website.
“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty… these types of guys… they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home,” LePage said, according to the report. “Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.”
The governor’s comments were first reported by a website called “Get Right Maine” — a “citizen-driven effort to get the Maine Republican Party back on track, according to a description on its site — and were later picked up by the state’s biggest newspaper, the Portland Press Herald.
The outspoken governor made headlines this summer when he missed the deadline to veto bills. By the time he issued his vetoes, the legislation was reportedly already law.
LePage has made off-color remarks before, including joking about shooting a political cartoonist and advocating for child labor. LePage’s remarks on Wednesday were recorded by other local media outlets, the website reported.