Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) on Friday joked about blowing up the building that houses the Portland Press Herald, a newspaper he took issue with for a previous investigative report, according to the Bangor Daily News.
“I want to find the Press Herald building and blow it up,” Page said as he climbed into an F-35 Lightning II simulator machine at a Pratt & Whitney event in North Berwick.
Page apparently included the Bangor Daily News itself, according to Steve Mistler, the State House Bureau Chief for the Press Herald:
— Steve Mistler (@stevemistler) August 9, 2013
The governor later tweeted:
@PressHerald Threatened? It was a joke, folks!
— Paul R. LePage (@Governor_LePage) August 9, 2013