Paul LePage Vows Never To Talk To The Press Again After Resignation Rumors

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August 31, 2016 11:32 a.m.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Wednesday that he has no plans to resign after a week full of high-profile embarrassments, but does intend to seek “spiritual guidance.”

“I will not resign,” LePage told reporters in his office after a meeting with Maine state Rep. Drew Gattine (D), for whom LePage left a bizarre and threatening voicemail last week.

According to the Boston Globe, LePage also said that he would seek “spiritual guidance” with his family, but had no plans to seek “professional help.”

He vowed to “no longer speak to the press ever again after today,” saying that he was tired of being caught in “gotcha moments” by the media.

“I’m serious. Everything will be put into writing,” LePage said. “I’m tired of being caught in the gotcha moments.”

LePage’s political future, and his tenure as governor, seemed uncertain after his controversial comments calling minorities “the enemy” and blaming them for Maine’s drug crisis, as well as the voicemail in which he called Gattine a “socialist cocksucker” and warned the representative that LePage was “after” him.

On Tuesday, LePage went so far as to suggest that he might be unable to finish his second term as governor.

“I think some things I’ve been asked to do are beyond my ability,” he said. “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.”

Later, however, LePage took to Twitter to blast reports of his possible resignation as “greatly exaggerated.”

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