Maine Guv Shoots Back At Stephen King: ‘Make Me The Villain Of Your Next Book’

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2012, file photo, novelist Stephen King speaks to creative writing students at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in Lowell, Mass. King says he still lives in Maine, and he insists that Gov... FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2012, file photo, novelist Stephen King speaks to creative writing students at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in Lowell, Mass. King says he still lives in Maine, and he insists that Gov. Paul LePage's claim that he has moved from the state is inaccurate. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) MORE LESS
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) on Thursday said that he would not apologize to novelist Stephen King for wrongly suggesting that the longtime Maine resident had moved to Florida to avoid taxes, The Bristol [Connecticut] Press reported.

Instead, LePage shot back at King: “Just make me the villain of your next book and I won’t charge you royalties.”

The Maine governor made the remarks before a gathering of New England Republicans in Connecticut.

LePage got on King’s bad side last week when he suggested in a radio address that high taxes had driven the novelist from Maine. King responded via Twitter: “Governor Paul LePage implied that I don’t pay my taxes. I do. Every cent. I think he needs to man up and apologize.”

h/t Bangor Daily News

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  1. A pathetically weak response.

    I can’t believe Maine elected this guy. Twice.
    /smh

  2. Guess we won’t see LePage at a Burger King anytime soon, either. Now they’ve fled to Canada to save on taxes.
    It used to be good to be king.

  3. King doesn’t need to “make” LePage the villain. He’s already the villain in the non-fiction category.

  4. I think that being possessed by aliens or the return of a daemonic entity would be too easy an explanation for LePage’s behavior.

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