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.”