Keeping with the classy theme of recent Republican remarks this past week, Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage pulled no punches yesterday when telling local station WMTW what he thinks of Democratic State Senator Troy Jackson. “Senator Jackson claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline,” LePage said.
Yes, this is what Republicans are resorting to now — thinly veiled references to anal rape.
After realizing how disgusting his remark was, LePage made a lackluster attempt to justify it by saying, “That comment is not politically correct, but we’ve got to understand who this man is. This man is a bad person. He doesn’t only have no brains, he has a black heart.”
And why exactly does LePage believe Jackson has a “black heart?” In part because of Jackson’s support for Medicaid expansion in the state, of course. Because wanting poor people to have easier access to health care is “giving it to the people with no Vaseline.”
What kind of horrible person would think that modest tax increases might be a good idea to include in a state budget? What kind of black-hearted snake thinks poor people deserve to have easier access to health care?
To his credit, State Senator Jackson had a classy response to the vulgar LePage:
“I don’t think I have a black heart; most people know I have a good heart. I don’t have any problem with anyone saying anything about what I stand for. He can say whatever he wants; I just think it’s inappropriate the way he said it. We can be disagreeable without making nasty comments like that.”
LePage’s horrid comments came after he attended an Americans for Prosperity (Koch brothers) rally against new taxes earlier in the day.
This is yet another example of Republicans not giving a damn about the poor, willing to go all out in defense of their corporate overlords. LePage has consistently been unwilling to compromise with Democrats in the state since taking office almost two and a half years ago, after he benefited from the Tea Party wave of 2010. Maine is an otherwise solidly blue state, and vile “leadership” like this really makes you hope Maine voters have learned their lesson with LePage.
Instead of making foul butt sex remarks at the expense of fellow lawmakers, maybe LePage should be a little more focused on actually compromising with Democrats. His “temporary budget” solution is potentially illegal, according to Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.
But why would he do that? He’d rather continue to play the “victim,” as evidenced by his response to the reporter who voiced concern about his “Vaseline” comments being offensive. ”Good!” he said. “It ought to (be offensive) because I’ve been taking it for two years.”