Maine gov uses racially charged language to cast blame for drug epidemic – CNN
LePage, a Republican, has been a controversial figure in Maine for years. But it’s not only partisan opponents taking aim at LePage. On Thursday night, a GOP operative named Lance Dutson in a blog post to his GetRightMaine.com website called this “one of the most offensive statements yet from this governor.”
Clinton campaign condemns “racist rants”
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign called LePage’s comments “racist rants.”
“Governor LePage’s comments tonight are not only offensive and hurtful but they try to cover up the very real epidemic of drug abuse facing people in his state and across the country,” Marlon Marshall, the director of states and political engagement for the Clinton campaign, said in a statement.
“LePage’s racist rants sadly distract from efforts to address one of our nation’s most pressing problems,” added Marshall, a top African-American staffer on the Clinton campaign.
LePage has endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the GOP presidential nomination.
Christie, who chaired the Republican Governors Association during LePage’s successful 2014 re-election bid, has described his colleague from Maine as “a great friend” and called his backing “an incredible honor.”
In an interview with CBS the day after LePage’s 2014 victory, Christie described him “as just one of the most decent, honorable people I’ve ever met — wears his heart on his sleeve, loves his state, has an amazing personal story.”
Christie’s campaign did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment Thursday night.