Rally Held After Governor’s Outburst
About 200 Maine residents gathered Wednesday night to rally for decency and to call for civil discourse following Republican Gov. Paul LePage's obscenity-laced tirade against a Democratic legislator.
They held the event in Westbrook, the hometown of state Rep. Drew Gattine.
Last week LePage left Gattine a foul-mouthed voicemail message and told reporters he wished he could go back in time and challenge Gattine to a duel and point a gun "right between his eyes." LePage says he was angry because he believed Gattine had called him a racist, something Gattine denies.
Westbrook initially was going to host a town hall meeting with LePage at a teen center. But the host cited space concerns and the event was canceled. Many residents opposed the idea of LePage holding such an event in the city after recently bashing Gattine.
Speaking to a handful of reporters Wednesday, LePage said he would not be speaking to the media again after Wednesday's press conference and said he would not be stepping down from office.