Maine Governor Refuses NAACP Invitations

Citing his refusal to be held hostage by a special interest group, Governor Paul LePage of Maine declined the NAACP’s invitation to attend their Martin Luther King ceremonies.

They are a special interest.  End of story.  And I’m not going to be held hostage by special interests.  And if they want, they can look at my family picture.  My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they’d like about it….Tell them to kiss my butt.  If they want to play the race card, come to dinner and my son will talk to them.

Needless to say, the National Association for Colored People is not happy about Governor LePage’s rather blunt turn-down.  And the fact that the Governor has an adopted son from Jamaica has stymied the NAACP’s rush to demonize LePage as an evil racist.

NAACP President, Ben Jealous had this to say about the Governor’s refusal to toady to race industry touters.

Governor Le Page’s decision to inflame racial tension on the eve of the King holiday denigrates his office.  His words are a reminder of the worst aspects of Maine’s history and out of touch with our nation’s deep yearning for increased civility and racial healing.

Ah, the hype of hysterical hyperbole.  Let me do a little commonsense translation here of Mr. Jealous’ Progressive Newspeak:

*Inflame racial tension. Translation: I have to keep pushing the perspective that it’s still 1960 and race riots are occurring in our city streets, otherwise, I’m out of a job.

*Our nation’s deep yearning for increased civility.  Translation: I’ll grab some political leverage from the aftermath of the Tucson shootings.

*Racial healing.  Translation: Actually, I will never admit that America has moved beyond it’s past.  And the only reason the NAACP still exists is to keep picking at every divisive sore we can find.  It’s all about job security.

Game to Governor LePage, I think.  Click this video link to see the Governor tell it like it really is.


A little background information on Paul LePage, the Republican Governor of Maine from Wikipedia.  This is a very interesting guy:

Paul LePage is the eldest son of eighteen children. He grew up speaking French in an impoverished home. At age eleven, he left home and lived on the streets of Lewiston, rather than remain with what he has described as an abusive father. After spending roughly two years homeless, he began to earn a living shining shoes. At thirteen, he worked washing dishes at a café and hauling boxes for a truck driver. He later worked at a rubber company, a meat-packing plant, and was a short order cook and bartender.

LePage applied to Husson College in Bangor, but was initially denied acceptance due to poor verbal SAT scores, a result of having French as his first language. LePage claims that it was only the intervention of Peter Snowe – the first husband of current US Senator from Maine Olympia Snowe, who persuaded Husson to administer the exam in French that allowed him to be admitted. At Husson, LePage learned English and became editor of the college newspaper.  He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in Finance and Accounting and later earned a MBA from the University of Maine.


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3 Responses to Maine Governor Refuses NAACP Invitations

  1. Glen A. Amos says:

    Did Senator Snowe’s first husband die or were they divorced? If divorced, I don’t follow Andrew’s logic.

    Regardless, what I take from the blog, and thank you for it, is what a wonderful country we live in. From pauper to governor without a military coup, that could only happen in America. Also, any politician who has the fortitude to tell a racist organization such as the NAACP to “kiss my butt” is my kind of guy.

    • Snowe’s first husband was killed back in the 70s in an auto accident (Peter Snowe). She remarried in the 80s but has kept her first husband’s name.

      I agree, Glen, this is a man who worked unbelievably hard and took advantage of the opportunities that came his way–no whining about his start in life. His style is refreshing–he shoots from the hip. And anyone who sticks it to the NAACP and refuses to pay homage to those hustlers is my kind of guy.

  2. Snowe’s first husband paid for his college fees as well, which rather explains why LePage has backed Snowe for re-election.

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