Gov. Paul LePage raised the possibility Tuesday that he may not finish his second term, amid mounting pressure from Democrats and members of his own party to amend for his recent actions.
“I’m looking at all options,” the Republican governor said while appearing on WVOM, a Bangor talk radio station. “I think some things I’ve been asked to do are beyond my ability. I’m not going to say that I’m not going to finish it. I’m not saying that I am going to finish it.”
He later said, “If I’ve lost my ability to help Maine people, maybe it’s time to move on.”
LePage also apologized repeatedly to Rep. Drew Gattine and his family for leaving a threatening voicemail last week.
He said he plans to invite the Westbrook representative to a face-to-face meeting to talk further.
“When I was called a racist I just lost it, and there’s no excuse,” the governor said. “It’s unacceptable. It’s totally my fault.”
I'm not sure if this means LePage is expecting this to be enough and for him to get off the hook, or if he really means any of this. Given his propensity and repeated racist remarks over the years, I can't imagine his sincerity level is very high at all.
Still, we'll see if this leads Maine Democrats to dig in and call for LePage to do the right thing and step down. Here's hoping.