Maine Gov.: Dem legislator will "give it to the people without providing Vaseline"

Paul LePage added that the lawmaker should "let someone with a brain come down here and do some good work"

By Jillian Rayfield

Published June 20, 2013 7:43PM (EDT)

Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, took a rather vulgar dig at a Democratic state lawmaker, saying that state Sen. Troy Jackson “claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”

The Bangor Daily News reports:

Jackson gave the Democratic response to the governor’s promised veto of the biennial budget, which was delivered Thursday during a State House rally.

“If I get a little upset with Troy Jackson, who sits up in Aroostook County and does nothing for Maine people, look, this man this year tried to take my pension away, tried to sell the Blaine House, then he realized he didn’t own it, that’s the kind of guy he is. Let’s get beyond that and bring me someone that really wants to talk,” LePage said. “People like Troy Jackson, they ought to go back into the woods and cut trees and let someone with a brain come down here and do some good work.”

"Paul LePage is a classless bully who is unfit to hold public office of any kind," said Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant, TPM reports. "This is the chief executive officer of our State, the highest elected official, the public face of Maine, and he’s making comments that any 14 year-old would know are out of line."

LePage, known for his outspokenness, to put it mildly, once told the NAACP to "kiss my butt."

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