Via commentor LAMH. Report from Maine’s Portland Press Herald:
… About 30 minutes into the meeting, which was rebroadcast Thursday night,[Gov. Paul] LePage responded to a question about how he was tackling substance abuse in Maine. He began talking about how much of the heroin is coming into Maine from out-of-state drug dealers.
“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty … these types of guys … they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home,” LePage told the crowd. “Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.”
Peter Steele, the governor’s communication director, said in a written statement Thursday night that LePage’s remarks were not about race, but about the emotional toll drugs have on children.
“The governor is not making comments about race. Race is irrelevant,” Steele said. “What is relevant is the cost to state taxpayers for welfare and the emotional costs for these kids who are born as a result of involvement with drug traffickers. His heart goes out to these kids because he had a difficult childhood, too. We need to stop the drug traffickers from coming into our state.”
Steele, who rarely answers telephone calls from reporters and insists on email communications, did not respond to an email requesting an interview with LePage; nor did he respond to an email follow-up question to his statement.
Phil Bartlett, chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, said in an interview that the comments “at best were coded racism,” designed to divide Maine people. He said the comment fits into a national narrative being expounded by Republicans, who are increasingly using “pretty overt racist language and imagery rather than talking about the merits of public policy.”
“It’s outrageous,” Bartlett said. “Everybody should be denouncing his comments and what they’re intended to provoke. I would call upon all Republicans to stand up and say this is wrong and it’s not acceptable in our public discourse. It’s simply indefensible.”
Lance Dutson, a Republican operative who runs the Get Right Maine website, which seeks to restore a more moderate brand of Republicanism in Maine, described the remark in a blog post as “one of the most offensive statements yet from this Governor.”
Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, refused to comment on the governor’s remarks, instead he took aim at Dutson. “We don’t respond to attacks from disgruntled former staffers,” Savage said…
Additional Repubs in Disarray! details at the link. With all due respect, Mr. Dutson — if I were you, I’d switch my registration before these guys devolve to actual cannibalism.
It’s My Party Too!
The grand old part of the party left a long time ago. I’m telling you that it is getting scary up here.
They’re handing out Brita filters to residents in Flint to deal with the drinking water lead issue. Brita doesn’t filter lead – so everyone who has been avoiding the tapwater will now unknowingly start drinking it again with no real protection.
@MomSense: I read a while ago that you were going to move. That’s sad. I’ve come across good people in Maine. Sad to see this happen in which used to be a community oriented state.
O’Malley apparently has the worst campaign manager in Ohio.
Aren’t Smootie and Shifty the names of some of the Palin kids?
It’s time. I just spoke with a cousin who is also looking out of state. I never thought she would consider it but she is also feeling discouraged about things here.
I wish I could tell people that LePage is an aberration but the recent mayoral race in Lewiston brought out this same ugly strain.
How did this classless jerk get elected and reelected? I actually had a lot of Republican friends when I lived up there, many of them started voting for Democrats since Dubya happened.
@MomSense: Makes me wonder whether it will stay a blue state this year.
Wow. That is just more evil on top of evil. They really need to replace the pipes in these homes as they are irreparably corroded.
A young WHITE girl? Well, so much for dog whistles. It will be interesting to see who is able to convince themselves that such a blatant statement is even debatably about race. I wonder if there’s a way to check how the major media outlets describe this specific story? My Google Fu is not strong.
The Pale Scot
BS: Heroin is distributed in white communities by locals going to cities, making the buy, and marking it up 100%(+). That’s the way it has always been, junkies curbing their costs by buying for others on their runs. And they get their money up front, or the price is jacked up considerably.
CD1 is reliably blue. CD2 is less so. CD2 is also difficult to canvas as so much of it is really spread out. The Republicans picked up a Congressional seat in 2014.
Seriously? That’s beyond fraud.
Independent and Democratic candidates split the vote.
@MomSense: I Iike Pingree.
@Frankensteinbeck: the headlines I’ve seen so far use the “racially charged” type wording
Me too. I like the whole family.
The code is ROT13, applied twice.
Mike in NC
A friend of mine once claimed he met more rednecks in Maine than in Georgia. But I was stationed there in 1981-82 and really liked the place.
@MomSense: Isn’t Lewiston where a bunch of Somali refugees were resettled? I had a couple in my math class.
Ok, open thread…cool.
If you don’t smile at this, you have no heart!!
@GlobalGrind 2m2 minutes ago
Video of a father interviewing his charming toddler will seriously make your day
@lamh36: That was cute.
Yes and also in Portland. My older kids ran cross country and became friends with the Somali runners on the Lewiston team. They would tell some horrible stories about some of the comments they heard people say.
Even if you just google “Maine,” the top stories on the page feature variations on a quote about “Drug dealers named D Money impregnating young white girls.”
And with this the Maine GOP doubles down on purging moderates, or at least letting them know they are not welcome.
Crazy times. It is hard to know where all this polarization is going, but it cannot be good.
Smoothie and Shifty are not Connecticut drug dealers. Take it from a Nutmegger: Look for a Volvo with CT’s “Preserve the Sound” license plates and occupants named Mr. Moxie (an alias to blend in) and Sunny D.
It’s not about race but he’s worried about White women getting impregnated. That really makes sense.
That is beyond criminal negligence. Snyder better be held accountable.
Isn’t Lewiston LePage’s home town? (Yeah, I guess I could look it up.)
Mrs SFAW and I talk about moving up your way after the kids are in (or out of) college. We both like it, and finding some nice lakefront place would be good. But then I start thinking about that Contender for Teh Most Evul Governor in America, and I have second thoughts. And now you say that you’re going to leave? You’re adding to my depression.
Elliot Cutler and Charlie Crist should move to the Land of Clueless Assholes, for all the good they’ve done to America.
Wow. I’m impressed. That’s a BIG get. Jettisoning the cronies and bringing in Obama’s wiz kids have made such a difference – ths campaign is so competent and lacking in drama that marked prior Clinton cycles.
Uh-oh. I haven’t looked, but I imagine the berniesphere is throwing one of their patented tantrums.
He’s not a Dem, so why would you think he would?
@David Koch: Those comments warm my heart. I echo their sentiments.
ha, even if you could excuse the made up names as not being about black people… under a very very generous reading… he said “impregnate a young, white girl…” you can’t say race is irrelevant without disowning that comment completely i.e. “the gov. misspoke and apologizes”
Has anyone given the number of kids that have suffered brain damage as a result of Snyder’s drive for bottom-line efficiencies?
I just saw this knucklehead on the Rachel Maddow Show – sheesh! What a friggin’ idjit!
My extended family will be here and they are cool! It is a great place to retire. Lots of music, theater, great restaurants, etc. My challenge is that our economy has a lot of service jobs and lower paying jobs. I started looking at what I could earn elsewhere and it is enough of a difference that it’s worth trying.
If you do look seriously at a move, I would consider Rockland, Brunswick, Bath, Portland, (pricey but a great city) Bluehill, Belfast, and a couple others.
He gets really upset watching Blazing Saddles.
Nyeah, seee? We’re gonna round up Shifty and Smoothie and Mugsy and head up to Maine. We’re gonna peddle the white horse and then we’re knock up some white broads, see? Then we’re gonna head back home.
Forgot to add, this all has to be done in a traditional bad Jimmy Cagney voice.
Portland Press Herald via Anne Laurie @ Top:
Give it up, Dutson, that ship’s already sailed – it left port about 55 years ago. Time to register as a Democrat.
Thanks for the advice. We’re looking at four-season stuff in Raymond (Panther, Crescent), Poland (Thompson), possibly Windham or Bridgton (the two Highlands), but we might do an in-town condo with a “camp” on a nice lake. [If I win Powerball, it’ll be a really NICE camp.] Belgrade’s a little far, Acton is too far from our friends near Sebago. I used to want to find a place in Pine Point, but the (anticipated) sea level rise has pretty much killed that idea for me.
Of course, I’ll be lucky to be able to retire before 70, which is still a decade away. But by that time, LePage should be gone. If he isn’t, then …. well, I don’t want to think about it.
From some of your previous comments, I got the idea that you’re in Cumberland or maybe Androscoggin counties. If you’re in Aroostook or even Piscataquis, then I don’t blame you for looking elsewhere
Check out lake Maranacook (Readfield or Winthrop). Beautiful country and right next to Augusta.
Davis X. Machina
@MomSense: MomSense is right — if relocating, as a rule of thumb, stay east of the Turnpike, it’s New England.
West of the Turnpike, it’s Pennsultucky…
LePage, IIRC, was mayor of Waterville before his elevation to the Blaine House….another declining mill town, only without the cosmopolitan flair of Lewiston-Auburn.
And so, you have BLACK drug dealers, from OUT OF STATE, because you have like, 3 Black people in the entire state of Maine, who have nothing better to do than drive hours to find them a Becky to impregnate.
@MomSense: My husband and I are already looking ahead on where to retire. It’s getting to the point where I have to look at the politics of a location in addition to the regular factors of cost, weather and health care. There are too many crazy state legislators out there, we really have no idea where to look. We live in the NYC metro area but the high cost of living is having us want to live in a less expensive place but I don’t know where those places are that are still sane.
Someone shot a satirical video about this horrible man and his empire of dirt.
Introducing Paul LePage’s Empire.
@D-Money: I’m more partial to a traditional bad Edward G. Robinson voice (like Chief Wiggum of The Simpsons).
Thanks. I had already looked at Maranacook a little, but we’re trying to keep it within easy drive to Raymond (and Portland, which is where Mrs. SFAW will probably work, if she’s still working when we relo).
I’ve gamed out a number of scenarios in my head, not sure where things will fall, but Panther and Thompson are both alluring (although Poland’s a tad far of a commute from Portland). I like Panther for the lack of a public boat-launch area (keeps them Massholes away).
If I had been born rich, instead of good-looking, this would be a lot easier. Of course, I ain’t good looking, either, so maybe I should quit whining.
David Koch beat me to it but, yeah, the “nyaaaa” is more Robinson than Cagney.
@Davis X. Machina:
I was hearing Edward G. Robinson. I think he’s more the “Nyeah” type.
Gin & Tonic
@Davis X. Machina: Is Lewiston known for anything other than the second Ali/Liston fight?
@Gin & Tonic:
They needed an “L” city so they could call it “L-A” and “the L-A area” on the news reports?
If she is commuting to Portland I would definitely look at Brunswick or Topsham. 30 minutes by car, Amtrak stop for travel, great restaurants,lots of musical offerings, bookstores, small theaters, Bowdoin college, a good hospital, and lots of beaches and state parks close by. I just looked at some condos, assisted and independent living places for my Mom. They have a community run shuttle so you can get around without a car. I
Maine is a great place to retire! I hope to retire here as well. Just need to go earn some money first!
Thanks for the great tips.
Well, THAT is a string of words I never thought I’d see strung.
Confiscate their coats? Does he really think that even if he were elected he would have the power to do that? And did his brownshirts actually try it?
The best part of a story like this is how quickly some helpful young fellow at Breitbart.com will explain that there have been at least 43,000 young white girls impregnated in Maine by a handful of men named Shifty since 2011 and that the Obama Administration has been marketing undersized condoms to African Americans through their condom and Obama phone program.
@Steeplejack (phone): Seconded. Is it just me or does everyone have to talk out of the side of the mouth to imitate EGR?
@The Pale Scot: I don’t know. Maybe Maine is a special case. Like the drug dealers named T-Bone and Oatmeal looked at Maine and figured a place with such loose and fertile women was worth goining to themselves.
Watching the interview on netflix right now.
@beltane: No, they are Trig and Geometry.
My LaPage name is Thuggy.
@Davis X. Machina: I’ve been to LA, where I was told all the “Samoolis” live.
Hey I resemble that remark!
SURPRISE! Over at Faux News, not a single mention about LePage or his racist comment. Instead, filled with the usual sort of Fox propaganda – focusing tonight on purporting to expose “lies” in Obama’s town hall comments about guns tonight.
Hey, you should be glad that they didn’t Photoshop a picture of the Kenyan Mooslim usurper dressed up in O’Keefe-style pimp duds, and saying he used to go by the name C-Honky* when he’d try to deal placebos to the virginal white girls in Dover-Foxcroft and T4 R9.
*Which is short for “C-I-L-L a Honky”
@Mike J: That’s called theft
@ruemara: LOD made that point as well, so tRump is encouraging crime among his supporters.
ETA: I’m old enough to remember when Republicans were the “Law and Order Party”.
I think it’s robbery, if they took it from the victims directly (as opposed to from the coat closet). On the other hand, I could be full of it.
No, I believe you’ve mistaken them for Ptomaine and Rugburn.
That’s been replaced by “The Party of Personal Responsibility.”
Well, wikipedia says LePage did grow up hard. But since suffering doesn’t necessarily confer any kind of virtue on the victim, there’s no reason he would have developed a speck of empathy, either. My dad was much like that, too, though not as huge a dick as LePage turned out to be.
Then there’s this little tidbit:
Very inspiring- too bad he didn’t learn a damn thing from someone giving him a hand up.
@ruemara: Worse than the theft aspect, Trump was under the impression that it was -10 out tonight and that he’d be tossing protesters into subzero temperatures without their coats. Thankfully, it was relatively warm out so no one suffered frostbite or worse. Trump’s intentions were still quite evil.
@andy: Hussein college? Sounds pretty musliny.
Speak English! This is Amurka not some French sissy land!
CNN will have Don Lemon or Anderson Cooper explain to us how it’s not about race.
If a white person does not say “nigger, nigger, nigger” there’s no way to tell if he is racist, and even if does say “nigger” he might not be racist because black people use the word all the time.
@lamh36: That was adorable.
Another Holocene Human
LePage is just jawing in the grand tradition of Whitey Bulger, pinning drug trafficking on black drug runners while protecting the white ones.
We had a visit down here in sunny (lol) Gainesville, Florida from some violent white Mainiac drug dealers. US Marshals came looking for them, they did. (Sadly, like Whitey, someone had tipped them off.)
Seriously, though, the drugs are coming via Boston or, these days, maybe even Vermont. Never mind what’s getting brewed at home. What a prick.
Another Holocene Human
@? Martin: WTF!!
Another Holocene Human
@David Koch: Those comments really express my feelings exactly.
Another Holocene Human
He’s not racist, he’s just concerned about illegitimate Black voters swinging the next election. He said they came in buses–school buses?
Another Holocene Human
IDK, that’s assuming they care. Women’s rights will be “fixed” in the revolution, so who needs NGOs like PP? I don’t recall if Bernie himself has been stupid enough to do this but his crowd has a record of denigrating women’s reproductive health/rights issues as distractions.
Another Holocene Human
I know, right? CT? Do they teleport across the rest of New England?
Another Holocene Human
@SFAW: Why not? RI was settled by robber barons who set up a low tax state and it’s been economically disadvantaged ever since.
It used to be–maybe still true?–you could tell when you cross the MA-RI border by the state of the private residential properties.
Low tax = low wage = low infrastructure and fuck Kerry for registering his yacht in RI to evade taxes also, too.
I kept expecting her to say to her Dad “Pull my finger!”
@Another Holocene Human:
I think you’re focusing on the “poor” part of “poor but proud” more than I was.
It’s like this: Vo Dilun (as Atrios calls it) seems to be inordinately proud of such luminaries as Buddy Cianci and Ray Patriarca. (I can here ef going “Again with the Buddy thing? What is it with you?”)
I don’t hear too many Massholes extolling the virtues of Joe Barboza or Steve Flemmi. (The jury’s still out on Butchy Doe.)
Although, to be fair, Buddy’s “crimes” – if you want to call them that – are nowhere near those of Barboza or Flemmi or Patriarca. And if Buddy were mad at me, I don’t think he’d put out a hit on me.
Tissue Thin Pseudonym
@? Martin: This is false. Certain Brita filters do not remove lead, but the ones distributed to Flint residents do.
@schrodinger’s cat: The opposition was split in a three-way election with an independent candidate. Both times.
As a resident of the (fairly white) town where the drug dealers all actually come from, I am offended by his refusal to mention us.
I’ll always think of Paul LePage as the governor who stated in a public speech that wind turbines have secret motors hidden in them to make them look like the wind is turning them.
What a clever dad, and adorable kid!
Francophones in glass houses….Montreal is the primary transit locus for the Maine drug trade.
C’est vrai? Merde!
I was about to ask if you were serious, then figured you probably are.
Somewhere, Sigmund Freud and Isaac Newton are weeping. Or laughing.
Paul in KY
Will repeat a comment I made on a below thread:
This shitheel makes Evan Meachum (former nutwad governor of Arizona) look like Seneca.
Paul in KY
@beltane: Hee hee!! Good one.
Paul in KY
@D-Money: Very good when you do it in the Cagney voice!
Paul in KY
@rikyrah: I do hear it on the street that Maine girls are quite fetching…
Paul in KY
@SFAW: Thanks! Expect to see that in about a week.
Bob In Portland
It’s lies, all lies.
@David Koch: I stand corrected and contrite, for it was Robinson of whom I was thinking. May James Cagney’s immortal soul forgive my error.