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Maine's governor may quit amid racism scandal

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>> The embattled Republican Governor of Maine on Tuesday saying he would consider resigning amid a backlash over accusations of racism. Paul LePage telling a local radio station quote, I'm looking at all options, when asked if he would finish out his term. And it's been a rough term. Reuters Northeast bureau chief Scott Malone, LePage has embraced controversy throughout his six years in office.
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And this latest slap emerged last week when in a public meeting he produced a binder he had put together that he said showed that the vast majority of drug dealers arrested in Maine were black or hispanic.>> And 90 plus percent of those pictures in my book, And it's a three ring binder of black and Hispanic people.
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>> And when confronted by a local newspaper reporter about the idea that this may have been a racist remark, LePage reacted in anger, first at the reporter and later calling a state lawmaker, and leaving obscenity-laden voicemail message.>> I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you
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I've spent my life helping black people and you little son of a
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cialist
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want you to record this and make it public, because I am after you.>> LePaige has long drawn criticism for painting his state's war on illegal drugs in provocatively racial terms.>> Guys by the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty, these type of guys that come from Connecticut and New York.
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They come up here, they sell their heroin, then they go back home.>> Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave.>> If LePage's bluntness reminds you of another boisterous politician, you're not the only one to draw the comparison.>> LePage has frequently voiced his approval of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, describing himself and his blunt spoken manner as somewhat of a precursor of Trump's political style.
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>> And the love flows both ways.>> I have a lot of respect for your governor. He's a tremendous guy. Paul has done a fantastic job.>> On Tuesday the governor tweeting a tepid denial that he's stepping down, saying rumors of his resignation were, quote, exaggerated.