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Maine GOP candidate LePage swears at reporter, storms out

By Matt DeLong

Here's how you know your press conference didn't go so well: You abruptly cut it short and storm out. That's what happened Monday to Paul LePage, the GOP nominee for governor in Maine.

LePage has been facing questions from the press recently over alleged tax violations stemming from real estate his wife owns in Maine and Florida. When reporters dogged LePage for answers, the candidate became visibly angry and left the room, though he did respond to a few questions on the way out. WMTW has video of the exchange.

Later that afternoon, LePage told another reporter to "stop the bull****" when she asked about LePage's tax issues.

LePage later apologized and said his day-long media tour was an "absolute disaster."

Recent polls
show LePage with a comfortable lead in the race as of last week.

By Matt DeLong  |  September 14, 2010; 1:26 PM ET
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Comments

To put aside all the partisan bickering going on here...

Why is it so hard for people to pay their taxes? I pay my taxes every year with no problems. It only takes a few hours.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | September 14, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Republicans storming out of their press conferences or encounters with reporters seems to have become their latest "style". The governor of Arizona, Sharon Angle, and now this guy.
Not ready for prime time, it seems. Unless, of course, they, themselves provide the questions so they can prepare their answers in advance.

Posted by: cms1 | September 14, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Yet another fat white face of American hate. Today's GOP.

Posted by: jbh3 | September 14, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I Don't Care What My Civic Representative Looks Like- I care that he makes a convincing effort to represent my viewpoints. I don't believe La Page has demonstrated he can do that for me. There is a court system for tax and other legal matters. Until a court hears his case he is legally innocent. Blame games are kid stuff, and that game feeds off, rather than contributes to, any progress- through politics.
That's no way to choose your leaders.

Posted by: alika | September 14, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I Don't Care What My Civic Representative Looks Like- I care that he makes a convincing effort to represent my viewpoints. I don't believe La Page has demonstrated he can do that for me. There is a court system for tax and other legal matters. Until a court hears his case he is legally innocent. Blame games are kid stuff, and that game feeds off, rather than contributes to, any progress- through politics.
That's no way to choose your leaders.

Posted by: alika | September 14, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I Don't Care What My Civic Representative Looks Like- I care that he makes a convincing effort to represent my viewpoints. I don't believe La Page has demonstrated he can do that for me. There is a court system for tax and other legal matters. Until a court hears his case he is legally innocent. Blame games are kid stuff, and that game feeds off, rather than contributes to, any progress- through politics.
That's no way to choose your leaders.

Posted by: alika | September 14, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

LePage looks like something that crawled up from Middle Earth clad in a filthy goatskin and chewing on raw meat...where did the GOP find this guy? Was there a carnival freak show passing through?

Posted by: Jerryvov | September 14, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

He must eat soap to cleanse his mouth!

That may help cleanse his gut also.

Posted by: kishorgala | September 14, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

The Los Angeles Times noted last week that "as of the end of 2009, 41 people inside Obama's very own White House owe the government they're allegedly running a total of $831,055 in back taxes--and that doesn't count Secretary Geithner's delinquent self-employment taxes, which he finally got around to paying after being nominated to his current post.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/09/congress-taxes-irs.html

Posted by: gfafblifr | September 14, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

jbubyaa: ... there is this Democrat Representative from CA named Pete Stark that is alway rude and disrespectful to constituents... But you never see the WAPO cover him... Way to be partisan WAPO!
______________________________________________________________

Maybe that's because:
a.) If he's ALWAYS rude then it wouldn't be news. It would be routine.
b.) You've mistaken truths plainly spoken as rudeness.
c.) He's never used inappropriate language to a constituent.
d.) Offensive comments have never been recorded.

Step up to the plate, jdubyaa, and produce your evidence or be called out as a liar.

Posted by: tojby_2000 | September 14, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

So, he identified the issue as he sees it. Life is manure. Good luck.

Posted by: ronjeske | September 14, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank God! He's been running ahead in the polls, partly because of the lackluster campaigning of the Democrat, Libby Mitchell. Maybe this will give some of his supporters pause before they vote.

- Maine Woman

Posted by: raelk2 | September 14, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Republicans blast Democrats when they have tax problems. Witness what happened with Daschel and Geithner. But when the shoe is on the other foot...... Well Lefty, the voters in this case get to decide but no say in whom the President appoints---just a minor technicality plus if you don't live in Maine the governor's job has no meaning to the rest of us. But the wipers who make national policy do.

Posted by: alantich2000 | September 14, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

He had to know that this question would come up. If he didn't know that, he's an idiot.

If he did know that, a person of moderate intelligence would have had a response and maybe even practiced the response.

If he did not, he's an idiot.

If he did anticipate the question and practice the response but was still unable to keep his composure, he's both an idiot and a hothead.

If he thinks that his cursing at a woman for daring to ask the obvious question is going to go over with women, he's mistaken.

In November, the blind idol-worshiping thugs who he claims he did not seek out will be all he has left. And that's what he deserves.

Posted by: PaulaPage | September 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's see... shall our national media cover a candidate for Governor of a state, dodging questions about his integrity and abuse of authority, or should it instead report on one of the huge gaggle of Congressmen from California, who is accused of being rude to a voter?

Is this really a serious question, jdubya?

Posted by: Iconoblaster | September 14, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed how often these Republi-WON'T candidates "storm out" of press conferences when they don't like the questions being put to them. HOW are Americans to judge them if they expect you to absorb their policies by Osmosis? America DESERVES these Alimentary Canals if they get elected without being properly interviewed. Just because Sarah Palin threw Hissy Fits when asked BASIC, rather than HARD questions, and became the Darling of "Fixed" News doesn't mean they ALL can jump on her vacuous band-wagon with the same kinds of idiotic behavior. Old Harry Truman said it best, "If you can't stand the HEAT, GET OUT of the Kitchen!" These boobs are UNFIT for public office. Do they think that just because they run it's cause enough to elect them? What imbeciles.

Posted by: billnbillieskid | September 14, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The funny thing is, there is this Democrat Representative from CA named Pete Stark that is alway rude and disrespectful to constituents... But you never see the WAPO cover him... Way to be partisan WAPO!

Posted by: jdubyaa | September 14, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

IF this guy would have been the Democrat candidate, #1 his tax situation would NEVER have been brought up, and #2 if it was brought up it would not have been any big deal. Look what happened to Geitner.

Posted by: fraudcop | September 14, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

What mainer2 has succinctly described (post below @ 4:08 PM) is the typical conduct of people who have wealth and power, and consider themselves privileged to do as they please, quite beyond the rules, laws and limitations (including morality or ethics) that constrain ordinary people.

I haven't checked these facts, but mainer2 sounds as though he knows what he is talking about... and the candidate's conduct on (and fleeing) the podium certainly lends yet more credence to mainer2's assertions.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | September 14, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

he isn't a republican only dems don't pay taxes

Posted by: mandinka2 | September 14, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

People of Maine are pretty savy. I think they will take a long look at this bozo and rethink what they might have thought of doing.

Posted by: dpi2Dan | September 14, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

LePage's problems here have less to do with tax problems than a) the ridiculous and untrue things he said about them and b) him storming out rather than answering questions.

What, exactly, was ridiculous and/or untrue?

- He said his wife bought a house in Florida as a hint he should retire soon, but instead he decided to retire and run for governor. That meant he'd have to stay in Maine. Have you ever heard of a spouse buying a house for that reason?

- He said he never had his name on the deed for his Maine house, but this was disproven later that day.

- He said that that applying for the tax break was a paperwork mistake involving a few hundred dollars, when it turns out that his wife changed her drivers' license and used the residence and license so that the kids could pay in-state tuition in Florida. That saved tens of thousands of dollars. Some paperwork mistake!

- This is not the first time he's made things up. A few months ago, he said the Democrats were saying he was unfit to be governor because he's French-Catholic (a Catholic with French background). There was zero proof of this and there's a Maine Democratic congressman who is French-Catholic.

And here's some more! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAi_9aS_f0g

Posted by: mainer2 | September 14, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Let's see here, he's an idiot and a crook?

Just the type the GOP loves, so he'll probably get the Republican vote.

Democrats, no so much.


Posted by: lindalovejones | September 14, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Republicans blast Democrats when they have tax problems. Witness what happened with Daschel and Geithner. But when the shoe is on the other foot......

Posted by: Lefty_ | September 14, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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