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Posted at 6:07 PM ET, 01/14/2011

Paul LePage's offensive RSVP to the NAACP

By Jonathan Capehart

In my last post, the one on civility so dripping with hope you could hear the violins sweetly playing in the background, I asked, "Who knows how long the calls for civility will last? Who knows how long it will take for some modicum of civility to take hold?" Well, seems like those calls never reached Maine's new Tea Party Republican governor, Paul LePage.

When told that the NAACP was complaining that he turned down numerous invitations to take part in events celebrating the Martin Luther King holiday, LePage said, "Tell them to kiss my butt." He went on to say, "They are a special interest -- end of story. And I'm not going to be held hostage by any special interests." Wow. Uncivil. Uncouth. Appalling. Reducing the NAACP and its venerable history of fighting for civil rights to "special interests" is pure ideological laziness in the extreme.

But wait, there's more. To the suggestion that his refusals are rooted in racial bias, LePage played what he thought was the ultimate trump card. "If they want, they can look at my family picture," he said. "My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they'd like about it." As the kids -- and Jon Stewart -- would say, "Oooooh snap!"

Just because LePage has a black son (by adoption) doesn't mean no one can or should question his racial sensitivities. I mean, Justin Volpe, a white New York City police officer who violated Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant, in a stationhouse bathroom in 1997, had a black girlfriend at the time.

Despite LePage's offensive posterior invitation, I urge the Portland, Maine, branch of the NAACP to keep inviting the rude governor to events. Blacks are only 1.2 percent of the state's population. But sooner or later, LePage will have to learn that he can't talk to citizens of his state like that.

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 14, 2011; 6:07 PM ET
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Comments

I'm so embarrassed to have this man as my governor. He's a crude, rude man whose wife and children were (and probably still are) Florida residents until they moved into the governor's mansion. During the entire campaign he refused to speak to the Maine press - turning down repeated requests for interviews - and he refused to take part in several debates because he couldn't control the questions and other aspects of the debate. It's beyond belief that he was elected. His first act as governor was to sign an executive order okaying racial profiling because he believes illegal immigrants are draining Maine's coffers. His second act was to instruct the legislature that they couldn't do anything without talking to his staff, which he hadn't appointed yet. He's the most unapproachable governor ever, and he's a jerk to everybody. Like I said, it's so embarrassing to have him in charge of this wonderful state filled with wonderful people who are not anything at all like him.

Posted by: ktvanw | January 14, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a little back-story would be helpful... Lepage was asked to visit African-American prisoners at a state prison, then responded that he would visit all of the prisoners without regard to their race, which didn't satisfy the NAACP. LePage is blunt, to be sure, but his point that he doesn't cater to special interest groups is accurate. A little context can be found in the video of the remarks (Google News LePage). Its also good to note that he gave the welcome address at the MLK breakfast in his town of Waterville four times in the past six years. I find it amusing that an author who writes so well and passionately about civility would compare a Governor who made an offhand remark to a man serving 30 years in prison for a brutal assault, using that example to question his "racial sensitivities." How civil.

Posted by: CrimsonViking | January 14, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

His momma must be SO proud. Honestly, most Mainers do not think like this. Many of us are welcoming toward the African-Americans in our midst. Even many Maine Republicans are ashamed tonight.

Posted by: pjane | January 14, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

CrimonVicking's back-story is untrue. It's something LePage made up, like his stories during the campaign about a business being forced to do a Buffalo audit and a tax on bull semen. Both the NAACP and the associate commissioner in the Department of Corrections said that there was no invitation to visit only black prisoners. http://www.wcsh6.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=144480

Besides which, this is just rude, boorish and uncivil. It isn't what Obama called for -- a politics our children can be proud of -- and it isn't the Maine way. Think of Maine leaders Margaret Chase Smith, Bill Cohen, George Mitchell, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. None of them would do anything like this.

Gov. LePage was elected by less than 40%. He stated in his inaugural address that he didn't care about public opinion, editorials, or upcoming elections. He's told government officials they can't talk to legislators or the press without going through the Governor's office. He hired his 22 year old biology major daughter for his office at a salary for at least twice the going amount and his press secretary defended it by saying she was worth the money because the Governor could count on her being loyal. His nominee for the Dept of Environmental Protection got a zero percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters for his votes when he was in the legislature. His nominee for Economic and Community Development is an engineer whose only qualification is that he's a member of a Tea Party group, the Constitutionalists of Maine.

We are in for a very long four years. I hope our reputation is not permanently sullied by this man.

Posted by: mainer2 | January 14, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

How can it EVER be alright for an elected official to minimize the importance of an entire segment of their electorate. Does he think that none of the few black people in Maine voted for him? I didn't like his smugness when he was running and I am appalled now at his indifference to the feelings of the citizens of Maine; ALL OF THEM; by acting in such a socially abusive fashion. And he had the nerve to laugh ON CAMERA and mention that his publicist(?) will probably be upset by that?!?! How about we start the recall NOW!!!!!

Posted by: dalmax | January 14, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I would respect the Governor if he told the NRA, my favorite lobby, the same thing. Of course, the NRA actually HAS enough members in Maine to matter. Not only that, the NRA would never waste political capital in such a childish manner. The NRA knows what they want from the Governor of Maine. Hint: NOT his attendance at a dinner.
Maybe it is time for the NAACP to ask what they really WANT from the Governor of Maine. Maine? Priorities anyone? What does the NAACP want from the USA? Does the NAACP want endless wars ruining our economy? Does the NAACP support the FED ruining our money? Do they support US military bases in 130 countries? Do they support the US military defending Europe and Japan from a Soviet Union that imploded twenty years ago?
Do they want the US spending more on "defense" than the rest of the world combined? Does the NAACP membership think Bush's "warren terr" is doing more harm or good? Are they even a bit annoyed that President Obama has not kept his promise to get out of Iraq? Do they want to cut healthcare and other domestic spending to support the American Empire? Let me make a suggestion: Ron Paul is an old man. Maybe we don't want him for President. But maybe it is time to listen to the man, at least about foreign policy and military spending. Maybe it is time to ask why Europeans and Japanese, and South Koreans, not to mention Israelis, have more claim to our help than our own people do in these difficult times.

Posted by: richardcarpenter | January 14, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Good for LePage. If there was ever an organization that deserved to be taken down a peg, it's the NAACP. Fifty years ago they were brave and righteous. Now the are overblown, fat, and phony. They are living on the laurels of their grandfathers. It is time for them to grow up. The NAACP has been given a pass for far too long. They need to re-earn our respect or shut up and go home.

Posted by: jy151310 | January 14, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

One for the Gov . . . the NAACP lost its way back in the 40s and has turned into a shake down industry, just like the Revrum Jackson, et al. We should thank heaven for a political figure who will stand up and say what most of us are thinking and maybe add "and that goes double for the WaPO." And by the way . . . M. L. King is not the saint he is currently portrayed to be; he was an abuser of women, a hypocrite, a plagiarist, and a chronic liar. If you doubt this, ask why his family and the government have concealed his records for so many years. Civility - yes. Stupid political correctness - no.

Posted by: Reisrrk | January 14, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I am so proud of LePage. He has finally spoken the truth--and the truth hurts. Remember the "Tea Party is Racist" lie put out by the racists in the NAACP?

Good man.

Posted by: Wigboldus | January 14, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

LePage does not owe it to the NAACP to appear at any of their events. They are no more entitled to such a command performance than the Podunk PTA is for him to show up at their annual weenie roast. It is about time that someone has the guts to drum that message into the heads of the NAACP leadership -- and a hearty "Kiss my @$$" strikes me as perfectly appropriate and in keeping with the sort of civility shown by implicit accusations of racism by the Race Lobby and fellow travelers like Capehart.

Posted by: RhymesWithRight | January 14, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Good Job Paul LePage! The NAACP IS a partisan organization. They are a legal shake-down committee that contributes NOTHING to America. They should have their tax-free status removed.

I am glad to see someone stand up to them and I hope more do.

Posted by: mcbrim1998 | January 14, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Seriously doubt LePage reads your column and could care less about your opinion.

Posted by: drowningpuppies | January 14, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Good for LePage. The NAACP was once a fine organization, but now it is completely anti-American and racist through and through. The NAACP makes openly racist statements all of the time. If the identical statements (with the phrases Black and white switched) were said by, for example the Rotary, all Hell would break loose. Did any of you see the members of the NAACP stomping and applauding the racist rant of their special guest speaker, Jeremiah Wright, at their annual meeting in Detroit last year? It was sincerely disgusting. Some of us believed Dr. King's words. Obviously the NAACP didn't.

Posted by: SameOldTiredThinking | January 14, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Good for LePage. The NAACP was once a fine organization, but now it is completely anti-American and racist through and through. The NAACP makes openly racist statements all of the time. If the identical statements (with the phrases Black and white switched) were said by, for example the Rotary, all Hell would break loose. Did any of you see the members of the NAACP stomping and applauding the racist rant of their special guest speaker, Jeremiah Wright, at their annual meeting in Detroit last year? It was sincerely disgusting. Some of us believed Dr. King's words. Obviously the NAACP didn't.

Posted by: SameOldTiredThinking | January 14, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

LePage isn't attending MLK events on Monday because of a state trooper's funeral. Le Page also has a record of consistently attending MLK events.

But the NAACP is *never* on offensive, right? LePage was challenging the NAACP's race card use. Which is pretty much the only card the NAACP has to play. NAACP, LaRaza -- both are all about racism.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | January 14, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I am a very proud Maine resident tonight. Finally it feels like we have someone saying what many of us are thinking. Thank you Govenor LePage for speaking your mind and placing all residents of Maine first. I an excited for what the future may finally bring to this state. I for one have had it with political correctness and look forward to more from our outspoken, rough around the edges govenor. It's about time!

Posted by: medicdkenney | January 14, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Never trust the Dem-Post...they simply go a call from their leftist buddy with in the NAACP and ran with the press release from that racist organization.

Apparently, Govenor LePage has an adopted son at home who is African-American. But, of course, the Dem Post left out that part of the comment.

Everyone in Maine is aware of why the Governor is missing this event, but the Leftist Maine NAACP is trying to there usual race baiting card in a political attack. The Governor told then to "Kiss his butt, then take their race card and talk to his son at home".

But the DemPost doesn't what their sheeple to know that part. Always with the lies and misinformation.

And this is apparently the third or fourth time which LePage has address the NAACP and the issue.

Posted by: LogicalSC | January 14, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

This kind of language coming out of anyone's mouth is despicable, but coming out of the mouth of a man who has been elected to represent all the people of his state, it borders on sociopathic.

Mr. LePage is a crude, rude, inarticulate man who was elected by less than 40% of the Mainers who voted in last November's election. He doesn't have the kind of mandate that this kind of disgusting language suggests. He can be recalled and if he keeps up this kind of behavior, he no doubt will be.

Posted by: mhitchons | January 14, 2011 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I am mortified that that boor is my governor, enitrely against my wishes. Can we recall him? Sign me on to the petition or whatever we need to do! Within a year, he'll have alienated everyone in government who wants to accomplish anything, everyone who cares about the proud tradition of our state for courteous independence, and everyone who has any sense of courtesy and civility.

Posted by: MaineWoman | January 14, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

A politician who will not genuflect to the NAACP or kiss the ring of the likes of Sharpton? Well done, Governor.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | January 14, 2011 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. Governor for less than a month and he's already made national headlines for boorish language -- this coming right after a national trauma and discussion focusing on public civility. It's going to be a long four years with Gov. LePage and he's going to be a big embarrassment for the 60% percent of Mainers who did not vote for him. The next election cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: ballstonbill | January 14, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan's use of the words "venerable" and "history" is telling. Yes, quite a number of years ago the NAACP could be considered "venerable". Sadly, given its most recent history, the Governor is correct. It is now just another special interest group whose time has passed.

Posted by: lopence | January 15, 2011 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan writes: "Blacks are only 1.2 percent of the state's population."

What makes that funny is that the paid NAACP membership is less than 1.2% of the nation's African-Americans. Far less.

LOL. The days of moral bullying by a group that tries to twist its history into some sort of moral mandate, claiming that they represent all black people--or even most black people---is just plain laughable.

Not even black people are stupid enough to join the NAACP these days....

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | January 15, 2011 3:45 AM | Report abuse

That said, I'll embrace Capehart's larger point: Having black children doesn't prove you're not a racist. And having a black girlfriend does not prove you're not a racist. Agreed.

In fact, BEING black does not prove you are not a racist. Indeed, some might argue that, all else equal, being black in America makes it more likely that one IS a racist.

Oops, let me re-phrase that: African-American are more likely to hold racial antipathy and bitterness in their hearts over the historically unjust treatment of their ancestors. Is that now acceptable?

Same diff.

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | January 15, 2011 3:54 AM | Report abuse

SOP for minority groups is to ascribe bigotry to anyone who doesn't do what they want. If, for example, a French-American group (there are a lot of French-origin people in Maine) demanded he attend their affair rather than the funeral of a state trooper killed in action, would friend Capehart give them the time of day for claiming anti-French bigotry? Blacks deserve to be treated the same as any other group -no better, no worse.

Posted by: potaboc | January 15, 2011 6:53 AM | Report abuse

SOP for minority groups is to ascribe bigotry to anyone who doesn't do what they want. If, for example, a French-American group (there are a lot of French-origin people in Maine) demanded he attend their affair rather than the funeral of a state trooper killed in action, would friend Capehart give them the time of day for claiming anti-French bigotry? Blacks deserve to be treated the same as any other group -no better, no worse.

Posted by: potaboc | January 15, 2011 6:53 AM | Report abuse

I used to work for the NAACP as a full-time volunteer. Apart from the LDF (which is a separate institution) the NAACP _is_ a special interest group now. If you were paying attention, Jonathan, you'd know that. The NAACP's history is great. But the civil rights fight has been won, for the most part, and the institution is still fighting to stay relevant. It has been doing so for 30 years now, at least. Really, they should've declared victory and gone out of business, but no one wants to be the last head of the NAACP. Press releases like these are the only way they get any attention.

Dr. King died over 40 years ago. I actually remember the man; I am guessing you don't. He was a political tactician. He correctly saw that using non-violence as a tactic -- when juxtaposed with the extreme violence utilized by the defenders of Jim Crow -- would give civil rights the moral high ground. Boiled down, if enough innocent Negroes got their heads beat in by state troopers for just sitting in a lunch counter, or got enough dogs set on them for walking across a bridge, America would be guilted into changing things. It worked.

Everything else -- including the magnificent speeches -- played into that. He wasn't speaking to speak, he was speaking to lead, to motivate. He was, I honestly believe, a prophet, and a man of infinite courage. But that's not what we see today. We see some sort of fuzzy, love-everybody character devoid of any steel. So MLK birthday celebrations are inherently false, in that we don't celebrate the actual man. It is as if we celebrated George Washington by cutting down cherry trees, because THAT showed how honest he was.

As for his black adopted son -- giving a black kid a home deserves NOTHING but praise.

Posted by: gbooksdc | January 15, 2011 6:57 AM | Report abuse

NAACP benefits no one but the lawyers. They sue and actually take money away from blacks and other minorities like in school districts that could use the money. Stop being such bullies.

Posted by: dcsmartie | January 15, 2011 7:05 AM | Report abuse

The NAACP during every election does nothing but attack every Republican on the ballot and imply that they're all racists who hate poor people and want to put all young black men in jail.

Good for the governor of Maine telling them to hit the road.

Posted by: corco02az | January 15, 2011 7:19 AM | Report abuse

First of all look to the local source fore the best news story:

http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/01/14/politics/lepage-on-naacp-tell-them-to-kiss-my-butt/

Secondly like Gov. Bully Christie in NJ--this is what the people of Maine wants?

A crass, thin-skinned jerk who storms around hurling inflammatory comments when he is challenged? Who does he think he is--$arah Palin?

It is great that he has an adopted African-American child-As one of 18 in a severely dysfunctional family he was basically adopted and saved and is paying it forward--So that is fine--

But like a typical RepubliTHUG- he cannot generalize--he cannot think more broadly

OH! And so remember this is the fiscal conservative who hired HIS OWN DAUGHTER for over $ 50,000 in salary and benefits!

HYPOCRITE!

Posted by: suec716 | January 15, 2011 8:00 AM | Report abuse

The Maine NAACP wanted Governor LePage to go the the state prison in Warren and meet with only black inmates, Mr. Capehart (must be a fake name) is leaving that out. Governor LePage said he would meet with ALL inmates not just black ones. Black people do not deserve special treatment. How long can a loser blame his failure on something that happened before he was born? Its time for Blacks to grow up and stop being babies.

Posted by: CTLangis | January 15, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I don't live in Maine and don't know much about its new Governor. I have, however, spent some time in Maine visiting friends and enjoying the beauty of the state. I'm no expert but I think Mainers will come to conclude that this guy's rhetoric is not for them. It may well be that only 1.2% of the population is African-American and he has an adopted child who is African American but that's not going to inoculate him from being booted out as an embarrassment to the citizens of a state that regularly elect moderate Republican Senators. I would ask their opinion about his behavior. That will tell you a great deal about his chances for re-election.

Posted by: DavidH6 | January 15, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Jonathon Capehart has been reduced to giving us the race/Sarah Palin outrage of the day for the WaPo. Later on, we'll hear a variation of the above on various MSNBC shows, complete with the outraged look of a writer who's suitably outraged at the subject at hand. This will cover the gamut of either Mrs. Palin or anything to do with race.

In other words, it seems like Mr. Capehart is phoning in his columns these days. They're so predictable.

Posted by: Rschrim1 | January 15, 2011 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Umm, he's only Paul LePage's son because Paul LePage says so. Devon Raymond has never been adopted by the LePage family, and has no legal connection to them whatsoever.

Paul LePage has been the mayor of my town and he has proven over and over that he's not much more than a bully. While we were glad to get rid of him as mayor, it's too bad the voters foisted him on the rest of the state.

He's an embarrassment, and does not represent the 61% of voters who did not vote for him.

Posted by: independentMainiac | January 15, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Maine will rue the election of Paul LePage to the governorship. Four years from now will find no significant advancement nor establishment of a clear direction for the state's path in the future. The simple-minded idea that state government has been wasting money in pursuit of unrealizable goals has brought a narrow-minded, conceited man to the office of chief executive. I doubt, and am willing to state, that LePage has the wit to see the state into a rebirth. Time (and apparently rudeness) will tell.

Posted by: Jazzman7 | January 15, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I was born here in Maine and lived here all of my life and I can safely say that Paul LePage does not even come close to speaking for all the citizens of this state. The guy is an embarrassing moment waiting to happen, as seen by this story and the fact he just got sworn in recently, yet everything he's done so far has stirred controversy.

All you need to know about how popular the guy is here are the election results. 216,761 people voted for LePage while 348,781 people voted for someone else. So basically just 1/3rd of the people who voted chose this buffoon. I'm not looking forward to the next four years in this state...

Posted by: mattyg2k11 | January 15, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

How about telling the rest of the story about him not wanting to meet just with blacks but everyone. MLK holiday is NOT a black holiday but a holiday for everyone to celebrate his life

Posted by: TennesseeJim | January 15, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

In a 2 way race LePage would have creamed either Libby Mitchell or Eliot Cutler, that why the Dems ran two candidates against him. And yes Cutler is a Democrat, and of the Carter sort. Mainers have been yearning to break loose of the liberal stanglehold on the state and have finally done so by electing a Republican House, Senate and Governor. Olympia Snowe (A RINO) will lose in her primary a year+ from now and a conservative will replace her. LePage said in his inaugural address (I was there) that there would be no special carvings no special interests for ANYONE!! And he means it. He is implementing a citizinship requirement for welfare, a five year limit on benefits, And a tiered benefits system so you can work and still get SOME benifits thus allowing people to break free of their dependance on government, exactly what the NAACP fears, a self reliant black community.

Posted by: CTLangis | January 15, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Of course most Mainers think like this. He's their governor. Or most Mainers don't vote?

Posted by: therev1 | January 15, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Of course most Mainers think like this. He's their governor. Or most Mainers don't vote?

Posted by: therev1 | January 15, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Oh, come on. After the dishonest and scurrilous attacks the NAACP mounted against the Tea Party, they should not expect anything else. Before the NAACP leadership set out to demonize and insult a third of the country, they probably should have thought about the consequences. Just now the press is trying to do the same thing to fully half of the country, and this in the name of "reducing vitriol."

Posted by: rhahn1 | January 15, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart:
Gov. LePage is missing the MLK day "celebration" (for the first time in about 6 years) because he is attending the funeral of Maine State Trooper.
Secondly, the NAACP got their nose out of joint because they wanted him to grant an audience to the Black population of Maine State Prison. The Gov's response was, that if he were to go to the prison it would be to visit ALL the inmates. He is not going.
The NAACP, and you sir, are blatantly omitting facts to fit your view of your world. So much for civility sir, and some might even call you racist in your comments.
Gov. LePage is a breath of fresh air.

Posted by: sandynh | January 15, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The consistently offensive liberals whine when someone doesn't play their game of the perpetually agrieved, Liberals don't want civility or solutions they want control over your life and will call you any name in the book that suits their purposes. We aren't buying it anymore.
Get a hold of yourselves and do something positive for a change.

Posted by: kalamere | January 15, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Well we certainly know what constituency he's going after.

Posted by: fresno500 | January 15, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

How ignorant for a state governor to publicly respond to any request from any organization for any reason in such a deplorable manner. He is an embarrassment to the entire country. I feel for the voters who did not support this idiot.

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | January 15, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

It's really sad, the VERY sudden and VERY rapid decline in the character, intellect, and dignity that until recently marked the institution of state Governorship. The yahoo quotient is really taking off. Can't we keep the rock-heads in the U.S. House where they belong?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | January 15, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I watched the video. This is another case of the naacp taking political hostages. The naacp wanted LePage to visit black inmates specifically. He told them that he would be happy to visit ALL prisoners. The fact that LePage won't be strong-armed is a testament to him.

Posted by: bethg1841 | January 15, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Randall Terry, the attention seeker who made his name terrorizing people at abortion clinics, adopted THREE black children. Each of them fled a home where they were treated with disrespect in his or her teens. None of them has been spoken to him in years. I suspect similar psychological abuse is occurring to LePage's black child, who he appears to view as cover for blatant racism, something to be used, not a person.

LePage insulted the NAACP several times, not only in regard to visiting prisoners. And, he had a history of bigoted behavior, including toward the President.

As for comments such as that the NAACP started 'going wrong' in the '40s, '50s and '60s, when it effectively led the war against segregation, they speak for themselves. 'Going wrong' is people of color demanding equal rights to the tea party demographic.

Posted by: query0 | January 15, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Randall Terry, the attention seeker who made his name terrorizing people at abortion clinics, adopted THREE black children. Each of them fled a home where they were treated with disrespect in his or her teens. None of them has been spoken to him in years. I suspect similar psychological abuse is occurring to LePage's black child, who he appears to view as cover for blatant racism, something to be used, not a person.

LePage insulted the NAACP several times, not only in regard to visiting prisoners. And, he had a history of bigoted behavior, including toward the President.

As for comments such as that the NAACP started 'going wrong' in the '40s, '50s and '60s, when it effectively led the war against segregation, they speak for themselves. 'Going wrong' is people of color demanding equal rights to the tea party demographic.

Posted by: query0 | January 15, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Hello nation. I am a Mainer. Welcome to our world. Our governor is an oaf. Keep in mind he received less that 1/3 of the vote. Maine is a tolerant and inclusive state and the governor does not represent the majority of Maine people. I am sorry to advise you to keep an eye out for more bullying stupid comments from the great state of Maine and please don't hold it against us.

Posted by: mikeh6 | January 15, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

It seems that some seem to confuse the governor's response regarding a prison visit with invitations to particpate in various MLK events in Maine. Each invitation stands on its own merits. To point, what specific invitation(s) did the governor utter his crude response? On another note, the governor was just plane crude and rude. He is the reason why many express displeasure with public servants. Many people in Maine are wondering about the person who is paid by their hard-earned tax dollars as the leader of their state.

Posted by: EarlC | January 15, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

It seems that some seem to confuse the governor's response regarding a prison visit with invitations to particpate in various MLK events in Maine. Each invitation stands on its own merits. To point, what specific invitation(s) did the governor utter his crude response? On another note, the governor was just plain crude and rude. He is the reason why many express displeasure with public servants. Many people in Maine are wondering about the person who is paid by their hard-earned tax dollars as the leader of their state.

Posted by: EarlC | January 15, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Because facts keep getting lost in this thread of comments:
-- LePage's "son" is, according to Maine reporters, not adopted, though he is being helped with various needs.
-- LePage's "son" should be left out of this discussion, as it wasn't his choice to be in it and he is being exploited by LePage.
-- The NAACP didn't invite LePage to meet with black prisoners at Maine State Prison. Further, the NAACP branch at MSP is made up of whites, blacks, Hispanics, Natives, and Asian Americans.
-- The majority of Mainers voted for one of the other two excellent candidates for governor. It was unthinkable to have this buffoon as governor, and it is, as others have said, a great embarrassment to have him tarnishing this great state.

Posted by: marthamaine | January 15, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

We Mainers are thrifty and loath to waste resources. So, when the when the state's governor is an ass, the only thing left to do is kiss it. LePage's request makes perfect sense.

Posted by: underdog100 | January 15, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The NAACP during every election does nothing but attack every Republican on the ballot and imply that they're all racists who hate poor people and want to put all young black men in jail.

Good for the governor of Maine telling them to hit the road.

Posted by: corco02az
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I agree the NAACP is pretty much useless - but on the other hand republicans do want to arrest all poor people and lock up all Black people.

Posted by: question-guy | January 15, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Maybe someone will be bold enough to say "yeah, no prob gov, stick your face over here." Let's hope in the next election, the good voters of Maine tell him that he can kiss theirs. (butts).

Posted by: jacquie1 | January 15, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe someone will be bold enough to say "yeah, no prob gov, stick your face over here." Let's hope in the next election, the good voters of Maine will tell him that he can kiss theirs. (butts).

Posted by: jacquie1 | January 15, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

It's embarrassing that anybody thinks this is proper behavior for a governor. Most Mainers - and that includes my ultra-conservative parents and my super redneck neighbors, all of whom voted for this guy - think what he said was completely inappropriate. What kind of role model is he? Is this the language we want to hear from people? Is this the kind of behavior we want to see? Those of you gleefully supporting this man - is this the kind of thing you want to see from your children? From your neighbors? From those with whom you would do business, work alongside, or those whose service you might need? Of course not. Why would you accept it from someone making decisions about YOUR lives?

Posted by: ktvanw | January 15, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

This blowhard was endorsed by the Tea Party. Were they to offer an invite, would he accept and aren't they a special interest.

Posted by: Puller58 | January 15, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

He had a right to turn them down. He should have been more polite about it. The NAACP is not used to being turned down.

The NAACP is a special interest group just like LaRaza and the ADL, etc. In addition it is a ONE interest, special interest group.

The NAACP is also an overwhelmingly Democrat, interest group and therein lies the problem for the Republican governor.

There are NO hugs and kisses given to Republicans at such events. Sometimes boos and hisses, though.

Posted by: battleground51 | January 15, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I fail to see the rationale for fueling the flames of bigotry over a relatively benign statement. While such behavior is “unbecoming” of any elected official… especially the head of state, Gov. Paul LePage was elected with the support of the ever-so controversial Tea Party. Inflammatory discourse is their signature… especially in response to any laments from Democrats… in this case NAACP.

As for the racial quotient… well, I’m sorry I don’t see an “angle” here-none. Save for the governor offering up his adopted Jamaican son as a not so subtle “measure” of his racial impartiality, the only overtly racial element… if accurate, was that of the governor being intimidated by the NAACP into attending an “all black prisoners” function to commemorate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday… or Monday’s nationally-observed MLK Day!

Merely as a function of the NAACP “deliberately” opting to exclude prisoners… whites, rather than hosting an ecumenically-style commemoration with all prisoners could be perceived as a “racial slight”... and yes even “playing the race card?” And to that extent the governor has a point.

Personally, simply employing expletives to admonish any organization… “Saluting any given part of one’s anatomy” [in-and-of-itself] irrespective of ethnicity, doesn’t infer a racial-bias against said organization or its core constituency… be that the NAACP or NRA!

I can understand how the NAACP might feel insulted by the governor’s statement… “It was inappropriate,” but given the particulars of this exchange… well, I can’t say I myself would not have employed equally distasteful histrionics were being charged with even the appearance of that for which I passionately know I’m innocent!

Posted by: cbwHouston | January 15, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Governor of Maine is trying his best to make the Governor of Virginia look good. He has a long way to go but is in full gear. A decent response would have been, "Sorry, but I have committed to attend a trooper's funeral". This guy just did a George Allen "macaca moment".
The good and tolerant people of Maine will not forget this crude slur on their good name.

Posted by: pjohn2 | January 15, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the Maine Tea Party encouraged its members to post comments on Mr. Capehart’s column attacking both him and the NAACP. I am surprised that most of them can read a newspaper, let alone the Post.

Posted by: 54Stratocaster | January 15, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Just another Mainer chiming in.
I've lived here my entire life and have watched my beloved home slowly become 'North Boston'.
I can remember when our elected officials and the majority of the residents here were primarily fiscal conservatives and self-sufficient.
Now, it seems we've become fiscal fools, social liberals, and totally incapable of taking care of ourselves.
Past administrations made my home a haven for anyone looking for a 'Free Ride'
Officials were told they could not inquire about a person's legal residency when that person applied for any state provided aid.
Consequently, my taxes could very well be supporting someone who isn't here legally.
Essentially making me an accessory to the crime by aiding and abetting an illegal alien.
Yes, I said 'Illegal alien' they aren't 'un-documented workers', that is politically correct speech and I am tired of it, as are many of my fellow Mainers.
REAL MAINERS ....NOT TRANSPLANTS !!!
If you were to look at the gubernatorial election results you would find that Maine followed the rest of the country in the way te voters cast their ballots.
Those in rural areas (where there is still that Yankee drive to be independent and look after one's self) voted for LePage.
Not out of ignorance but out of frustration with the other two candidates who were both Liberal (Progressive ?) Democrats.
Eliot Cutler ran as an Independent but he was nothing more than Dem. Libby Mitcell Lite.
Those voters in the south of the state, in and around the cities voted for the Dem and the Indy.......these folks depend on government to take care of them in one way or another. A great many of the 'South Mainers' moved here from Mass. to get away from the 'city' and the 'problems' associated with living near Boston.
Problem is......they STILL want all those 'city' benefits AND the problems they were trying to escape......yup, they brought those along too.
Gov. LePage's comments may have been crude but he made a promise to the people of Maine.
That promise was that it would no longer be 'business as usual'. That he would get the State's fiscal house in order and that he would not allow ANY special interest group to influence his administration.
So far he is living up to his promise.
I'm not proud of his comment but I am proud of his commitment.
No...I'm not a Tea Party member.....in fact I'm not registered with ANY party.
I vote for the person who can do the best job regardless of party affiliation.

Posted by: nahmakanta | January 15, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

We are in for a very long four years. I hope our reputation is not permanently sullied by this man
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Well, there's the recall vote.

Posted by: jjgrah | January 15, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

This is a fine example of mr. lepages intellectual immaturity and ignorance. When people can't debate the issues on an intellectual level, they resort to this type of phony bravado and bullying. It's a blatant sign of intellectual weakness. Chris Christie is the master of that game.

Lepage is an embarrassment to his state, himself, and the country. Unfortunately, he's one of the few who hasn't realized it.

Posted by: JilliB | January 15, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I always thought of Mainers as being such nice, salt of the earth people. How then could they have elected such a turd of a man to the state house?

Posted by: jpawlik1 | January 15, 2011 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I always thought of Mainers as being such nice, salt of the earth people. How then could they have elected such a turd of a man to the state house?

Posted by: jpawlik1 | January 15, 2011 11:11 PM | Report abuse

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We didn't. 60% of us voted for someone else. If the Democrat (Libby Mitchell) had dropped out of the race when it was clear she had no shot, I guarantee anybody who voted for her would've voted for the Independent (Eliot Cutler) and not this turd.

By the way, he's now saying he'll meet with the NAACP.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/lepage-says-he-will-meet-with-naacp_2011-01-16.html

So all of you defending him can kiss my butt...

Posted by: mattyg2k11 | January 16, 2011 8:21 AM | Report abuse

As others report, Mr. Lepage does NOT have an "adopted black son". He helped his Jamaican caddie's son( PGA aspirant) to enjoy the educational fruits of the good old US of A/. Just like his children attendd FLA. colleges at in state rates. All the while , Gov. Lepage decries welfare cheats, disallows Maine as a Sanctuary State and wants to cut state jobs etc, etc.
What we have here, fellow Mainers, is a good old fashioned CON-MAN (er.. biznessman, er hypocrite. )Ain't politics grand???

Posted by: rudyzmom | January 16, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

As others report, Mr. Lepage does not have an adopted black son. He apparently helped his Jamaican caddies son to enjoy the educational fruits of the good old US of A/. Just like his children attende FLA. colleges at in state rates. All the while , Gov. Lepage decries welfare cheats, disallows us as a Sanctuary State.
What we have here, fellow Mainers, is a good old fashioned CON-MAN (er.. biznessman, er hypocrite. Ain't politics grand???

Posted by: rudyzmom | January 16, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The NAACP invited LePage to attend and speak at some events they were sponsoring for MLK day. He refused to commit to any of them. When reporters questioned him on this, he chose to be crude and to misrepresent an event to which he had previously been invited.

The invitation from the Maine NAACP was sent to many politicians. The event was to register any and all Maine prisoners who wanted to vote. LePage was the only gubernatorial candidate who did not go to any of these events held at prisons throughout the state. Here is a link to an article that reported on one of the state prison's event at the time:
http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20091005-NEWS-910059974

The article about the event clearly shows that the event was not dedicated to black prisoners, but all prisoners. A Republican state senator from Thomaston Maine is quoted as to why he was helping out.

As a Maine citizen, I find LePage to be an embarrassment. Not just for his lack of judiciousness in public statements, but also for his dishonesty and his hypocrisy. Like most conservatives, when called out on what he has chosen to say, he lies and blames others. He calls the NAACP a special interest group and says that he will not be held hostage by special interest groups, but just today he spent time with anti-abortion activists. He also spends a great deal of time closeted with true special interest groups, including the Maine Heritage Policy Center, Chamber of Commerce, hospital association interests, private prison groups that want to take over the prison system in Maine and so on.

He said that he would meet and interact with all Maine citizens. The NAACP of Maine is made up of Maine citizens. It is the governor's job to meet with special and other interest groups, and he already has been. He should respect his office and the people who he represents even those whose views differ.

The NAACP as well as veterans groups, church groups, and any other group has an interest in state issues and how they should be resolved. The governor apparently believes that only some interests should be listened to by him.

Posted by: sydney59602 | January 16, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

How extraordinarily sad it is to be a Maine native and to have seen our new Governor, perhaps for the very first time on all of the national television news outlets, spouting his reprehensible “Kiss My Butt” statement for all the world to hear. What a heart-wrenching experience to have had the rest of our country have to see this, the head of our once-great state, making such a disgusting display, he the man chosen to speak on our behalf. What must they all think, that this was the best we could do to fill the role of Governor? His oafish and insensitive manner may seem just hilarious to his cronies and “good-ol-boys” down at the surplus store, but just think how it must appear to a “Special Interest” like a business that might have considered relocating and bringing badly needed jobs to Maine. And what an absolutely charming example he sets for our children to look up to… a regular “Andy of Mayberry”, isn’t he. Those who elected him will get what they paid for, and just what they deserve. Unfortunately, the rest of us will have to endure the embarrassment of his “Simpsons-inspired” rhetoric for years, and it may be a generation or more before we outlive the sad legacy he is already striving to stamp upon our state and its people. Thanks Governor LePage, for making us wish we could say we were from someplace else. Shame on you.
Embarrassed in Moosehead Junction Twp., Maine

Posted by: swimmiingelf | January 16, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I can't not believe some of the comments from my fellow Mainers. What LePage said was disrespectful, plain and simple. He could have easily said he had other commitments. But to tell a respected organization, any organization , as the governor of my state to "kiss my butt" is offensive. Any Maine child would have been sent to their room for a remark like that. Maybe our governor should be sent to his room......for 4 years!!!!!

Posted by: JudeP | January 16, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Members of the NAACP of Maine are citizens of the state and have every right to expect a hearing from their governor on issues of concern. He claimed his administration was going to be about people, just not these people, I guess.

Mr. LePage not only misrepresented the prison voter registration invitation, but he also was not honest about why he chose not to go to any MLK events sponsored by the NAACP. The voter registration drive was for all prisoners and many Maine politicians attended and helped register voters. As for the invitation to MLK events, he declined the invitation long ago. Now he claims he has a funeral to attend instead.

We only today have found out that the young man he claimed as his black son is not LePage's son, adopted or otherwise. Why lie about that? Surely most people would think it commendable that he took this boy in so he could graduate from high school and college in the US.

Perhaps, there are more things we do not know about this yet, though. Were they honest about college applications and loans? Or did they do some fiddle as they did with their children's education in Florida? Otherwise why lie?

Is he just stupid or pathological or both? After all, most of his lies, of which so far there have been quite a few, were easily refutable with those pesky things called facts, documentation, and all that tiresome stuff. It seems you just cannot trust anything about this man.

Unfortunately, until Mr. LePage's policies start to hurt them, his supporters will continue to cheer him on no matter what he lies about, says, or does. They will continue to blame others for reporting what he says and does and not hold him to account.

Posted by: sydney59602 | January 16, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why this becomes an issue. What the local NAACP should do is get on a call and make sure that the state of Maine doesn't get any more dollars from African-Americans or their organizations. It's clear, or rather it has become clear, that this country only responds to money...not history, not petitions, not invitations or even kind words. Make sure that no organizations of color host events in the state. That will be sure to get their attention!

Posted by: SpeaksTruth2Power | January 16, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

The NAACP is a special interest. The civil rights era is long over, the good guys won. Now all they do is try desperately to hang onto black-majority congressional districts even if it means gerrymanded districts, and "affirmative action" now relabeled "diversity".

Sometimes in America groups disband because they are no longer needed. I say to the NAACP "You won. Go home." If you had told Dr. King there would be a black president 41 years after his death, he would have asked what I was smoking to have such a dream.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 16, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

It is starting to be a problem that elected officials think (or assume) that because you didn't vote for them, you don't deserve their representation. I would think that in a state with a black population of 1.2 percent that the NAACP speaks for Maine's black citizens more than usual. The United States, particularly where its citizens are represented by conservatives in local, state, and national government, is starting to feel alarmingly like the South of old, where certain citizens were heartily ignored and the most hateful and divisive held sway. I despair for all of us, of any ethnic or racial group, whose voices are silenced by those who think they don't count or matter.

Posted by: snj1 | January 16, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Well I wonder what he'll say to the NAAWP? I mean the whites need a seat at the table too.
WHY do you blacks let this go on? Why do they allow themselves to be put down and patronized so? I would NEVER allow someone to say I act/vote/spend a certain way because of my skin color, why do you?

Posted by: dcjayhawk2 | January 17, 2011 7:48 AM | Report abuse

The governor was injudicious in his choice of words, but the NAACP has a record of racism and incivility of its own to live down. As do we all.

Posted by: sailhardy | January 17, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

There is no excuse for vulgarity and crude language from public officials. No pass for the governor. But Capehart's column is a little sneaky (surprise). Read the excellent comment by Crimson Viking near the top.

Posted by: Roytex | January 17, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

There is no excuse for vulgarity and crude language from public officials. No pass for the governor. But Capehart's column is a little sneaky (surprise). Read the excellent comment by Crimson Viking near the top.

Posted by: Roytex | January 17, 2011 8:43 AM | Report abuse

LogicalSC wrote: "Apparently, Govenor LePage has an adopted son at home who is African-American. But, of course, the Dem Post left out that part of the comment."

LogicalSC, are you semi-illitereate or just too lazy to read the editorial? Mr. Capehart wrote an entire paragraph about the governor's son.

This is yet another example of an uniformed, intellectually lazy Tea Party simpleton. Keep up the good work. You're a fine tea bagger.

Posted by: RufusPlimpton | January 17, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"OH! And so remember this is the fiscal conservative who hired HIS OWN DAUGHTER for over $ 50,000 in salary and benefits!

HYPOCRITE!

Posted by: suec716 | January 15, 2011 8:00 AM "

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This, if anything, was the real story IMO... I can't say I'm surprised that people saw the Tea Party Astroturf "Movement" as an opportunity to get elected and take advantage, but... NCAACP aside, what do you conservative Maine folks think of him hiring his daughter?

Posted by: Patzer111 | January 17, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"He hired his 22 year old biology major daughter for his office at a salary for at least twice the going amount and his press secretary defended it by saying she was worth the money because the Governor could count on her being loyal. "

Get the recall papers ready, the corruption will only get worse.

Posted by: knjincvc | January 17, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The NAACP is beter off without this pasty, overfed, rude governor at their functions. Fuhget about him -- just another crazy bagger who makes outrageous remarks for attention.

Posted by: Sandydayl | January 17, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Gov. LePage's bad mouthing NAACP is not acceptable . This kind of language does not suit people in high public office . He must apologize to the NAACP and voters of Delaware soon . This will be big issue for him , bad language and behaviors of public officials must not be condoned .

Posted by: dmfarooq | January 17, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

If he had pivoted to say what an admirer he was of Dr. King and how Dr. King embodied all that is best in the American system, and that, as urged by national leaders of both parties, he and his family were devoting today to volunteer service -- but he just had some sort of tiff going on with the local NAACP -- that would be one thing (and what a total fantasy world that evokes).

But he didn't. He was vulgar, tacky, and unsuited to the dignity of his office or the fact that he now speaks for the people of an entire state. And he certainly seemed to me to be trying to put down the memory of Martin Luther King, the idea of devoting a day to recalling what he stood for in our public life as a nation, and the history of the civil rights movement, among many other American ideals -- not just turning rather gratuitously on the local NAACP. Shame on him. He seems to lack the ability to learn or to grow into his new role as an elected leader, rather than a stinging gadfly.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter1 | January 17, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

This new style of politics ala Chris Christie is effective in the short term. I find it hilarious that his only defense is having a black son (got therapy?). I think the most disturbing aspect is that a standing governor he can hold such position and still be part of serious debate. Try that s**t with AIPAC and your career will end in no time.

Posted by: echoparkla | January 17, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Paul LePage has proven that he is pathetic.

Posted by: lynnlm | January 17, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Paul LePage has proven that he is pathetic.

Posted by: lynnlm | January 17, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Gov LePage did attend an NAACP-sponsored event in Waterville, ME this morning, something he did many times when he was mayor there. Suddenly, it's not such a special interest group. And speaking of special interest groups - he met with Right to Life over the weekend.

BTW- the "adopted son" he mentions is a kid from Jamaica for whom he commendably is paying the way through school. He has not adopted this fine young man, who is not a US citizen.

Gov LePage has little compassion for non-US citizens. His first act as governor was to enact an executive order encouraging public officials to seek out and question non-US citizens to discover their immigration status. During his campaign he said he personally would buy them each a bus ticket out of state to keep them from our welfare rolls.

During his campaign he also declared his family (wife and children), who were listed as Florida residents to take advantage of cheaper education and no income tax, was off limits to questioning. His wife, who owns property in Maine, applied for property tax relief both in Maine and in Florida, claiming residency in both states. Gov LePage himself owns no property in Maine.

Gov LePage says government spending under the previous Democrat administration was out of control and he will make deep cuts. Gov LePage stated one of the problems in Maine is the lack of jobs for young people and proudly announced he was hiring a fine young woman to be his personal assistant/press secretary. That fine young person, a former Florida resident, is his daughter, who is receiving twice the salary of the former assistant/press secretary.

Posted by: ktvanw | January 17, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Get the facts straight, Jerk, before you report your slanted stories.

Posted by: LLCKMMS | January 18, 2011 5:45 AM | Report abuse

In my lifetime, and I'm not young, the NAACP has been strictly a subsidiary of the Democratic Party. They give anyone not of that persuasion no reason to respect them; the fine words of the civil rights movement turned out, the day after, to be strictly about spoils politics. The NAACP instigated or supported dreadful policies like busing and race-based hiring/admissions quotas which remain among the most enduringly unpopular in American politics, and which survive only because of the success the NAACP has had in arousing the guilt feelings of affluent ruling-class white people in the legal, academic, and journalistic professions.

The Republicans should rethink having to demean themselves by appearing before a group that hates their guts and seldom misses a chance to say so. They lose no public support by doing so.

Posted by: markrichardc | January 18, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

LePage's scribblings is just another example of slanted opinion. In fact, the NAACP is a lobbying group which is opinionated and has a one-sided view of the world. By definition a racist is someone who is bigoted, meaning not tolerant of the beliefs or opinions of others. It's grow up time. The NAACP should stop whining.

Posted by: hummering1 | January 18, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

LePage's scribblings is just another example of slanted opinion. In fact, the NAACP is a lobbying group which is opinionated and has a one-sided view of the world. By definition a racist is someone who is bigoted, meaning not tolerant of the beliefs or opinions of others. It's grow up time. The NAACP should stop whining.

Posted by: hummering1 | January 18, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Well ... he's right, actually. The NAACP did much good in its time. Today, all it is doing is lobbying to keep affirmative action (relabeled "diversity") and special black-dominated congressional districts (whose continued existance is increasingly dubious). The NAACP should declare victory, hold a picnic and yard sale, and disband, mission accomplished.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 18, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I think this all started with Reagan's Dumbing-Down of America. Since then, we have screams of WMD, scams and swindles, endless Bush Wars, and the World's Biggest Bad Debt. How is this guy going to deal with the challenges of today, when he is still demonizing his constituents?

Posted by: gkam | January 18, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan, the NAACP has done nothing but sit back and watch as blacks have destroyed themselves, yet scream "CIVIL RIGHTS" just to make them selves relevant during the election cycle. I only need to look at how blacks have degressed in the democRAT cities of Detroit, LA, Chicago, DC and New Orleans to come to my conclusion.

"Poor people have been voting democRAT for over 50 years..............and they are still poor"-Charles Barkley

Posted by: THINKbeforeyouvote12 | January 18, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, the NAACP has done nothing but sit back and watch as blacks have destroyed themselves, yet scream "CIVIL RIGHTS" just to make them selves relevant during the election cycle. I only need to look at how blacks have degressed in the democRAT cities of Detroit, LA, Chicago, DC and New Orleans to come to my conclusion.

"Poor people have been voting democRAT for over 50 years..............and they are still poor"-Charles Barkley

Posted by: THINKbeforeyouvote12 | January 18, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The NAACP is not a "special interest" group? That's news to me and the people who define the term "special interest group". I would agree that the history of the organization is impressive and pertinent to American History. However, its most recent history has been one reflecting an organization that is more interested in self-preservation than in bettering the situation of African Americans in this country. In light of that, I don't see why the Gov. of Maine would feel dutybound to befriend that group, anymore than a Democrat should honor a similar request from the NRA.

Posted by: weaverlaw1 | January 18, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart; all,

fwiw, i ONCE was "a member in goodstanding" of the NAACP, but no more as the organization is now only a LIBERAL "shakedown" operation of the most extreme, leftist, lunatic fringe of the DIMocRATS party & nothing more than that.

today, i call it the "naaLcp", i.e., the "National Association for the Advancement of Leftist Colored People", as NONE of us who are both moderates/conservatives and "of color" (fyi, i'm "bi-racial") are welcome in the group.

IF & when "non-white" moderates/conservatives are welcomed again, i'll happily pay my NAACP dues but i seriously doubt that that will ever happen as the DIMocRATS leftists/extremists/haters/bigots/antisemites/lunatics will never accept us.

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | January 18, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I reviewed Gov Lapage's comments. Jonathon made one mistake and several ommissions in his reporting that really changes one's perspective on the incident. (see http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/01/14/politics/lepage-on-naacp-tell-them-to-kiss-my-butt/). First the Governor explained that the NAACP invitation was to go to a prison and visit black prisoners. He accepted but said he would visit all prisoners. The NAACP rejected this approach. Then the reporter asked how would you respond to the the NAACP's charge that this is "more just one instance it's part of a pattern." The Governor then said his response would be to "kiss my butt." In addition, the governor had previously served as the welcoming speaker at MLK Day dinners in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 in at the Muskie Center in Waterville and was to attend the an NAACP breakfast in Orono on Monday. Jonathon failed to incude these facts in his story. Given these facts the question that should be asked is when will the NAACP stop dropping the race card on anyone they disagree with politically. This sort of character assasination is at the heart of the "incivility" that our public discourse has taken on. This attack by the NAACP is strikingly similar in its lack of merit to the hateful attacks initiated by Krugman, Matthews, Olbermann and rest of the left before the blood had dried in Tuscon.

Posted by: dudevoirk001 | January 18, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

This isn't and shouldn't be about the NAACP. It's about a governor's inappropriate behavior and his blatant hypocrisy. An elected official has to maintain the decorum of his office. If he feels he cannot accept an invitation, for whatever the reason, he can and should say so in a way that conveys the respect and dignity of his position. If he chooses to give a reason - in this case, the strange fact that the NAACP is a special interest group - then he cannot turn around and meet with other special interest groups - in this case, the Right to Life. As governor, Paul LePage is a role model and he needs to remember that.

He wants to cut back Maine's government, decrease spending and lower taxes. I respect that. I hope he does that. However, his behavior so far - trash talking those whom he doesn't feel like dealing with, refusing to run an open government, showing a willingness to spend my tax dollars to support his family, and encouraging racial discord and racial profiling - shows me his agenda has little to do with saving money and improving this state's government or status.

So get off your high horses about the NAACP and stick to the issue at hand.

Posted by: ktvanw | January 18, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

ktvanw,

"trash talking" the "naaLcp" is NO different than "trash talking" the KKK, as BOTH organizations are (today) well-known for MEAN-spiritedness, anti-Semitism, ignorance, DISHONESTY, arrogance, bigotry, nitwittery, unfounded prejudice & general foolishness. = one ("the naaLcp") is on the leftist extreme fringe and the other (the Klan) is on the other extreme fringe of the political spectrum.

thus making TRUTHFUL comments about "the accuser", i.e., "the naaLcp", is perfectly appropriate to this discussion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | January 19, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

LePage is a good man.

Next, hopefully we can rid the state of its two RINO senators.

Posted by: Smarg | January 19, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

to all,

fwiw, my "new nephew" (he married my niece on 07/10/10) is 1/2 Black, 1/4 Apache & 1/4 Lowland Scots. B______ is a graduate of SMU, a Dallas County Detective LT & a first year law school student at Baylor.

when the local "naaLcp" chapter (in a TX town near Baylor Law) "leadership", about a month ago, found out that B________ is politcally conservative (he's actually quite LIBERTARIAN in outlook.), he SUDDENLY was told that he was "NOT welcome" at their meetings & "we don't want your money".
(some of "those wonderful folks" called him racist names, including "you redbone (obscenity deleted)".)
note to all: "redbone" is a RACIST slur at persons who are part Black & part Native American.= the term of abuse is equal to, if not worse than, "the N word".

fyi, as a result, he/my niece are NOW & will remain an active/committed TEA PARTIERS in their "home county".

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | January 21, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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