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Outspoken Maine Governor draws ire of NAACP

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January 14, 2011

SANFORD, Maine: Governor Paul LePage, the outspoken chief executive for the state of Maine, has twice in a day drawn the ire of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - first for turning down an invitation to attend Martin Luther King ceremonies on the upcoming holiday and then later stating that the organization could "kiss his butt" when questioned by a reporter as to whether "his non-participation is more than one instance, and rather a pattern."[1]

The Republican Governor, who drew national headlines during the 2010 midterm elections for telling President Barack Obama to "go to hell," "has personal commitments on Sunday and he is attending the funeral of a state trooper on Monday," according to his spokesman Dan Demeritt; state governmental offices are close on today in an effort to save money for the state budget.[1] LePage elaborated further with reporters that the NAACP is a special interest group and that he does not intend to be held hostage by special interests. He then added, if the group wanted, "they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they'd like about it."[1]

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