Paul Le Page apologizes for his threatening statements about Rep.
Drew Gattine and says in a radio interview that he’s not sure he’ll complete his second term – then issues a tweet downplaying the idea of resignation.
“I’m looking at all options,” the Republican governor said Tuesday morning while appearing on WVOM, a Bangor talk radio station.
“I think some things I’ve been asked to do are beyond my ability.
I’m not going to say that I’m not going to finish it.I’m not saying that I am going to finish it.” Later in the interview, he said: “If I’ve lost my ability to help Maine people, maybe it’s time to move on.” Some six hours later, in a tweet posted from his Twitter account, Le Page backed away from any suggestion that he was considering resignation.After a two-hour closed-door caucus, House Republicans decide not to take any action to address concerns about the governor’s inflammatory comments and the threatening voice mail.The governor’s statements have attracted national attention and portrayed Maine in an unflattering light that could have consequences for tourism and other business sectors.If Le Page were to resign or be forced out of office by the Legislature, the state Constitution lays out the steps for succession, with Senate President Mike Thibodeau being first in line. Paul Le Page’s recent statements attracts several hundred people to Augusta’s Capitol Park. Le Page has made a habit of making controversial statements, including the infamous Vaseline comment.
During the day, Le Page also raised the possibility more than once on the radio that he might not finish his second term because of the controversy, which has stretched on for a week.