Maine Governor ‘Jokes’ About Shooting Cartoonist And Executing Lawmakers
Paul LePage says he would “like to shoot” a cartoonist who advocates for an expanded rail system and that he’d like to “round up and execute” lawmakers.
LePage earlier this month said state lawmakers from Lewiston should be “rounded up and executed in the public square.”
Tony Donovan, a Portland-based real estate developer and member of the executive council for the Sierra Club Maine, said Thursday that LePage made the statement during an hour-long meeting in LePage’s office at the State House on June 8.
“Maybe I didn’t hear right, but I’m pretty sure I did hear right,” Donovan said. “He was pretty vulgar and said he thinks the entire Lewiston delegation should be rounded up and executed in the public square. He did say that to me.”
Donovan said LePage seemed particularly angry with Rep. Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston, who is also the House chairwoman of the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee. Donovan said LePage’s vulgarity was aimed largely at Rotundo.
The revelation from Donovan comes a day after LePage told a group of about 200 high school juniors attending Dirigo Boys State in Waterville that he would “like to shoot” cartoonist George Danby.
LePage made the comment after Danby’s son, Nick Danby, who was in attendance at the meeting, asked the governor what he thought of the cartoonist.
The newspaper’s editors, including Anthony Ronzio, director of news and audience, demanded an apology from LePage and was told the governor would take care of it “personally.”