July 16, 2015 1:00 am -


Governor Paul LePage was only joshing y’all.

The 17-year-old student Nick Danby was the son of local cartoonist George Danby, who is typically critical of LePage’s governorship. At the annual gathering of the youth leadership program Dirigo Boys State, LePage realized the two were related when the younger Danby asked a critical question, and joked “I’d like to shoot George Danby.”

But a month later after the comments began picking up steam in the Maine media, LePage wrote Nick a handwritten personal apology.

The younger Danby accepted the apology. “I wanted to respond by telling you that I was not offended — I thought they were quite humorous — nor was I the one who reported the incident — I think in many respects you were simply representing the feelings of many Mainers,” he responded.




D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.