Last week we reported about the travails of Maine Governor and Donald Trump Surrogate Paul LePage.
Last Thursday, he left an unhinged rant on the voicemail of a state legislator whom LePage thought had called him racist. It is difficult to know how anyone could arrive at that conclusion:
Then on Friday, he tried to repair the damage he’d done and wound up saying that he considered blacks and Hispanics as “the enemy.”
Now it seems that LePage has belatedly recognized the error of doubling down on stupidity.
Gov. Paul LePage raised the possibility Tuesday that he may not finish his second term, amid mounting pressure from Democrats and members of his own party to amend for his recent actions.
“I’m looking at all options,” the Republican governor said 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.”
There is every appearance that his own party is more than ready to toss him overboard to keep him from taking them down with him.
LePage said he met with Republican House and Senate leaders Monday night at the Blaine House but said he plans to talk with his staff before deciding his next move.
He said his impression from Monday’s meeting was that House Republicans want to “salvage what we can and move forward.” Senate Republicans, he said, are “making demands.”
LePage seemed to at least acknowledge that his ability to lead Maine may be in question now.
“It’s not about me. It’s about making sure that we can move the state forward,” he said. “It’s one thing to have one party behind (you), it’s another thing to not have any party behind you.”