Butt Kiss: A Turn of LePage in Maine

Just as he did during the campaign, the new Governor of Maine is making waves for not playing the expected games, telling the NAACP to kiss his butt.

After meeting with business leaders in Sanford, LePage told WCSH-TV6 he was not attending Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Bangor and Portland because he considered the group a special interest.

Everyone can relate to the governor's refusal to be pushed around by special interests.

“They are a special interest,” he told the station. “End of story. And I’m not going to be held hostage by special interests. And if they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they’d like about it.”

The NAACP is, naturally, miffed.

The NAACP's state director said the group felt it was being neglected by the new governor, who was elected in November. The head of a Portland immigration group said it would be nice if he would at least send a representative from his office to attend.

But politics is a business of responding to interest groups, so you have to wonder if LePage's response will be the same if the NRA invites him to dinner. Watching this play out will be fun.

When the reporter asked if his absence was an indication of a pattern, rather than an isolated incident, LePage responded by saying: “Tell ‘em to kiss my butt,” he said, laughing.