“Language like this is offensive, no matter who says it. We expect more in our schools. We expect more at home around our kitchen table. And surely we expect more from our governor.”
Jackson said that he has not seen the video but that he has heard the governor’s comments and is not bothered by them.
“I’ve had a lot of people say nasty things about me in the past. … That’s OK, that’s democracy,” Jackson told reporters. “But I do think it’s inappropriate the way he said it. We can be disagreeable without making nasty comments like that, and I just think it’s unfortunate that the man that is supposed to be the leader of our state makes comments like that.”
LePage spokeswoman Samantha Warren said the governor’s remarks reflect his increasing frustration that the Democrats are pushing forward with a budget that would raise taxes and hurt hard-working Maine families.
LePage, who was elected in 2010 with tea party support, is known for speaking his mind. He once told an NAACP official to “kiss my butt,” and he compared the IRS to the Gestapo.
He and Jackson have clashed in the past over a number of issues, including a bill LePage signed last year that Jackson said eliminated a number of regulations that have been put in place make sure Americans’ logging jobs don’t go to Canadians.
LePage’s administration said the aim was to cut bureaucracy and red tape that restrain businesses and make them less competitive.
But Jackson, who is a logger in northern Maine, called it part of LePage’s “ongoing assault on Maine workers.”