After Maine tea party activists rewrote the state GOP’s platform this Spring to demand the abolition of the Department of Education and the Federal Reserve — vandalizing a classroom in the process — they helped Waterville Mayor Paul LePage clinch the GOP nomination for governor. (He would later deny courting tea party support, despite numerous videos of him courting tea party support.) LePage, an accumulator of a startling number of traffic violations, is known for his short temper. He wants to tell President Obama to “go to hell,” and “jokingly” said he was “about ready to punch” a reporter in the face — that after telling a different reporter to “stop the bull sh*t.” He has also called for Maine’s public schools to emulate its private ones, which he noted have “brought their math scores way up because they bring kids from the, from Asia.”
Now, Maine progressive blog Dirigo Blue highlights a video of LePage from 2009 in which he took a shot at the state he is now trying to govern for having too many taxes. The taxed item that rubbed LePage the wrong way? Bull semen:
LEPAGE: I don’t know if you know this, but the State of Maine is the only state in the United States of America that charges sales tax on bull semen. You hear that? Bull semen. The only place in the United States of America — this state.
LePage received a warm round of applause from the audience at the state GOP forum where he made the remarks, but as Dirigo Blue points out, Maine in fact exempts bull semen from its sales tax, and has done so since 2005. LePage: “wrong on bull semen,” the blog writes.
Speaking in Bangor yesterday, LePage “tried out a new conciliatory tone.” “There’s been a lot of distractions the past few weeks, and quite frankly, I take a lot of the blame for that,” he said. However, LePage quickly pivoted back to offense, saying, “I would rather put my foot in my mouth than have [Democratic nominee] Libby Mitchell with her hands in your pockets.”
Asked at a candidate forum at the University of Maine yesterday whether he thought global warming is a myth, LePage said no, but “I just don’t know how severe it is and I’m not sure how much we as human beings contribute to it,” saying that “scientists are divided on it.”