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Maine governor says he plans to seek ‘spiritual guidance’

People clap during speeches at a rally to protest recent remarks by Maine Gov. Paul LePage in Capital Park in Augusta, Maine, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. Amid political pressure and calls for his resignation, Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday suggested that he might be considering stepping aside but seemed to reject the idea entirely hours later in a tweet, saying, "The reports of my political demise are greatly exaggerated." (Joe Phelan/The Kennebec Journal via AP)

People clap during speeches at a rally to protest recent remarks by Maine Gov. Paul LePage in Capital Park in Augusta, Maine, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. Amid political pressure and calls for his resignation, Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday suggested that he might be considering stepping aside but seemed to reject the idea entirely hours later in a tweet, saying, “The reports of my political demise are greatly exaggerated.” (Joe Phelan/The Kennebec Journal via AP)

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest on fallout from GOP Gov. Paul LePage’s obscenity-laced tirade against a Democratic legislator (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has met with a Democratic lawmaker to apologize for leaving an obscene rant on his voicemail and for making a comment about aiming a gun between his eyes.

Rep. Drew Gattine (gah-TEEN’) said Wednesday, Aug. 24th, that despite the apology he thinks LePage should no longer serve as governor.

LePage concluded his voicemail by saying “I am after you” and then told reporters he wished he could go back in time so he could challenge Gattine to a duel and point a gun “right between his eyes.”

LePage said he was angry because Gattine called him a racist, something Gattine has denied.

LePage has stood by his comments that started the controversy. He has said repeatedly blacks and Hispanics are responsible for fueling Maine’s heroin epidemic.

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10:15 a.m.

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he and his family will seek “spiritual guidance” after he created a controversy by leaving an obscene rant on a Democratic lawmaker’s voicemail and said he’d like to point a gun between the lawmaker’s eyes.

LePage met with the lawmaker Wednesday, Aug. 24th, to apologize personally for his behavior last week.

Some legislators had called for the governor to seek help, and LePage responded Wednesday, Aug. 24th, by saying he was seeking “spiritual guidance” in finding closure.

In a statement, his wife said the family recognizes “the grace and guidance from God can make us stronger in life.”

LePage said he was angry because state Rep. Drew Gattine called him a racist, something Gattine has denied. LePage has said repeatedly blacks and Hispanics are responsible for fueling Maine’s heroin epidemic.

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11 a.m.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is rejecting some lawmakers’ assertions that he has addiction or mental healthissues and is vowing that he won’t resign.

Addressing a handful of reporters Wednesday, Aug. 24th, the Republican said he’s not an alcoholic or drug addict and doesn’t “have mental issues.”

LePage says he plans to seek “spiritual guidance” in hopes of quieting a controversy he created when he left an obscene message on a Democratic lawmaker’s voicemail and then said he wished he could challenge him to a duel and point a gun at him.

But he also blamed the media for fueling the controversy and said he won’t be speaking to reporters anymore.

LePage apologized to the lawmaker earlier Wednesday, Aug. 24th. He said he was angry because state Rep. Drew Gattine called him a racist, something Gattine has denied.

 

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