Super Stupid

Paul LePage: I Am a Liar

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The state of Maine experienced a three-day government shutdown last week and, during the turmoil, Governor Paul LePage privately told state lawmakers that he was going to leave the state while they sort things out.

Naturally, word of LePage's inappropriately-timed vacation reached the local press which reported on it. But LePage did not leave the state and he was apparently never planning to.

According to LePage himself, he makes shit up to discredit the press.

“I just love to sit in my office and make up ways so they’ll write these stupid stories because they are just so stupid, it’s awful,” he told WGAN-AM on Thursday.

You know, conspiring to discredit the press probably works better when you don't disclose your malevolent plan like a low-rent comic book supervillain.

I'm sure it also works better when you don't leave voice mail.

Responding to a Freedom of Access Act request, the Senate Republican office produced a voicemail Thursday in which the governor is heard telling [Sen. Roger Katz ], “I’m heading out of town for about 10 days and I’d like to speak to you before I leave. So could you give me a call please? Thank you.”

A LePage spokesman called the news reports “fake news.”

New Jersey also experienced a government shutdown last week. Here's how that turned out.

  • ninjaf

    “I just love to sit in my office and make up ways so they’ll write these stupid stories…”

    Maybe this is why Republicans are so bad at governing? Perhaps if they would, instead, spend their time in their offices trying to get something done for constituents they might see better results from their tenure?

  • Aynwrong

    “I just love to sit in my office and make up ways so they’ll write these stupid stories…

    This is what goes through the *ahem* mind of an incumbent Republican governor. It is it any wonder that red states are now so reliably the home of crisis after crisis generated at the top? Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey. If Maine gets through without some disaster nearly destroying the state it’ll be a miracle.

  • Draxiar

    So he says it, they report it, and then he doesn’t do it just so he can mess with them. The only thing he’s accomplishing is confirming his fucking stupidity and junior high school tactics.

    • ninjaf

      Yeah, I don’t see how this makes the media look bad in any way.

  • muselet

    Newt Gingrich was famously described as “a stupid man’s idea of what a smart person sounds like” (by Paul Krugman, who should never have to pay for his drinks ever again because of that barb, even if it wasn’t original).

    Paul LePage is a stupid person’s idea of a competent governor.