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  •  I'm from the Waterville (11+ / 0-)

    where he was mayor.  This is nothing new.  What is new is now his mouthing off gets reported.  
    He likes to say outrageous things.
    What really bothers me about it is that he had so little care for the impact on his son, a young black man raised in a white family in a very white state. To say that and not consider that there are very real racial issues his child experiences shows that he can not get out of conservative ideology for even a minute to consider the feelings of someone he cares about.
    That phenomena is often where the rubber meets the road for me with Republicans.  Same with Palin-- who accepted the VP nomination when she knew her teenage daughter was pregnant.  Both of them could have done the right thing and been there in a constructive way for their children, but politics came first.  Selfish-- the essence of contemporary Republicans.

    •  The issue of his "son" used to deflect (11+ / 0-)

      any questions about his policies is pretty shabby.

      From Maine Public Broadcasting

      LePage often refers to 25-year-old Devon Raymond of Jamaica as his "adopted son." And although the governor and his wife are putting Raymond through college, and Raymond has attended LePage family gatherings with the LePage's other children on a regular basis since the age of 17, Raymond has not been formally adopted. He is also not a U.S. citizen.

      The governor's critics say bringing Raymond into the conversation is inappropriate. "It's absolute cover for racism. I mean, I pity those children," says Wells Staley Mays, a community organizer with Peace Action Maine who also serves on the executive committee of the Portland chapter of the NAACP. "If you can imagine that the environment at home is anything like the environment that he is expressing politically, I pity those children."

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 07:19:31 AM PST

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      •  thanks. proves my point. (3+ / 0-)
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        Selfish.  And I'm going to be kind here.  I'm gonna give him the benefit of the doubt that he cares for this young man and not make accusations.  However, to revel in making controversy about an issue that is likely an issue for your child, therefore making a spectacle of them...when they didn't sign up for that is selfish.  It is just done to gain political points, in this case, with his tea party base. It is just done for his own benefit, his political benefit.  
        ...Same with Palin.  I will never take Republicans seriously as party until they can stop this.  Governing is a public service...for the public.  It means to serve others, not just themselves or their supporters.  

    •  Your hometown area paper has it on the (3+ / 0-)
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      frontpage online:

      Was reading the comments.

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 07:33:30 AM PST

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      •  yeah, just read it. (3+ / 0-)
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        Too bad when he was our mayor, they rarely reported on his behavior.  I've sat in city council meetings where he has made grown men cry just because he was being mean.  Never. Got. Reported.  
        My first thought this morning when I read the headline in the Morning Sentinel was this:  Did I wake up in a different universe where this paper is going to actually...ya what LePage actually says?

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