Stephen King Responds.


Yesterday, I posted about the extraordinarily racist governor of Maine: “You Shoot the Enemy.” Guess Who the Enemy Is? – and Stephen King, a very famous Maine resident, has responded.

“Our governor, Paul LePage, is a bigot, a homophobe, and a racist. I think that about covers it,” King tweeted.

LePage made news this week for claiming that most drug dealers are black or Hispanic, and then calling a lawmaker who criticized his comments a “son-of-a-bitch socialist c*cksucker.” The incident provoked Maine’s largest newspaper to apologizing on behalf of the state for electing LePage.

It looks like LePage has pretty much the whole state cringing in embarrassment.

This is not the first time that King, who lives in Maine, has criticized his state’s Tea Party governor.

“One must admit LePage has elevated assholery to a level far past the extraordinary and into a rarified sphere that might be termed divine,” King said in January after LePage complained that urban drug dealers named “D-Money” were coming to Maine and impregnating “young, white girls.”

Then, in March, he said LePage was “full of the stuff that makes the grass grow green” for claiming he had moved out of the state to avoid taxes. “Tabby and I pay every cent of our Maine state income taxes, and are glad to do it,” King continued. “We feel, as Governor LePage apparently does not, that much is owed from those to whom much has been given. We see our taxes as a way of paying back the state that has given us so much. State taxes pay for state services. There’s just no way around it. Governor LePage needs to remember there ain’t no free lunch.”

It’s a genuine pity LePage will not be out of office until 2019. I think perhaps people of Maine should look to possible ways to boot LePage now.

Via Raw Story.


  1. says

    I think perhaps people of Maine should look to possible ways to boot LePage now.

    You’re not talking about one of those 2nd amendment things, I hope?

  2. schini says

    I’m a bit confused; did I get that correctly: the governor of Maine does not officially live in Maine? and (really?) the stated reason is to avoid paying taxes in Maine?

    (not from the US)

  3. says


    Unfortunately, Maine isn’t one of the states that allow recall elections for state officials.

    It might be time for Mainers to change that.

  4. kestrel says

    @#3 schini: I think what King is saying is that the governor made the claim that **King** moved out of the state to avoid paying taxes. And King is responding by saying no, he pays every cent of the taxes owed and is glad to do it.

    Not that LePage doesn’t have options to choose from for not paying *his* taxes. But at this point I have no idea if he pays them or not.

  5. Saad says

    It’s really weird that we have a system where a cashier can get fired immediately for openly making bigoted remarks while at the job but a person put in charge of running a state’s job is perfectly safe despite flagrant racism. And a cashier’s job isn’t as effected by their racist views as a governor’s duties are.

  6. Patricia Phillips says

    @2RobGrigjanis -- thanks for that, I was wondering if it was possible to recall a governor in ME. And to think ME is stuck with this yahoo until 2019!!

    I wonder of LePage will now leave in angry voicemail for Stephen King, like he did for that state rep….

  7. blf says

    This “batshit fundie denialist who has been given a position of power” has, unsurprisingly, an entry in the Encyclopedia of American Loons:

    #872: Paul LePage

    Paul LePage is the Republican governor of Maine since 2011, and quite clearly not entirely well hinged. He is, perhaps, most famous for a somewhat shady past and his behavior toward journalists who attempt to inquire into some of the more legally questionable parts of his past […]. Of course, dismissals of e.g. environmental concerns on the grounds of not having the faintest clue about what he is talking about are staple fare for LePage. Blasting global warming as a scam, LePage has promised to lay waste to the state’s environmental regulations in general […]

    It was, for instance, LePage’s tea party supporters who changed the Maine Republican party platform to include calls to discard political correctness, investigate collusion between government and industry in the global warming myth (the mind boggles), repeal and prohibit participation in any effort to establish a one world government, and return to Austrian-style economics. [“return to”? That horseshit has never been tried, as far as I know –blf] To underscore his commitment to wingnuttery one of the first things LePage announced as governor was a decision to rename conference halls previously named after central labor rights persons and artwork depicting them in anything but a negative light.


    Also suffers from Obama Derangement Syndrome.

  8. tkreacher says

    Saad #7

    Yes, that really is incredible, isn’t it?

    If there were a single cell phone video of a cashier saying, verbatim, any number of thing LePage has said it would be less than 24 hours before they were fired and the establishment released a letter of apology.

    LePage, however, is free to govern over the lives and well-being of minorities, despite.

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