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Candidate for U.S. Senate trades barbs with Gov. LePage in Lewiston

Zak Ringelstein and Governor LePage traded pointed comments Monday at the grand opening of Journey House, a new sober living facility in Lewiston. (WGME)

LEWISTON (WGME) -- A 2018 Senate candidate traded barbs with Governor Paul LePage at a ribbon cutting in Lewiston.

Zak Ringelstein and Governor LePage traded pointed comments Monday at the grand opening of Journey House, a new sober living facility in Lewiston.

The Senate candidate was talking about opioid addiction in Maine when he took the conversation in a new direction, and then the governor fired back.

“We had 418 Mainers die of opioid overdoses last year alone. Obviously, it's important for me to mention. You know honestly Governor LePage, you belong in jail way more than anybody who is struggling with addiction,” Ringelstein said.

"I find it very offensive to say I belong in jail to a candidate for the US Congress. You will lose, and you will lose badly, thank God. We don't need you in Washington,” Governor LePage said.

Ringelstein says the governor's position on Narcan prompted his comments.

Ringelstein, a Democrat, and Republican Eric Brakey are challenging Senator Angus King this fall.

In a statement, Brakey said, "Governor LePage is a strong leader who always tries to put Maine first. Ringelstein would do better to focus his frustration on Angus King."

CBS 13 reached out to Senator King as well, but haven't heard back.

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