Rally demanding LePage resign or seek help following vulgar voicemail to be held
AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Republican leaders in Augusta met with Governor Paul LePage behind closed doors at the Blaine House Monday. They say the ball is now in the governor's court and it is up to him to decide what to do next.
Lawmakers met to discuss the voicemail the governor left for a Democratic state representative last week.
Democrats say this is well beyond using some vulgarities and Tuesday night they will hold a rally in Capital Park in Augusta, demanding Governor LePage resign or get help.
The Maine Democratic Party chair says they will form a circle around the Blaine house.
Governor LePage sat down with Republican leaders Monday, who say they owed it to the governor to hear him out before making any decision.
The controversy started last week when Governor LePage said 90-percent of drug dealers in Maine are black or Hispanic.
Democratic State Representative Drew Gattine says he called the governor's comments "racially charged."
The governor says he was told Gattine called him a "racist". He then left an explicit voicemail for Gattine, calling him a "son-of-a-(expletive), socialist (expletive)" and challenging him to "prove I'm a racist."
WARNING: Gov. LePage’s message to Rep. Gattine contains obscenities.
Some Republicans have called for an official censure of LePage, but Democrats argue it is not enough.
They say at the very least he needs to seek professional help.
"He continues to believe… the black people are the enemy. This is disturbing stuff. This is someone who is not well,” Sen. Justin Alfond (D), Senate Democratic Leader, said.
"Certainly what the governor did is not acceptable on any level. I think the question is what's the appropriate response to that, both from himself and/or the legislature,” Rep. Ken Fredette (R), House Republican Leader, said.
On Friday, Governor LePage said he has no intentions of resigning.
Republican lawmakers say the ball is now in his court and it is up to him to decide his next move.
Tuesday rally is at 6:30 p.m. at Capitol Park.