This piece originally appeared in the Bangor Daily News. 

By now we’ve all heard or read the latest comment from Maine’s governor. While speaking in Bridgton about Maine’s drug problem he referred to drug traffickers this way:

“These are guys with the name Dee Money, Smoothie, Shifty. They come up here, they sell their heroin, then they go back home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue that we got to deal with down the road.”

Gov. Paul LePage’s statement is troubling for many reasons, not the least of which are the cavalier way in which he uses racist language without fear of repercussion and his willingness to tell lies to promote his agenda. Continue reading...