Paul LePage, conservative Republican governor of Maine first elected in 2010, has always had a confrontational relationship with many in his state, including the media.
Recently, LePage lashed out when stories emerged in state papers and online that he was planning to take a vacation during a recent state budget impasse. The governor characterized the state media as “vile,” “useless” and “inaccurate” in reporting the story.
State media reported the governor’s plans based off sources throughout state government, including Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau and Sen. Roger Katz, whom both said on the record that LePage told them he was planning to leave the state.
LePage replied through a spokesman the story was “fake news.”
In an interview with WGAN-AM Thursday, LePage stated:
“I just love to sit in my office and make up ways so they’ll write these stupid stories, because they are just so stupid. It’s awful.”
LePage later repeated his disdain for the press, saying “the sooner the print press goes away, the better society will be.”