Bay State officials rebuke Paul LePage as Maine governor scrambles to tamp down racial controversy

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Leaders in Lowell and Lawrence are blasting Maine Gov. Paul LePage after the controversial Republican put some of the blame for his state’s opioid epidemic on black and Hispanic drug dealers from both Merrimack Valley cities, as well as cities in Connecticut and New York.

The fresh criticism of the Maine governor comes as LePage may be reconsidering his political future, including the possibility of resigning less than two years after he was reelected to a second term. LePage told a local Maine radio station WVOM Tuesday morning, Aug. 30, that he met with Maine House and Senate Republicans on Monday night after leaving a conference in Boston to discuss his next steps.

Paul LePage, Maine governor

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Paul LePage, Maine governor

“I’m looking at all options,” Lepage told the Bangor, Maine, talk radio station. “I think some things I’ve been asked to do are beyond my ability. I’m not going to say that I’m not going to finish it. I’m not saying that I am going to finish it.” He later added, “If I’ve lost my ability to help Maine people, maybe it’s time to move on.”

He subsequently went on Twitter and posted: “Regarding rumors of resignation, to paraphrase Mark Twain: ‘The reports of my political demise are greatly exaggerated.'”

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