Maine Governor Paul LePage says he won’t quit

FILE- In this June 7, 2016, file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage attends an opioid abuse conference in Boston. LePage is being accused again of making racially insensitive comments, this time by saying photos he's collected in a binder of drug dealers arrested in the state show more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic. The governor made the remark at a town hall in North Berwick, Maine, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
Michael Dwyer/AP
Maine Governor Paul LePage.

Well, that’s that.

“I will not resign,” Governor Paul LePage of Maine said Wednesday morning, a day after he had floated that possibility in a radio interview.

The combative governor made the declaration after meeting with Drew Gattine, the Democratic state representative whom he had berated in an obscenity-laced voice-mail message and mused about shooting between the eyes in a duel.


Facing calls to step down from Democrats, and pressure to take “corrective action” from fellow Republicans, LePage announced that he would seek “spiritual guidance” with his wife and children.

Get Metro Headlines in your inbox:
The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

But he said he would not seek “professional help” as Democrats had been urging him to do.

“I’m not an alcoholic and I’m not a drug addict and I don’t have mental issues,” LePage said. “What I have is a backbone, and I want to move Maine forward.”

Speaking to reporters, LePage vowed that he would never again speak to the media, whom he accused of stoking controversies.

“I will no longer speak to the press ever again after today,” he said.


“And I’m serious. Everything will be put into writing. I’m tired of being caught in the gotcha moments.”

House Speaker Mark Eves, a Democrat, said after LePage’s meeting with Gattine that the governor needs to resign.

“This has never been about an apology for the governor’s profane and threatening voice message,” Eves said. “By his continued erratic behavior Governor LePage has proven again he is unfit to serve as Maine’s governor.”

Michael Levenson can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @mlevenson.