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LePage Apologizes to Lawmaker Over Voicemail, But Rift Remains

A Democratic state lawmaker received a rare apology from Gov. Paul LePage after the governor left him a profanity-laced and threatening voicemail.

State Rep. Drew Gattine says he appreciates the apology, but he still thinks the governor should resign because he is unable to work collaboratively to address the issues confronting Maine.

“We need a governor who can work with us everyday who can try to solve these problems. I’m concerned that we can’t go ahead for the next two years and continue to be in this constant cycle,” Gattine says. “I’m hearing from constituents all the time that they are concerned that what’s going on in Augusta is not the serious work of government that needs to happen because we have a governor who can’t work with us.”

Gattine’s statement followed a closed-door meeting with LePage held Wednesday.

The governor’s voicemail and subsequent statement in which he fantasized about pistol duel with Gattine have thrust Maine into the national spotlight.

LePage held a short press conference with selected reporters after the meeting, saying he and his family will be seeking spiritual guidance to help put the issue behind them. The governor also said that he did not plan to resign.