Maine’s new governor clashes with NAACP

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Gov. Paul LePage of Maine said Friday that the state’s N.A.A.C.P. leaders could “kiss my butt” after they questioned his decision not to attend Martin Luther King Day events in Bangor and Portland.

The remark by Mr. LePage, a newly elected Republican, came after The Portland Press Herald reported Friday that the N.A.A.C.P. felt increasingly slighted by him. Leaders of the group’s Maine chapters told the newspaper that Mr. LePage had declined several invitations from them in recent months and questioned whether he would look out for their interests.

Asked to respond Friday, Mr. LePage – who gained a reputation for combativeness on the campaign trail – said he merely had scheduling conflicts. He also said the N.A.A.C.P. officials should “look at my family picture,” pointing out that he had an adopted son who was black.

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