Mural depicts Maine governor as Klansman,
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[September 08, 2016]
(Reuters) - A graffiti artist
lampooned Maine Governor Paul LePage in a mural depicting the two-term
Republican wearing a Ku Klux Klan cape and hood, two weeks after he left
a profane voicemail for a Democratic lawmaker he believed had called him
The mural, which appeared over the weekend in Portland on a wall where
graffiti is allowed by law, has been repainted to remove the reference
to the white supremacist group, with the hood replaced with Mickey Mouse
ears and a new caption "no hate" joining the existing "racist homophobe
moron governor," in which the word "governor" was struck through.
Lawmakers from both parties last week contemplated calling a special
session to rebuke LePage, whose term extends through 2018, for the
message, in which he called a lawmaker a "little son-of-a-bitch,
That effort collapsed with the two sides unable to agree on the details
of how long the special session would last or what its precise
objectives were, with Democrats calling for impeachment, further than
Republicans were willing to go.
"I think it was a lot of work but I think a lot of people are pretty
upset about how things are going," Falmouth resident Emily Hickey told
Maine CBS affiliate WGME as she viewed the mural.
Tom Poulin, of Oakland, Maine, said he believed the painting was in poor
"You can have your personal thoughts about somebody but to say them like
that is a little ridiculous," he told WGME.
Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling, a Democrat, said on Twitter that he had
asked city officials to take down the mural.
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Maine Governor Paul LePage speaks at the 23rd Annual Energy Trade &
Technology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, November 13, 2015.
REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl/File Photo
"As much as we are all infuriated by the governor's statements,
equating his language to the systemic terrorism and murder Grand
Wizards inflicted upon African Americans (and Catholics) trivializes
the KKK," Strimling said.
A spokeswoman for LePage did not immediately respond to a request
LePage has faced a flurry of criticism over the past two weeks for
saying that members of minority groups from out of state were
responsible for the lion's share of the heroin trade in Maine. He
drew further criticism after the widely circulated voicemail.
(Reporting by WGME via Reuters Video News; Writing by Scott Malone;
Editing by James Dalgleish)
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