Maine Gov.: 'Guys named D-Money, Smoothie & Shifty impregnate young white girls!’

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Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage made the outlandish and ludicrous claim that out-of-state drug dealers from NYC and Connecticut are knocking up “young white” girls and causing problems in his state.
Black America Web reports:

LePage, talking about Maine’s heroin epidemic, described out-of-state drug dealers as “guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” and said “half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave.”
LePage, who’s white, didn’t describe the races of the drug dealers on Wednesday during a town meeting in Bridgton, and a spokesman said Thursday he wasn’t making a comment about race.
But moderate Republican and LePage critic Lance Dutson, who called attention to the remark, said the governor was playing to people’s racial fears.
“This is one of the most blatantly racist statements he’s ever made,” said Dutson, a former CEO of the conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center who helped create the GOP group Get Right Maine to combat extremism. “One of the things that’s offensive about it is that it’s reminiscent of this fearmongering in American history that people would like to think is long gone.”
The president of the NAACP’s Bangor chapter, Michael Alpert, said the governor’s comments were “sad” and “foolish.”
LePage’s chief of communications, Peter Steele, insisted the governor wasn’t talking about race when he made the comment.
“Race is irrelevant,” Steele said via email. “What is relevant is the cost to state taxpayers for welfare and the emotional costs for these kids who are born as a result of involvement with drug traffickers. His heart goes out to these kids because he had a difficult childhood, too. We need to stop the drug traffickers from coming into our state.”
LePage is known for speaking his mind, and it sometimes gets him into trouble. He said on the campaign trail that he’d tell President Barack Obama to “go to hell,” and then soon after he was elected to his first term he told the Portland chapter of the NAACP to “kiss my butt.”

 The blowback from his thoughtless, imbecilic statements was so intense that LePage was forced to host a press conference to offer a weak mea culpa, Yahoo.com reports:
“I was going impromptu, and my brain didn’t catch up to my mouth. Instead of ‘Maine women,’ I said ‘white women,'” said LePage, who’s white. He noted that, according to the census, Maine is the nation’s whitest state.
The refused to apologize to the women of Maine, however, because he said Maine is 95 percent white. He then tried to turn the tables from his own faux pas:
He told the assembled reporters: “Get your heads out of the sand, please.” He added: “I probably couldn’t get so many of you here without saying something foolish.”

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