“I’d like him to come up here because, tell you right now, I wish it were 1825,” he reportedly said. “We would have a duel, that’s how angry I am, and I would not put my gun in the air, I guarantee you, I would not be Hamilton. I would point it right between his eyes, because he is a snot-nosed little runt and he has not done a damn thing since he’s been in this Legislature to help move the state forward.”
Rep. Gattine has bravely criticized the governor for his so-called welfare reform programs, but never called LePage racist.
“Governor LePage’s direct threat against Rep. Gattine is both erratic and disturbing, and he is clearly unfit to lead our state. Not only did the governor blatantly say he would take violent action against a sitting lawmaker, he also twice invoked a homophobic slur to drive home his point. Those reckless remarks may incite others to violence. Our primary concern right now is for the security and well-being of Rep. Gattine and his family. Paul LePage is an increasingly menacing figure who does not reflect the values of our state," said Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett.
Rep. Gattine has been a strong supporter for workers rights and welfare support, as well as for the environment and creating jobs.
"His comments about people of color and his obscene diatribe against Rep. Gattine — not to mention the stated fantasies about killing him — are unbecoming of the office of the governor. And they raise serious questions about his temperament and capacity to lead” wrote Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond, and Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dawn Hill in a joint press release.
Questions of the governor's mental stability have arisen from this and other incidents.
Many are asking what can be done, as LePage does not reflect the majority of people living in Maine.
"It's very simple for the better of the State of Maine -- he needs to resign and resign immediately. He's lost any credibility to continue in office," said former Bangor Mayor, and current Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci.