Maine governor unleashes obscene tirade on voicemail

FILE - Maine Gov. Paul LePage. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has unleashed an obscene tirade on a Democratic legislator, leaving him a message that said "I am after you" and telling reporters he wished he could point a gun between the legislator's eyes.

The voicemail, which contains obscenities, was posted online at the Portland Press Herald's website

Below is a transcript of the voicemail.

“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage. I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you (expletive). I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-(expletive), socialist (expletive). You. I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”

Rep. Drew Gattine told The Associated Press that LePage sounded unhinged in the Thursday morning voicemail.

Gattine has denied calling LePage a racist.

LePage was accused of making racially insensitive comments at a town hall in North Berwick, Maine, on Wednesday, when he said most of the drug dealers arrested in the state are black or Hispanic.

House and Senate Democrats on Friday questioned LePage's capacity to lead.

LePage's office didn't immediately comment.

With the Associated Press