BOSTON (CBS) – Maine Governor Paul LePage, under fire for an obscene voicemail left for another legislator, is also angering people in Massachusetts for a completely different reason.

At a meeting of New England governors in Boston Monday, a reporter asked LePage about the opioid crisis in the region and people bringing drugs from other states into Maine.

“Meth labs arrests are white. They’re Mainers,” LePage told the State House News Service.

“The heroin-fentanyl arrests are not white people. They’re Hispanic and they’re black and they’re from Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts, Waterbury, Connecticut, the Bronx and Brooklyn. So, I didn’t make up the rules, that’s how it turns out. But that’s a fact. It’s a fact. I don’t know what you do, you know. What do you want me to lie?”

That didn’t sit well with Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera.

“We could try to make boogeymen out of people that don’t look like him and some of the people that live in Maine, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to get to work on this together,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Tuesday.

In an interview with WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton, Rivera added that LePage should be working with his neighboring states to try to solve the problem instead of placing blame.

“We’re the New England states. We should be working together. We shouldn’t try to figure out who to point fingers at. At the end of the day it is a national problem,” Rivera said.

Lowell Mayor Ed Kennedy said Maine’s governor should get his facts straight.

“I was not so much surprised given Gov. LePage’s history for making outlandish remarks. But I was angry that he was pointing a finger towards Merrimack Valley. I think the Merrimack Valley is not the source of everyone’s problems and it’s almost ridiculous to put that notion forward,” he told WBZ.

“I was a little bit outraged and surprised. I think it just shows that the governor of Maine is ill-informed on the issue completely and doesn’t have a good understanding of it.”

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said the opioid crisis “doesn’t have boundaries.”

“The opioid crisis is not just a Massachusetts or a Maine crisis it’s a United States of America crisis and this is one area where the New England region may be able to engage the federal government in a collaborative approach to doing something about trafficking and that’s the way I think we should be thinking about it,” he told reporters Tuesday.

LePage said he is considering whether he should finish out his term as governor, but later added any reports of his “political demise are greatly exaggerated.”

Comments (7)
  1. The truth never “sits right” with Corrupt Democrats,

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      But bigotry always sits right with extreme republicans.

  2. fred125 says:

    Maybe Mayor precious little snowflake should go to his safe space, and leave governing to the adults.
    LePage should launch a massive gang and drug crackdown, then public the names and home addresses of those arrested. Then we will see who is right.

  3. zales says:

    I am not sure why so many people get offended of what we know is the truth. I saw “we” know because it is no secret where most of the drugs are coming from. I spent years in the drugs lifestyle which included daily (sometimes multiple times daily) to Lawrence and Lowell to get drugs. In all my years of drug abuse (20 or so) I never bought dope from anyone but Dominicans and Puerto-ricans. It is not racist, it is not exaggerating… it is simply a fact that everyone knows about buying drugs in New England. I have been as far south as NY (and in-between) to buy dope and its was always the same ethnic group.. Does this mean that all Spanish people sell dope? Of course not but it does mean that those that do are mostly Spanish. So lets not pretend to get mad when someone states a fact and in particular the truth about lawrence. Please this city is so full of dope and it is a major trafficking area outside of Boston to al points North.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s