Maine Gov. Paul LePage Says Resignation Rumors 'Greatly Exaggerated'
Comes in the wake of his voicemail scandal.
— -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage repurposed a famous Mark Twain quote to help dispel rumors that he is resigning after a voicemail where he is heard yelling at a Vermont lawmaker was released to the public.
"Regarding rumors of resignation, to paraphrase Mark Twain: 'The reports of my political demise are greatly exaggerated,'" LePage posted on Twitter today.
The clarification comes as LePage suggested that he may consider resigning.
"I’m looking at all options," LePage said during an interview with local radio station WVOM when directly asked if he would finish out his term.
"I think some things I’ve been asked to do are beyond my ability," he said. "I’m not going to say that I’m not going to finish it. I’m not saying that I am going to finish it. What I'm going to do right now is I'm taking one step at a time."
"Do I still have a lot of juice and a lot of energy to get rid of some of the problems? ... Yes," LePage said.
Maine does not have a lieutenant governor, so if LePage were to step down, the president of the state's senate, Republican Michael Thibodeau, would take over.
LePage, who is in his second term as the state's Republican governor, apologized for the voicemail that he left for Rep. Drew Gattine which critics deemed "racially charged."