Maine Gov. Paul LePage: Drug Dealers Named 'D-Money' Bring Heroin To State, Impregnate White Girls

By McCarton Ackerman 01/11/16

Once again, Maine's ridiculous governor proves he's not serious about fighting addiction in his state.

Paul Lepage
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage raised plenty of eyebrows last Wednesday with his racist comments about how heroin makes its way into the state.

During a town hall in Bridgton, the Republican suggested that drug dealers named “D-Money” made their way into the state with heroin from other parts of the east coast, then made sure to impregnate white women before they left. His remarks to a stunned audience quickly made their way onto YouTube and drew plenty of backlash.

"These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty, these types of guys, they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home," said LePage. "Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road."

Author Stephen King was the biggest name to jump into the fray. He tweeted Friday that LePage was “once more showing his sensitivity and intelligence.” He then added that “one must admit LePage has elevated assholery to a level far past the extraordinary and into a rarified sphere that might be termed divine.”

A LePage spokesperson insisted in a statement to ABC News that “race is irrelevant” in the point that the governor was trying to get across. They said that the issues at hand are "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.”

For his part, the governor issued a sorry-but-not-sorry apology on Thursday. He acknowledged that “my brain didn’t catch up with my mouth,” but then claimed that all he had to apologize for was “instead of saying Maine women, I said white women.” LePage then added that he wouldn’t apologize to women in the state for the comment because “we’re 95% white.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.