Report: LePage walks out of UMF ceremony in response to protesters

Gov. Paul LePage reportedly walked out of a building dedication ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the University of Maine at Farmington in response to protesters, according to the Waterville Morning Sentinel.

The newspaper reported that LePage had just started his address when some members of the audience held up some signs, one of which read “LePage Maine’s Shame.”

Check out this video by James Corcoran, a UMF art and digital media major who owns 26 North Productions:

“Thank you, you idiots out back there with the signs,” LePage reportedly said as he walked out of the event, which celebrated the opening of the university’s new Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center.

LePage has encountered small numbers of protesters on a regular basis during the series of mostly weekly town hall meetings he is conducting across Maine. In a couple of instances, such as during a February appearance in Waldoboro, he has verbally threatened to end a meeting, but hasn’t. For the most part the governor’s staff asks the protesters to leave if they become too disruptive and LePage usually responds to their protests about a given topic by explaining his views.

LePage’s next town hall meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Great Salt Bay Community School on Main Street in Damariscotta.

Christopher Cousins

About Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.