“Black people come up the highway and they kill Mainers.”

“Black people come up the highway and they kill Mainers.”

This is a direct quote from Governor Paul LePage.

“This is Gov. Paul Richard LePage. I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you cocksucker.”

That, too, is a direct quote from Governor Paul LePage.

“And we would have a duel, that’s how angry I am, and I would not put my gun in the air, I guarantee you, I would not be Hamilton. I would point it right between his eyes, because he is a snot-nosed little runt and he has not done a damn thing since he’s been in this Legislature to help move the state forward.”

Again, a direct quote from Governor Paul LePage.

All of these statements have come openly from the governor over the last 24 hours.

Enough is enough. As Republicans, we need to put an end to this. It is up to our own party to finally draw a line in the sand and stop this out-of-control governor from further disgracing our state.

Unfortunately, too many in the Maine Republican Party have stood silent while LePage has run wild. When he told a room full of Republicans that “President Obama doesn’t like white people”, too many good Republicans stood silent. When LePage told America that black men are coming to Maine to sell drugs and impregnate white women, too many good Republicans stood silent. When LePage encouraged Mainers to shoot drug dealers, too many good Republicans stood silent. And just this past week, as LePage attacked the family of a US soldier killed in Iraq, calling Cpt. Kahn’s father a “con artist”, Maine Republicans were silent.

Now LePage has upped the ante. He’s inciting a race war, trying to make Mainers fearful that people of color are coming to Maine to kill us. How on earth did it come to this? And to make matters worse, he’s telling the press he would like to shoot a member of the legislature right between the eyes. This has gone way, way too far.

As Maine Republicans, we have a model for how to deal with things like this. Margaret Chase Smith stood up on the floor of the US Senate against an out-of-control Joseph McCarthy. William Cohen cast a crucial vote against a Republican president that allowed impeachment to proceed against Richard Nixon. More recently, we heard a fellow Maine Republican say this:

“Rejecting the conventions of political correctness is different from showing complete disregard for common decency.”

That was Senator Susan Collins, in her op-ed condemning Donald Trump for his outrageous conduct as the Republican presidential nominee. Collins was right, and her courage in standing up to the Republican nominee will go down as yet another example of the character of Maine Republicans.

The examples of these true Maine Republican statesmen and stateswomen should inform our conduct now. In the face of cruel and despicable statements by this governor, Maine Republicans need to speak up. We have reached a point of outright racism and indignity that is unacceptable.

As Republicans we need to ask ourselves this question: Is this the party of Lincoln, Chamberlain, Smith, Cohen, and Collins, or is it the party of McCarthy, Nixon and LePage?

In just this last week, this governor has attacked a fallen soldier’s family, is engaging in outright racism, and has told the press he wants to murder a state legislator.

We urge you to speak out.