BRIDGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Governor Paul LePage is facing criticism again for remarks made Wednesday at one of his town hall meetings.
"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," LePage said. "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."
Some people on social media are calling the remarks "racist."
Others continue to support Governor LePage
Peter Steele, Director of Communications for governor LePage said "The Governor is not making comments about race. Race is irrelevant. What is relevant is 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. His heart goes out to these kids because I had a difficult childhood too. We need to stop the drug traffickers from coming into our state. "
Speaker of the House Mark Eves released a statement late Thursday "Governor LePage should be ashamed. What a terrible example for our children. Now more than ever we need leaders that bring us together to work towards making life better for families, not worse. The Governor's crude comments have no place in Maine or any other decent society."
Ken Alpert, who is the current head of the Bangor Chapter of the NAACP was willing to comment as a private citizen. Mr. Alpert's views are not meant to speak on behalf of his chapter or the NAACP at large. "His remarks are foolish. It stereotypes African Americans as violent and overly sexual. It's idiocy."
NEWS CENTER will update the story as more becomes available.