Say you’re one of the least popular governors in the country. Say the local papers have run several unflattering reports about conflicts of interest among your staffers. Say someone at a publicity event gives you an open-ended question while you’re sitting in a fighter jet simulator. What would you say?
Here’s a hint: do NOT say that you’d like to “blow up” the Portland Press Herald’s offices.
Maine Governor Paul LePage is a proudly outspoken political figure taken to insulting his opponents with crude sexual comments and telling students that newspapers are his “biggest fear”; political advisors call that “red meat for the base,” but we wonder about the wisdom of his media relations strategy.
@PressHerald Threatened? It was a joke, folks!
— Paul R. LePage (@Governor_LePage) August 9, 2013
Well, duh. But it won’t win you any of the new fans you need for re-election.