Well that's a little intemperate on MLK Day! 

Maine Gov. Paul LePage initially said he was not interested in going to his local NAACP's Martin Luther King Day events.

"Tell them to kiss my butt," LePage told a reporter in Augusta.

Why, governor! LePage, a newly-elected Republican who came to office with tea party support, called the civil rights organization a special interest, and said he had scheduling conflicts. 

LePage, a businessman and former mayor of Waterville, is noted for a certain flinty outspokenness. During his campaign, LePage, no fan of government despite his leadership role in it, promised to tell President Obama "to go to hell." Of course, this pre-dated The New Civility. From Politico:

LePage told the Associated Press that he regretted his choice of words, but he stood behind the sentiment. 

This morning, LePage relented on the NAACP thing and turned up at a community breakfast in Waterville.

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