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Maine governor takes blame for tirade

Posted at 8:59 AM, Aug 30, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he plans to meet with a Democratic lawmaker to make amends for leaving an obscene rant on his voicemail that said, "I am after you."

Speaking on WVOM-FM radio, LePage said Tuesday that his tirade was "unacceptable and totally my fault."

He says he's going to meet with family and close advisers to decide what to do next. He says he hopes Maine residents will forgive him and say, "You clean up your act and let's move forward.'"

LePage had been angry with Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine because he thought Gattine called him a racist. Gattine denies it.

Democratic lawmakers last week warned that LePage was coming unhinged and called for a political intervention with LePage. Some also asked for him to resign.