Maine governor’s explosive joke

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(CNN) — Maine’s Republican governor is making headlines again for his sense of humor.

Paul LePage, who used a crude sexual reference to describe a Democratic state lawmaker in June, joked Friday he wanted to blow up the headquarters of the Portland Press Herald, one of his state’s most-read newspapers.

Sitting in a flight simulator, LePage was asked where he wanted to fly to.

“I want to find the Portland Press Herald building and blow it up,” he replied, according to video posted on the website of another Maine newspaper, the Bangor Daily News.

Later, LePage explained on Twitter he was making a joke.

The Republican governor has long had a fraught history with newspapers in his state – he said at one point that members of his administration were banned from talking to reporters from the Portland Press Herald, though the newspaper reported Friday that he never enforced his edict.

The husband of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, owns a majority share of the Press Herald, along with other newspapers in the state.

Earlier this summer, LePage drew headlines when he alleged a Democratic state lawmaker “claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”

After initially walking away, LePage returned to further explain his remark.

“That comment is not politically correct but we’ve got to understand who this man is,” he said. “This man is a bad person. He doesn’t only have no brains, he has a black heart.”

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