Councilor Emery is the only one to suggest assassination as a solution for the opposition. Could Emery's "joke" be considered a threat?
MILLINOCKET, Maine, May 3, 2015 — Westbrook, Maine, town councilor Paul Emery is on the record, thanks to a Portland Press Herald reporter. Emery said, “If [Gov. Paul LePage] goes to meet his maker it wouldn’t hurt my feelings a bit. In some countries, assassination is a political strategy, but unfortunately not here.”
When he learned that the remarks had been recorded on the reporter’s cell phone, Emery attempted to confiscate the phone.
The public meeting in Scarborough, Maine, was attended by local Democrats discussing their tax reform proposal, which would counter LePage’s plan.
The governor’s plan would call for a repeal of the state income tax. Democrats would prefer tax cuts for the middle class.
At first Emery denied he made the remarks, then dismissed them as a joke. Emery later apologized to the Press Herald for his remarks, saying that his behavior was “unacceptable.”
LePage is in his second term and has certainly ruffled some feathers while he’s been in office, but councilor Emery is the only one to suggest assassination as a solution for the opposition.
It’s just another example of pleasant civil discourse to be found on the American political landscape.
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