From the Field Negro, “‘Good ole boys’ are everywhere: Even in Maine“:
I have been to Maine only once in my life. I went in the fall one year and it seemed like a beautiful enough place. But I have to wonder about the folks inhabiting that wonderful part of the country. How could any right minded person elect Paul LePage to be their leader?
“Maine Gov. Paul LePage has constantly ruffled the feathers of the NAACP as he has declined invites from the organization … He called the NAACP a “special interest” group and said that he will “not be held hostage by any special interests.” …
LePage feels that the NAACP is playing the “race card” and has an answer for that one as well.
In his best “I have a black friend” voice, LePage mentioned that his 25-year-old adopted son is black.”
Aha! The black son defense! Of course, white people who adopt children of color additionally gain Racist Kryptonite™! It’s a great two-fer and a wonderful addition to any family.
Well, you know I had to do some poking around after I heard about this black son. There is a group photo on LePage’s website that identifies the people in the picture plus the dog as: “Paul LePage II, Lauren LePage, Paul LePage, Ann LePage, Dog: Baxter, and Devon Raymond who joined Paul’s family like Paul joined other families in his youth. (not pictured daughters Lindsay and Lisa.)”
How did Paul join other families in his youth? Again, according to his website:
The oldest son of eighteen children in an impoverished, dysfunctional family, Paul left home at the age of eleven and lived on the streets of Lewiston for two years, making a meager living shining shoes.
At age thirteen, two families jointly “adopted” Paul. Eddy and Pauline Collins kept him busy washing dishes at the Theriault’s Cafe. Bruce and Joan Myrick kept him busy hauling boxes.
While some news sources have simply reported what LePage apparently told them, the Maine Sunday Telegram reports that LePage’s “son” has not been adopted by LePage:
The LePages met Raymond in Jamaica through his father, who caddied for Paul LePage during an island vacation, according to Demeritt.
Raymond is not a U.S. citizen, nor has he yet been formally adopted by the LePages.
Raymond moved to Waterville and graduated in 2003 from Waterville High School, where he played on the school’s golf team. He attended Husson University — LePage’s alma mater — for a year and a half, playing golf and studying sports management.
He then studied at Grambling State University in Alabama, where he graduated with a degree in kinesiology — the study of human movement — and a minor in sports management.
Raymond thus was in the same state as the LePages for perhaps two and a half years. He now lives in Louisiana. But you wouldn’t know it from LePage’s response:
When the reporter asked Mr. LePage to respond to the suggestion that he had a pattern of slighting the N.A.A.C.P., he replied, “Tell them to kiss my butt,” adding, “If they want to play the race card, come to dinner; my son will talk to them.”
But it’s not enough for Raymond to be LePage’s “son”–he is a charity case as well!
Devon Raymond Jr. came to live with Gov. Paul LePage’s family in August 2002 with nothing but a suitcase, some golfing gear, ill-fitting shoes and a Bible, according to the governor’s office.
(But was he caked in dried diarrhea and did the family have to burn his clothes?)
Anyway, those of you with political aspirations or prone to letting racist statements fly: Get one now before the rush is on.