Rachael Maddow, along with the rest of the nation’s media outlets, quickly picked up Governor LePage’s most obscene and vulgar comments to date when on Thursday he personally attacked State Senator and assistant majority leader Troy Jackson, then followed up by insulting loggers and the people of northern Maine.

LePage’s comments came after Jackson told reporters that the Governor’s claims that legislative leaders have refused to talk to him about the biennial budget were “delusional” and “inaccurate”.  LePage stated that Senator Jackson “claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”   He added, “People like Troy Jackson, they ought to go back into the woods and cut trees and let someone with a brain come down here and do some good work”.

In contrast Jackson, a logger by trade, let the criticism roll off his back.

“I don’t think I have a black heart; most people know I have a good heart,” Jackson said Thursday afternoon. “I don’t have any problem with anyone saying anything about what I stand for. He can say whatever he wants; I just think it’s inappropriate the way he said it. We can be disagreeable without making nasty comments like that.”

“I don’t know if it’s where I’m from or the way I speak or something, but it comes up that maybe I’m not the smartest guy,” said Jackson. “I don’t know if I am or not. Maybe I am the country bumpkin, but that doesn’t bother me. What’s in my heart is good and I feel comfortable about that. I’ll go back in the woods any time I have to. That’s where I made my name in my district. … I feel comfortable that my district supports that.”

LePage later issued the standard he was sorry-if-anyone-was-offended non-apology, but he did not apologize  directly to Senator Jackson.

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