Maine's controversial Republican governor, Paul LePage, said Wednesday night that out-of-state drug traffickers with names like "D-Money" often "impregnate a young white girl" while in the state to sell heroin.
"These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty … these types of guys … they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home," LePage said, according to the Portland Press Herald. "Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road."
He's swiftly coming under fire for the racially-charged remark.
Peter Steele, the governor's spokesman, said in a statement that LePage was "not making comments about race."
"The Governor is not making comments about race. Race is irrelevant," he said. "What is relevant is the cost to state taxpayers for welfare and the emotional costs for these kids who are born as a result of involvement with drug traffickers. His heart goes out to these kids because he had a difficult childhood too. We need to stop the drug traffickers from coming into our state."
LePage is no stranger to controversial comments. He has compared the IRS to the Gestapo and suggested that President Barack Obama "go to hell." He also denied reports that he once told a told a crowd that Obama "hates white people."
He's also facing an impeachment threat from some in the state legislature over charges of abuse of power. As of late last year, his approval rating in the state was only at about 32 percent.
By Carrie Dann - NBC/Jan. 7, 2016