LePage jokingly targets newspaper in jet fighter simulator

Gov.  Paul LePage (R-Maine) (Getty Images)

Gov. Paul LePage (R-Maine) (Getty Images)

After a longstanding rift between Gov. Paul LePage (R-Maine) and local newspapers, LePage has made it clear that the beef still exists.

Friday morning, at aerospace manufacturing firm Pratt & Whitney, LePage sat down in the cockpit of a fighter jet simulator and joked to a Lockheed Martin Corp. guide, "I want to find the Press Herald building and blow it up."

LePage has been known to speak his mind, and his fraught relationship with print media is no exception. Last year, he told students at Waterville Junior High School that "reading newspapers in the state of Maine is like paying someone to lie to you."

In June, after an investigative series on his Department of Environmental Protection commissioner was published by MaineToday Media (which includes the Portland Press Herald), LePage instructed his staff not to speak to reporters from the media group's papers.

The Bangor Daily News has speculated that LePage's disdain for local newspapers is rooted in the friction between him and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), whose husband, S. Donald Sussman, owns the Press Herald and is a major Democratic Party donor.

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