A top-ranking Republican in the Maine state Senate said in an op-ed Wednesday that he is "embarrassed" by outspoken and controversial Gov. Paul LePage (R).

In the op-ed, Assistant Senate Republican Leader Roger Katz writes that LePage's antics are creating crises that legislators like him are forced to clean up.

"To me and many others, it is once again the unfortunate tone being set by our chief executive," Katz writes. "His use of vulgarity and schoolyard taunts to demean his Democratic opponents. His failure to offer real apology. And then his insulting of Republican legislators who choose to disagree with him.