This is beyond rich! Gov. Paul LePage, the frothy-mouthed nutjob elected as a (Tea Party-backed) Republican in Maine, recently said the NAACP could "kiss my butt" (and said he'd tell President Obama to "go to hell" if elected). His defensive justification?
"If they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they'd like about it."
His son was said to have been adopted from Jamaica. Hmmm...adopted black son...nice defense! Does ya one better than "some of my best friends are."
"Devon...joined Paul's family like Paul joined other families in his youth"
But then a strange thing happened—LePage did an about-face and attended the NAACP event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. that he'd been railing against. And now, questions have been raised about that son.
Turns out his son is just a "son"—Devon Raymond Jr., now an adult and not a U.S. citizen, met LePage when the future governor was vacationing in Jamaica and caddied for him as a 16-year-old, but was never formally adopted. Raymond attended his "daddy"'s alma mater, worked as a golf pro, graduated from another college with a degree in kinesiology and is now a grad student.
Oh, and Raymond has a living father back in Jamaica.
Whether there is a sexual angle or it's just a really weird, self-aggrandizing misrepresentation meant to shield him from ever being called a racist, this is all very Gary Hart, telling the press to "do whatever they'd like about it" without really thinking ahead.
The brilliant and mean-spirited title is taken from a Talking Points Memo comment.