Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) on Thursday left an angry, profanity-laced voicemail for a state lawmaker, accusing the Democrat of calling him a racist.

In the voicemail obtained by the Portland Press Herald, LePage challenged Drew Gattine to "prove" that he is a racist and dared him to "record this and make this public."


"Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage," the governor said in the audio. "I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you c--- sucker. I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I'm a racist. I've spent my life helping black people, and you little son of a b----, socialist c--- sucker. You — I need you to — just friggin'. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you."

In an interview after the voicemail was made public, LePage told the Press Herald he wished "it were 1825" so they could have a duel.

"That's how angry I am," he said.

"I would not put my gun in the air, I guarantee you, I would not be [Alexander] Hamilton. I would point it right between his eyes, because he is a snot-nosed little runt and he has not done a damn thing since he's been in this Legislature to help move the state forward," he said.

Gattine has denied calling the governor a racist.

On Wednesday, LePage called Khizr Khan, the father of a slain American soldier, a "con artist” for criticizing Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE at the Democratic National Convention in July.

“Then there’s the all mighty powerful ones like Mr. Khan, which is a con artist himself, and he uses the death of his son, who’s an American soldier, which we respect and honor, and he uses that to go after Trump, which I found very distasteful,” LePage said in a radio interview.