While everyone is all up in arms about Lepage’s recent statement regarding Troy Jackson’s “…giving it to the people without providing vaseline,” I’ve found myself confounded by statements he made later on in the interview taken by WMTW 8 and provided by Bangor Daily News:
“If I get a little upset with Troy Jackson, who sits up in Aroostook County and does nothing for Maine people… People like Troy Jackson, they ought to go back into the woods and cut trees and let someone with a brain come down here and do some good work.”
The first part that I would like to address is the part about Aroostook County. Lepage’s phraseology and usage of “Aroostook County” serves only to alienate residents of Maine’s northernmost county, as if all people do up in Aroostook County is sit around and do nothing. I know for sure people are going to get after me on that one, but you can’t deny that the phraseology is on my side of the argument. And we all know that Lepage isn’t well known as a great communicator.
The second part I would like to address is the part where Lepage states that people like Troy Jackson have no brains and are only good for cutting trees. That I am sure will piss off a bunch of his rural 2nd CD supporters. Here, again, he does a good job at alienating a sub-group of people. Except in this case, he alienates an occupation which has a long tradition and history in the great state of Maine.
The very language itself denotes a snobbish attitude toward an industry that has been a huge part of Maine’s economy. And this is coming from the man who was voted into office to “fix” Maine’s economy. Even worse, Lepage is stigmatizing those who actually go out and cut trees for a living, somehow denoting that these people don’t have brains. I don’t know about you, but going out and felling trees is a task that takes a lot of both physical and mental effort.
In closing, Lepage is making the job easier for Democrats by chipping away at his own base of hardworking rural Mainers in the 2nd CD and Aroostook County.
Candidate for Portland City Council District 5.
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