BROWNVILLE – While touring this Piscataquis County town that we in the news media are obligated to describe as “flood-ravaged,” Gov. Paul LePage said he was surprised to learn that damage from recent thunderstorms might exceed $4 million.
“You’ve got to be shitting me,” replied the governor, when local officials told him the estimate. “There can’t even be $4 million worth of stuff in this God-forsaken stick hole.”
A few minutes later, LePage could be heard muttering something about “all the greedy leaches up here” and “those assholes in Millinocket.”
Town Manager Matthew Pineo met with LePage to outline the impact. Several washed-out roads may take weeks to fully repair, and the local economy will be crushed if railways remain down for any significant length of time, Pineo explained. Several homes and businesses suffered extensive damage from out-of-control storm run-off.
Following the meeting, LePage issued a statement promising “to bail out the unprepared cheapskates in Brownville and help them get back on their feet again, if we absolutely have to.”