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City Councilor censured for comments about governor

10:29 PM, Jun 24, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Bangor City Councilor felt the backlash from his previous comments about Governor LePage during Monday's city council meeting. The council voted 7-1 to censure the councilor, a form of public reprimanding.

Only one councilor voted against the censure, Councilor Joe Baldacci, who said the young councilman had apologized and felt the criticism for his comments.

It was during a heated debate on June 10th while discussing the budget and the Governor's unwillingness to meet with the council where Councilor Longo made comments alluding to the governor having an excessive drinking habit.

Councilor Longo said, "If Governor LePage is not busy enough to go to Jamaica. If Governor LePage is not busy enough, I have not personally confirmed this, folks say that he hits the bars pretty heavy. But if he has enough time to go to those meetings those junkets..but if he has the time to make it to those meetings, those junkets, those nightclubs, whatever it is, he has the time to sit down."

Councilor Longo did address the council this evening, once the vote to censure was made. He told the council he was caught up in the heat of the moment while discussing the budget cuts in Augusta.

Longo said, "I am deeply sorry and embarrassed for this rookie mistake and I'm committed to doing everything I can to make this right. Although I have personally called his office, I will once again take this opportunity to make a public apology to Governor LePage. While I personally disagree with almost all of the governor's positions my comments were inappropriate and regrettable."

He went on to call the whole situation a learning experience and promised to move on and dedicate his time to working in collaboration with the council.

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