Mural of Maine Gov. LePage in KKK Garb Sparks Debate

Hard decisions about escalating Portland graffiti.

PORTLAND, Maine (Danielle Waugh/NECN) -- Is a mural of Maine Governor Paul LePage, dressed as a member of the KKK, hate speech or free speech? There is disagreement in Portland, Maine, where the graffiti appeared this week. 
"Comparing the Governor to the Grand Wizard is a step too far for me," said Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling, who has asked for the mural on a designated graffiti wall near the Eastern Promenade to be removed. 
But according to Portland spokesperson Jessica Grondin, Portland's city attorney has determined that this kind of mural is protected political speech, and should not be taken down. 

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