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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP/NEWS CENTER) - Maine Governor Paul LePage used a sexually vulgar phrase to describe how he says a Democratic lawmaker is taking advantage of the people.

LePage made the remark about Sen. Troy Jackson to news reporters on Thursday.

He reportedly said,"Senator Jackson claims to be for the people, but he's the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline."

When one reporter responded that people were bound to find the remark offensive, the governor repeated a variation of it.

LePage's comments came as he intends to veto a two-year budget because it includes tax increases. Jackson had criticized the governor's announcement call for 60-day reprieve to negotiate a new budget and called a news conference for later Thursday.

LePage is known for speaking his mind.The Republican once told the NAACP to "kiss my butt."

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