Man Currently In Charge Of The Maine Department Of Revenue Says The Internal Revenue Service Is The Gestapo

Maine Governor Paul LePage. Maine news from The Rumford Meteor

Seeking to end the week-long furor that he launched when he compared the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo, Gov. Paul LePage plans to use his weekly radio address today to offer an apology for his “insensitivity to the word.” Maine’s blunt-speaking governor hopes his apology will end the uproar that began with last week’s radio address, in which he described the IRS as the “new Gestapo” while criticizing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. LePage’s statement drew national attention has been widely criticized by Democrats and Jewish leaders. That criticism grew louder on Friday. In a letter to the editor given to three Maine newspapers, the commissioner of the IRS described LePage’s remarks as “extraordinarily offensive.” Commissioner Douglas Shulman said he is particularly distressed that LePage would attack public servants who are committed to doing to their best for taxpayers. (read more at KennebecJournal)