AUGUSTA, MAINE — Maine’s Republican governor, Paul LePage, was, for reasons unknown to a solitary reporter, not present when Ammon Bundy’s comrade in arms, LaVoy Finicum, was killed in a shootout earlier today near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in remote ranching country in southeastern Oregon.
However, LePage, whose first language is French, is well aware of the meaning of “malheur” (unhappiness, or misery).
LePage, the former mayor of Waterville, does not appreciate drug traffickers from other states coming to Maine and selling drugs. Recently, he said “I think the death penalty should be appropriate for people who kill Mainers. What we ought to do is bring the guillotine back. We should have public executions and we could even have which hole it falls in (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/paul-lepage-guillotine-drug-traffickers-218236).
After Finicum was killed, the Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada, issued a statement on its Facebook page, saying “It appears that America was fired upon by our government. One of liberty’s finest patriots is fallen. He will not go silent into eternity."
The solitary reporter asked LePage, a Roman Catholic and a close personal friend of Chris Christie, whether he would’ve preferred that Finicum had met his death, not with a bullet, but by the guillotine.
“Naturellement,” the governor said.