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LePage Apologizes To Cartoonist's Son For Saying He'd Shoot His Father

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The controversy began in late June, at a high school mock Legislature competition when the younger Danby asked LePage what he thought of the cartoonist, who is often critical of the governor in his cartoons. LePage shot back, "I'd like to shoot George Danby."

The response appeared to be a joke that fell flat, but coming a few months after the mass shooting at a satirical magazine in Paris, it drew wide scrutiny. The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists called the remark "vicious, stupid and irresponsible" and the news director of the Bangor Daily News, which publishes Danby's cartoons, said the comment was "shocking and tasteless."