LePage questions health of Mitchell

In a recent campaign event, creationist Paul LePage took a jab at the well-being and vitality of Democratic candidate Libby Mitchell. (That link may or may not be broken at any given time. Try here.)

And though LePage said in an interview on the train that he wants his campaign to stick just to the issues, he wasn’t shy about throwing the crowd a little red meat during the stop in Bath.

“Libby (Mitchell) had her 70th birthday a few weeks ago and I’m concerned about her,” the 61-year-old said with a chuckle. “We should send her home.”

Really? Really?

Here is a picture of Paul LePage.

This guy wants to take jabs at the health of others? He’s got to be kidding.

One of the few things I liked about Dubya was the fact that he was a workout fiend. When his doctors told him he should cut back on his runs because of his knees, he took up biking instead. I had a high respect for Bush’s concern for his personal health.

But LePage clearly does not have that concern. At 61 he ought to be doing everything he can to make the final leg of his life as happy and productive as he can. It’s people with attitude’s like his that make the American health care system one of the most inefficient in the world.

Compare, for a moment, Paul LePage to both Michelle Obama and Mike Huckabee. The former is making significant efforts to reduce childhood obesity by promoting better eating and more exercise. The effectiveness of her message is helped quite a bit by the fact that she is in great shape. Who thinks a fat Michelle Obama could get her message across? It would be like Laura Bush trying to get kids to read more while being illiterate (and subsequently unconcerned). Then there’s Mike Huckabee. When he took office, he was obese. Once his doctors told him he would be dying shortly if he didn’t act right away, he shed over 100lbs pretty quickly. It surely wasn’t easy, but his life mattered more to him than his taste buds. Now he has written a book, participates in marathons, and frequently discusses health issues. He’s a better person for what he did for himself (and his family), and his message is effective because he made an honest effort that yielded honest results.

Next time Paul LePage wants to bad mouth the vitality of someone else, he ought to take a look in the mirror.

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6 Responses

  1. Then there are people like Oprah. She has struggled with weight for most of her life. She jumps from periods where she can’t seem to help putting it on to periods where she loses quite a bit. But even when she is putting it on, she’s an effective spokesperson against poor health because, on the whole, she puts forth an honest effort. And that’s what this is all about – effort. LePage does not demonstrate any such thing.

  2. Lose 20 pounds, write a book, gain it back repeat.

    I’m not convinced it isn’t some kind of marketing.

  3. Wait! I could get famous? I lost 25 lbs since May 24th. Oh forget it. It would be a very short book: “Eat less, exercise more.”

  4. I don’t know either of the topic’s characters, but I’d die laughing if it turns out that Ms. Mitchell is as big as a fucking house.

  5. Bob, to pull the Oprah you would need to spend the entire book talking about the emotional challenge of losing weight. Over and over and over and over….

    A lot a majong tiles are involved in an Oprah book….

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