AUGUSTA — The Maine Democratic Party leader is chiding Republican Gov. Paul LePage for a barnyard epithet he used to summarize a meeting with three unemployed workers.

Democratic Chairman Ben Grant’s criticism was triggered by a comment LePage made to Capitol News Service reporter Mal Leary following the Saturday meeting with the workers and state Democratic Rep. Andy O’Brien of Lincolnville.

Asked for his thoughts, the governor used an expletive to describe the meeting, then repeated the word slowly. Others had described the meeting as a calm exchange.

Grant said LePage’s comment shows he’s a “bully” and that he’s ignoring the 50,000 unemployed workers in Maine.

Saturday’s meeting was requested by O’Brien after LePage suggested about a month ago that some people don’t work because they can make more money on unemployment.

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