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Westbrook Council calls councilor's behavior unacceptable

WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Westbrook City Council formally addressed the comments a councilor made about Gov. LePage last week. Councilor Paul Emery said, "if [LePage] goes to meet his maker it wouldn't hurt my feelings a bit" and "in some countries, assassination is a political strategy, but unfortunately not here."

Emery's controversial comments made the comments last Tuesday at a Democratic Town Hall meeting in front of a crowd of about 150 people. When NEWS CENTER spoke to him the day after the public forum, he said he's sorry to the public. He also called the Governor's office to apologize.

The city council voted 6-1 in favor of a measure Monday that urges Emery to examine whether his staying on the council is in the city's best interest. Despite the outcome, the city council cannot remove him from his position. There is no city ordinance that allows the council to do that.

"If the governor had made those remarks about Paul, we would've been incensed by them, and we have to take the same standard when Paul makes those remarks about the governor," Westbrook City Council President Brendan Rielly said.

Two people who live in Westbrook argued Emery should step down.

"It isn't easy being a resident of Ward 3 and listening to people from Rockland to Jackman laugh at what we have as representation," Tony Bessey said.

Emery reiterated after the meeting that he has no plans to step down; he plans to let the voters decide his fate as an elected official when he's up for reelection in November.

Emery has yet to comment on his interaction with a Portland Press Herald reporter that occurred after the meeting. The reporter, Steve Mistler, said Emery took his cell phone, where he had recorded the comments, and tried to leave the meeting.


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