I would like to convey my heartfelt and very sincere apology to BDN readers and the residents of Maine for the unkind remarks expressed toward them in my recent interview with Forbes magazine.
I do not consider Maine a welfare state — in truth Maine can boast an impressive population of people who work tirelessly and show brave Yankee independence. Furthermore I do not think of Maine people as being overweight. All of us, including myself, deal with a range of health challenges — and I am proud of the way that Mainers face these challenges.
My goal in the interview that I gave was to emphasize my hopes for helping Maine to build its future by adding jobs and creating economic growth.
In the past year I have had the chance to meet hundreds of Maine residents. Again and again, I have been stunned by the honesty, nobility and pride of the people who live in this region.
Please understand that I care deeply about the people of Maine and that they are, every bit as much as the land, what makes this state beautiful and great.
I am mindful of what Abraham Lincoln said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubt.”