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08/09/2013 04:27 pm ET

Paul LePage Fuels Spat With Portland Press Herald, Says He Wants To 'Blow It Up' In Simulator

AP

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) launched a targeted verbal strike on a local newspaper Friday, joking that he wished he could find the office of the Portland Press Herald and "blow it up."

LePage made the comments, the latest in an ongoing tiff between the governor and area newspapers, before climbing into the cockpit of a F-35 Lightning II fighter jet simulator.

“I want to find the Press Herald building and blow it up,” he said.

The simulator reportedly allowed the outspoken governor to shoot at enemy planes, but he had no such luck tracking down a virtual newspaper building.

LePage has repeatedly sparred with Maine newspapers over the past year. On multiple occasions, he's denounced local outlets, suggesting that they print "lies" and lack objectivity.

Earlier this year, he did little to hide his disdain, telling a group of students that his "greatest fear in the state of Maine" was its newspapers.

In June, he cemented his opposition with silence, telling the Portland Press Herald that his administration would no longer be providing comment to that publication, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel, which are all are owned by the same media company.

The move came after the Herald published a series of stories on Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho's lobbying ties, though the outlet reports his administration never really enforced the comment blackout.

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