Paul LePage

Maine hopes to save its Vacationland image amid boycott call

Protectors of Maine's image as Vacationland — an identity so dear that it's on the state's license plates — want to make sure their outspoken governor doesn't turn off tourists.

The concern over Republican Gov. Paul LePage has cropped up among people who make their living persuading people to come to Maine — either to work or to play — since he made racially charged remarks and left an obscene, threatening voicemail last week for a Democratic lawmaker.

David Weeda, owner of the Williams Pond Lodge bed and breakfast in Bucksport, said LePage's behavior frequently comes up for discussion among his guests. He just hopes it doesn't start keeping them...