Org issues invitation(s) to Gov.
Gov. says no, he's too busy.
Org then issues public "complaint" to attempt to pressure Gov. into attending event
Then when informed of "complaint", Gov gets angry & responds with "offensive" remark.
Why couldn't the NAACP just have let the initial refusal stand?
What part of "No" didn't they understand, the "N" or the "o"?
"the message we’re getting is that we’re not welcome"
It isn't like the NAACP was excluded from an official state function. Do you think ADM or Exxon, to use your examples, would issue public statements complaining that Maine's chief executive wouldn't attend one of their events?
But because of their agenda, the Assoc. felt they had to "call out" LePage, the newly elected governor and try to get him on the defensive early in his administration. Because in the public court of "racism", it's been well demonstrated that you're guilty until proven innocent.
I'd get upset too and probably wouldn't have responded that politely.