The mayor of Fort Ann posted a status on his private Facebook page calling anyone who voted for Democrats "retarded," and on Election Day said he didn't regret it.
A screenshot of Denis Langlois' Facebook post was sent to The Post-Star by a Fort Ann resident. It reads:
"If anyone that I know vote for a Democrat on Tuesday you should sign yourself into the Mental Health unit at your local Hospital because you are retarded and need help, Vote Republican and 'Keep America Great'!"
At first Langlois said he didn't remember posting it.
"I might have," he said. "I post things all the time. I really don't remember what I do half the time."
Later he said he did post that message, but said it couldn't be attributed to him as mayor.
"I'm not doing it as an official, I'm doing it as a person. You can't quote me as the mayor, you can only quote me as a person. As a mayor I wouldn't say that, but as a person who believes in Republican values," he paused. "Most people don't even know I'm the mayor. Nobody cares anymore. That's the problem with America today. Everybody just goes around with their life, and if it doesn't affect them, they don't care. It's a terrible thing."
Langlois bemoaned how people don't vote, adding that for 63 years he was a Canadian before getting his United States citizenship. He could never understand why some people don't vote, adding that on Election Day he walked into a business where several people said they weren't going to cast their ballots.
Langlois is proud about how, after getting his citizenship, he ran and was elected as a village trustee in 2017 (he "won big-time," he said). Earlier this year he was appointed to mayor after Russell Blair resigned. He's been in the new position for about five months.
He loves every minute of being mayor, he said, adding that he's straightforward and doesn't play games with people.
"If you write something and it gets me out of the mayor, I don't care," Langlois said. "I live for myself and what I believe in. ... I have no regrets on what I say. I never have regrets on what I say. I believe what I believe. Whether it's politically correct or not, it's what I believe, and it doesn't matter. I talk from my heart and my soul, and that's all there is to it."
The village board meets at 4:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the village hall.
— Gwendolyn Craig