AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s Republican Senate president is accusing Democrats of trying to create a “political advantage” with their approach to calling for a special election on GOP Gov. Paul LePage’s recent conduct.

Many Democrats had called for LePage’s resignation, and some have called for impeaching him. Senate President Michael Thibodeau (THIH’-buh-doh) said Friday he has no interest in presiding over a “circus” two months before Election Day.

His comments appeared to scrub Democrats’ hopes for a special session to rebuke LePage because it would require both parties’ majority approval.

LePage last week left Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine (gah-TEEN’) an obscene voicemail and said he wished it were 1825 so they could have a duel. LePage apologized, saying he heard Gattine called him a racist, which Gattine denies.

LePage says he won’t resign.