Lewiston Republican Mayor Shane Bouchard stepped down from his position as head of Maine’s second-largest city. Text messages between Bouchard and Heather Berube (née Everly), a woman who claims she had an affair with him during his mayoral campaign revealed a racist remark he sent her while they conspired to undermine an opponent.

From the Sun Journal:

“All my jokes are quite racist lol,” he said before adding, “What do you call 2 old black people sitting on your front lawn.”

“Antique farm equipment,” he answered.

“Yikes,” she wrote back.

Hours after a Wednesday interview with the Sun Journal concerning her affair with Bouchard, Berube made more than 150 text messages public. Many focus on their eventual liaisons, while others discuss family and politics.