Monday, November 4, 2013

Maine Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Comes Out as Gay

Democratic Maine gubernatorial challenger Mike Michaud confirmed today that he is gay. It is unknown what effect, if any, this will have on the 2014 gubernatorial race.

Michaud, who is currently serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, made the disclosure in an op-ed column submitted to three of the state’s major news outlets.

Michaud said that this was in response to “the whisper campaigns, insinuations and push polls” that unidentified people have been using to raise questions about his personal life since he declared his candidacy.

“They want people to question whether I am gay. Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer: ‘Yes I am. But why should it matter?’”

A poll taken in late September shows Michaud leading incumbent, Paul LePage, by three points and Independent candidate, Eliot Cutler, by nine points. Cutler, who also ran in 2010, is a proponent of gay rights including marriage equality. Were he to drop out most of his support would go to Michaud, giving the congressman a commanding lead in a two-way race.
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