PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Supporters of independent Eliot Cutler are accusing Equality Maine of playing politics in its endorsement of democratic candidate for governor Mike Michaud.
Former democratic state senator Dennis Damon and Senator Richard Woodbury held a news conference Tuesday to protest the endorsement. They say Cutler has a stronger history of opposing discrimination than Michaud, through public support and financial contributions.
Another Cutler supporter, Rev. Tim Boggs, says Equality Maine ignored the wishes of some of its members by endorsing Michaud.
"It's not only a strategic error, I think it's an ethical error," Boggs said. "They failed to listen to the members, they failed to listen to the people most at risk of discrimination in the state of Maine."
Equality Maine strongly denied that accusation.
"We carefully weighed all of the emails and calls that we've been receiving for months now, which is another part of the reason we decided to endorse now, because folks are paying attention to this race and are curious as to whom we think the best candidate is for LGBT Mainers and for all Mainers, and for us that candidate is Mike Michaud, without a doubt" Equality Maine Spokesperson Ian Grady told NEWS CENTER.
Dennis Damon, who organized the press conference, was the lawmaker who introduced the bill in the Maine Legislature to legalize gay marriage in 2009.