Michaud campaign for Maine governor
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Democratic Congressman and Maine Gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud has announced in an op-ed piece that he is gay. Michaud says in response to people questioning his sexuality, Yes I am. But why should it matter?"
Michaud, who's kept his sexual orientation private throughout his political career says he needed to address his sexuality to counter "whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls" that raised questions about his personal life.
He did not address anyone in particular.
Michaud is running against Independent candidate Eliot Cutler and incumbent Republican Governor Paul LePage, who's expected to officially announce his re-election bid Tuesday.
Neither candidate has commented on Michaud's disclosure.
Michaud goes on to say, "I don't plan to make my personal life or my opponents' personal lives an issue in this campaign. We've had enough negativity in our politics and too many personal attacks over the last few years. We owe it to the people of Maine to focus on how we get our state back on track."
Political Analysts Ethan Strimling and Charlie Summers discussed this announcement on the MORNING REPORT today.