Maine candidate for governor announces he’s gay

I’m glad we’re progressing toward a time when trying to use a politician’s private life against him. Naturally I believe we still have a long way to go, but I’m glad Mr Michaud is getting ahead of his opponent and cutting him off at the knees with regard to his sexuality.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A six-term congressman and former paper mill worker hoping to unseat Maine Gov. Paul LePage next year announced that he’s gay — a response to what he called a “whisper campaign” by political opponents hoping to weaken his gubernatorial bid.

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, 58, wrote in an op-ed provided to The Associated Press, the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News that “whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls” attempted to get voters to question whether he’s gay.

“Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer: ‘Yes I am. But why should it matter?'” he wrote in the op-ed published Monday by the two newspapers.

The Democrat’s announcement adds intrigue to a tight three-way race with LePage, the Republican incumbent, and wealthy independent Eliot Cutler.

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