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Maine governor candidate Mike Michaud: Iím gay
Portland Press-Herald ^ | 11/4/13 | Steve Mistler

Posted on 11/04/2013 6:24:40 AM PST by raccoonradio

The six-term congressman’s announcement in an op-ed column may influence the 2014 election to lead the state.
Maine political observers offered early reaction Monday to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud’s announcement that he’s gay, ending years of speculation and potentially sharply changing the dynamic of the 2014 gubernatorial race.

Michaud, 57, currently serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, made the disclosure in a column submitted to three of the state’s major news outlets.He said he was making the announcement 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,” Michaud said. “Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer: ‘Yes I am. But why should it matter?’ ”

As congressman for Maine’s more conservative 2nd Congressional District, Michaud has long sidestepped questions about his sexuality. But on Monday he made it the subject of a column submitted by his campaign, which required strict reporting and publishing embargoes. Now, nearly a year away from the 2014 election, Michaud’s sexual orientation moves to the forefront, potentially dominating what was expected to be a highly competitive three-way race...

If successful in defeating Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler, Michaud could become the first openly gay governor in the country. Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey revealed that he was gay in 2004, but the announcement coincided with his resignation and a blossoming public scandal.

(Excerpt) Read more at pressherald.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: gay; homosexualagenda; maine; me2014; michaud
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Barney Frank and his husband "Dude" will probably support him...

>>As congressman for Maine’s more conservative 2nd Congressional District

1 posted on 11/04/2013 6:24:40 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: All

this opens the door for Cory Booker to finally step out..


2 posted on 11/04/2013 6:25:59 AM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: raccoonradio

If so proud of it then why lie to the public while in public office for six terms?


3 posted on 11/04/2013 6:29:15 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: newnhdad

No it doesn’t. Booker will have to stay ‘in the closet’ for a long time. He would possibly lose a lot of black support if he did come out.......


4 posted on 11/04/2013 6:30:48 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: raccoonradio

I don’t give a smelly Obamahole about his gayness - for that, he will hopefully get a room.

Is he a conservative? That’s what matters.


5 posted on 11/04/2013 6:33:13 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: raccoonradio

What a boring thing to say — didn’t he have anything important to talk about?


6 posted on 11/04/2013 6:33:56 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: raccoonradio

current governors in New England
MAINE—Paul Le Page, R
NEW HAMPSHIRE—Maggie Hassan, D
VERMONT—Peter Shumlin, D
MASSACHUSETTS—Deval Patrick, D
(finance scandal brewing now for potential D gov candidate Martha Coakley...)
CONNECTICUT—Dan Malloy, D
RHODE ISLAND—Lincoln Chaffee, Ind., former GOP


7 posted on 11/04/2013 6:33:57 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

I’m such a dinosaur that I just never understood the part about “pride” in Gay Pride.

What are these faggots so proud of anyway?


8 posted on 11/04/2013 6:35:03 AM PST by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: raccoonradio

Being queer is a résumé enhancer for a democrat.


9 posted on 11/04/2013 6:35:09 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: raccoonradio

Why does the party affiliation of this man not appear in the part of the article that you posted?

Rhetorical question?


10 posted on 11/04/2013 6:36:01 AM PST by maica (We are seeing an interesting mixture of malice and incompetence at healthcare.gov)
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To: raccoonradio

In today’s New America, this should be worth an additional 10%.

He might’ve waited until next year for maximum impact, though.


11 posted on 11/04/2013 6:36:13 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Red Badger
No it doesn’t. Booker will have to stay ‘in the closet’ for a long time. He would possibly lose a lot of black support if he did come out

Hardly. It won't make him less black.

12 posted on 11/04/2013 6:37:13 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: maica

Oops! I just reread the article and see that I missed the word Democrat in the second line.


13 posted on 11/04/2013 6:37:30 AM PST by maica (We are seeing an interesting mixture of malice and incompetence at healthcare.gov)
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To: Da Coyote

Let’s see—AFL-CIO endorsed, though he’s a Dem so maybe that’s automatic
http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/2013/10/29/maine-afl-cio-endorses-michaud-for-governor/CyVnHND6ccKSIbVbEuBcNM/story.html

Positions
http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6582/mike-michaud/#.UnexEvmTiSo

Pro-abortion, pro-gun control, supports gay marriage, supports federal restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions, does not support repeal of “Affordable Care Act”

Hmm.
And yet represents the more conservative district..?


14 posted on 11/04/2013 6:38:30 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: maica

There’s no need for a “Name That Party” in Newsbusters. Also judging by a site I saw outlining his positions...yes no question a Dem.


15 posted on 11/04/2013 6:39:10 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Wiki on Michaud:
“ The primarily rural district comprises nearly 80% of the state by area and includes the cities of Lewiston, Auburn, Bangor, and Presque Isle. It is the largest Congressional district by area east of the Mississippi River. Michaud, who speaks French, is the first Franco-American to be elected to a U.S. federal office from Maine”

(Franco-American? They make Spagetti-o’s don’t they... :) )

>>Michaud is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of conservative Democrats in the House of Representatives. He is the only Congressperson from New England in the coalition. On October 19, 2007, he endorsed former Senator John Edwards for President.

(Reading his positions..conservative?!? Pro abortion and pro gay marriage, pro Obamacare etc. And what conservative endorses JOHN freaking EDWARDS?)


16 posted on 11/04/2013 6:42:27 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Maine governor candidate Mike Michaud: “I’m gay...so any criticism of me henceforth will be labeled as ‘homophobic’ and the critic will be a ‘hater’.


17 posted on 11/04/2013 6:43:29 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: raccoonradio
As congressman for Maine’s more conservative 2nd Congressional District...

...Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud’s announcement that he’s gay HOMOSEXUAL...

A homosexual RAT, conservative? I don't think so!

HOMOSEXUAL, because there's nothing GAY about it.

18 posted on 11/04/2013 6:45:19 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: raccoonradio; All

Said number of jobs went down under Republican Le Page.
They didn’t.

http://pinetreepolitics.bangordailynews.com/2013/09/26/mike-michaud-and-an-inconvenient-fact/

>>Indeed, according to the Maine Department of Labor, the actual number of employed workers went from 653,600 in July of 2012, to 660,300 in July of 2013. In fact, more than 10,000 new jobs have been created during LePage’s tenure in office. Rather than own up to the lie, and publicly issue a correction (an apology would have been nice, but I’d just settle for, “Hey, so that wasn’t true, and we hereby acknowledge the lack of truth,”) Michaud just silently changed the video and moved along with his day without acknowledging it. How cynical. He is attempting to wash his hands of lying about Maine’s job numbers without having to pay any consequence for doing it in the first place.


19 posted on 11/04/2013 6:45:49 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: ScottinVA

No, but it race based voting does have its limits................


20 posted on 11/04/2013 6:47:47 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: JimRed

The word gay used to only mean happy and was featured in:

—Flintstones theme, “We’ll have a gay old time”
—Christmas carol Deck the Halls: “Don we now our gay apparel” (though one retailer just changed it to “fun”))

—”Our Hearts Were Young and Gay”, book and film
—Song lyric from Sam Cooke’s Twisting the Night Away:
“Where the people are so gay”


21 posted on 11/04/2013 6:48:15 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

conservative district that has a 6 term Democrat in Congress?

lol


22 posted on 11/04/2013 6:50:02 AM PST by GeronL
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To: Paine in the Neck
Yes and those who criticize Obama or MA gov Deval Patrick (leaving in early 2015, thank God!) are clearly racist...


PATRICK 2006: "Together We Can"
OBAMA 2008: "Yes We Can"

23 posted on 11/04/2013 6:50:39 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
“They want people to question whether I am gay,” Michaud said. “Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer: ‘Yes I am. But why should it matter?’

"Yes, I have been lying to the voters of this state for 12 years, why should it matter?"

24 posted on 11/04/2013 6:50:58 AM PST by GeronL
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To: maica
The 2nd line

....Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud’s announcement that he’s gay

25 posted on 11/04/2013 6:52:41 AM PST by GeronL
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To: ClearCase_guy

Exactly - who the heck cares?


26 posted on 11/04/2013 6:53:07 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Da Coyote
about his gayness...Is he a conservative?

Actually, you could say he's a...RAT-packer.

27 posted on 11/04/2013 6:54:24 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ("The government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: raccoonradio

A tweet by AutumnWheels:
“What other secrets you got,Mike? R U a closet communist? Well of course u r. So admit that 2,w/pride. #MikeMichaud What Next?”

Another post lauds him for being truthful. Well does that mean he was lying all these years but is only telling the truth now?


28 posted on 11/04/2013 6:55:05 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

The race is shaping up to be a redux of the last, a tree-way race where “Independent” Elliot Cutler was seen as the “spoiler”, taking away votes from the Democrat.

Cutler has a strong following, but this should put a dent in it.

Pass the popcorn, please. Somewhere in Augusta, Maine, a jolly Frenchman is smiling.


29 posted on 11/04/2013 6:55:27 AM PST by pingman (Trust a lib? Surely you jest!)
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To: pingman

In MA spoilers take votes away from the anti-incumbents, meaning the Republicans. But, ah!


30 posted on 11/04/2013 6:57:58 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: A CA Guy

> If so proud of it then why lie to the public while in public office for six terms?

The same reason 0 will probably issue an order to Lee Greenwood to change the words of his song to “I’m proud to be a gay American...”

The timimg is right now after Baraq’s “secret” promotion of the gay lifestyle for the past 5 years..


31 posted on 11/04/2013 7:01:23 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: raccoonradio

The real issue to me is not that this candidate is gay, or anyone for that matter. The problem is we let politicians divide us on social issues while collectively both parties are stealing us blind and lining the pockets of the big money donors they are beholden to.


32 posted on 11/04/2013 7:05:04 AM PST by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: GeronL
I have been lying to the voters of this state for 12 years, why should it matter?

12 years?

He was in the Statehouse for 23 years before that.

33 posted on 11/04/2013 7:06:35 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ("The government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: raccoonradio
‘Yes I am. But why should it matter?’

Because some people are curious about how many little boys you have raped.

34 posted on 11/04/2013 7:07:43 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

eh, but that’s not like a real job... lol


35 posted on 11/04/2013 7:13:11 AM PST by GeronL
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To: raccoonradio

Chafee is a “D” now, he switched already from Independent. He’s also retiring next year.


36 posted on 11/04/2013 7:16:14 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Paine in the Neck

His voting record is pretty gay, too.


37 posted on 11/04/2013 7:17:54 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: raccoonradio

If we are ever going to stop the gay ageda then people need to stop speculating and talk issues only. I think we are extremely guilty of spreading the gay agenda but not purposefully.


38 posted on 11/04/2013 7:18:23 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: GeronL
that’s not like a real job

He claims he is a forktruck driver.

(heh heh heh)

39 posted on 11/04/2013 7:33:11 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ("The government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: Cowboy Bob

EXCELLENT!

Party time!


40 posted on 11/04/2013 7:34:39 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ("The government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

A forktruck?

he delivered forks?

for Fork City? (remember Spatula City ads on Rush?)


41 posted on 11/04/2013 7:34:58 AM PST by GeronL
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To: raccoonradio
"The word gay used to only mean happy"

And fagot used to only mean a bundle of sticks or in England a fag was a smoke. Which used to always crack me up watching Monty Python and they would say something like "Can I have a fag?"
42 posted on 11/04/2013 7:44:21 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: GeronL

Sort of.

“Downeasters” can’t pronounce their “R”.


43 posted on 11/04/2013 7:47:44 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ("The government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: raccoonradio
Knowing what Maine has become in the last 30 years this announcement will wrap up the election for him....*unless* an opponent announces itself as “trisexual”.
44 posted on 11/04/2013 7:48:00 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: raccoonradio

Scratch this SOB.

(He might enjoy it.)


45 posted on 11/04/2013 7:49:44 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Iron Munro
I’m such a dinosaur that I just never understood the part about “pride” in Gay Pride.

What planet are you from,pal? The weeping pustules of rectal syphilis are worthy of enormous pride.I'm deeply ashamed to have never experienced such a beautiful thing.

46 posted on 11/04/2013 7:50:27 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Hmm, thought he had indeed but I think Wiki still said he was an Ind. Retiring? Ah! I know RI used to have Claiborne Pell as a Sen. or was it Gov or both and Howie called him “Stillborne”.


47 posted on 11/04/2013 7:52:55 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: IamConservative
Agreed! And what are left to do, vote for the lesser of two evils weasels?
48 posted on 11/04/2013 7:54:21 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Iron Munro
What are these faggots so proud of anyway?

Having successfully made a deviant behavior equivalent to race in the mind of the popular culture.

49 posted on 11/04/2013 7:58:06 AM PST by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: napscoordinator
I think we are extremely guilty of spreading the gay agenda but not purposefully.

Who's "we"?

50 posted on 11/04/2013 8:02:31 AM PST by Cementjungle
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