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Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud comes out as gay

Responding to "whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls" intended to derail his bid to be the next governor of Maine, Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud has come out as gay in an op-ed for the Bangor Daily News.

"Once I jumped to an early lead in the polls," Michaud writes in his op-ed, "I knew it was only a matter of time before individuals and organizations intent on re-creating the uncertainty that led to our current governor’s election three years ago would start their attacks."

Michaud says he "wasn't surprised" to hear of the whisper campaigns being launched against him, and offers to "save [those responsible] the trouble with a simple, honest answer: 'Yes, I am. But why should it matter?'"

"That may seem like a big announcement to some people," Michaud writes. "For me, it’s just a part of who I am, as much as being a third-generation millworker or a lifelong Mainer. One thing I do know is that it has nothing to do with my ability to lead the state of Maine."

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