Candidate for governor of Maine comes out of the closet in response to whisper campaigns – and owns it.

Mike Michaud is running for governor of Maine as a Democrat.  Whisper campaigns have been organized to imply that Michaud is gay which, to some Americans, still matters more than his competence.  So Michaud has published an op-ed announcing that yes, he is gay – and that it doesn’t matter a lick!

Once I jumped to an early lead in the polls, 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. Already my opponents have tried to blatantly distort my support for a woman’s right to choose and my tireless commitment to our nation’s veterans.

So I wasn’t surprised to learn about the whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls some of the people opposed to my candidacy have been using to raise questions about my personal life. They want people to question whether I am gay.

Allow me to save them 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. 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.

Owned.  The posts where I get smile while clicking “gay rights” and “politics” are some of my happier moments as a blogger.

It’s such a wonderful thing to take the power out of an attempted slant.  As Tyrion Lannister says, it allows you to wear it as a shield.  Now it’s not a horrid thing that Michaud is gay, it’s instead horrid of those who think that it’s something negative.  If you’re in Maine, please vote for this guy.


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