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.