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  •  Steve Woods, who dropped out of the Dem primary (11+ / 0-)

    race earlier this year and through his support to Michaud, has this prepared statement:

    Today’s announcement does nothing to affect my unequivocal support for Mike.  The only orientation Maine voters should be concerned with is the orientation of Maine, and with Mike’s vision and leadership, I believe our state will be best positioned for success and prosperity.

    The people of Maine spoke when they passed same-sex marriage last November. I hope that we can send Mike Michaud to the Blaine House with another historic vote next November

    Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

    by Spud1 on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 05:46:00 AM PST

    •  One thing I noticed.... (5+ / 0-)

      the couple times I'd heard rumors about Michaud's orientation ~ they came from the Democratic side of the spectrum of my friends, from people eager to parade their inside knowledge and/or claim one for the 'team.'

      I'm sure his opponents would have used it (or tried to....) against him in a whisper campaign if he hadn't come out, but it's still sad he had to :-( He shouldn't have to say any more about his orientation than Angus King Paul LePage has had to ~ in other words.... shouldn't anyone's business but his ~ whether the pressure is from his right wing opponents or his Democratic supporters.

      Having said that ~ wonderfully worded announcement. Puts the supposed 'issue' of his orientation right were it should ~ as just one more part of who he is, along with his ethnic background (while only about 5% of Maine's population speaks French these days, around a quarter have Franco-American ancestry ~ I'm pretty sure this is the first time both major party candidates for a statewide office have been of French descent and bilingual) and mill worker experience. Brilliant framing.

      The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

      by mayim on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 07:51:59 AM PST

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