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If you're wondering how an overt right-wing extremist like Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) could get elected in Maine, it's because, in 2010, he received 38.3% of the vote in a race where three other candidates, Eliot Cutler (I), Libby Mitchell (D), and Shawn Moody (I) got at least 5% of the vote.

Now, Democratic State Sen. Colleen Lachowicz, whose 2012 state senate race garnered national attention after being attacked by Republicans for playing the video game World of Warcraft, is now trying to rally anti-LePage Mainers around Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who is running against LePage in the upcoming 2014 gubernatorial election, and Lachowicz put out this statement tying LePage to Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker:

Wisconsin and Maine are what happens when reactionary governors push severe austerity measures during bad economic times, despite the fact that the International Monetary Fund has backed away from austerity -- because it doesn't work.

Every so often I have a conversation with someone about how our state taxes people too much and spends too much money (despite evidence to the contrary), and they demand more cuts. We cut taxes and spending two years ago, and this is the result. When government becomes so small that it fails to function properly and causes businesses to shy away from your state, then it's too small.

I want "Open for Business" to be a reality rather than a slogan. I want to be one of the 47 states that created jobs this past year, rather than be one of the three that didn't.

Bring on Mike Michaud for Governor, because oh Lord, do we need him.

Michaud isn't a progressive (he voted to ban partial-birth abortion back in 2003, for example, although he's pulled himself to the left on social issues in recent years), and neither is Cutler (he's of the Joe Lieberman/Mike Bloomberg mold, if I'm not mistaken), who has announced his intention to run against LePage as an independent again in 2014, so I'm not endorsing anyone in the 2014 Maine gubernatorial race.

However, I'm wondering if the Democratic Governors' Association (DGA), which has published this pro-Michaud press release, is going to make it their priority to try to tie LePage and other Republican governors of swing states and Democratic-leaning states to Scott Walker at every opportunity.

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 04:06 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

    by DownstateDemocrat on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 04:06:53 AM PDT

  •  Mike just announced he will be running this week (4+ / 0-)
    On 6/13 he announced : Today I'm excited to announce the formation of my exploratory committee for the Maine governor’s race in 2014.

    I have been greatly honored and humbled by the countless Mainers across the state — Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike — who have approached me in recent months and asked that I consider a run for governor. I’ve listened, and I have heard their frustrations with Augusta.

    But now I need to know that if I run, you will stand with me.

    Its true that Mike isn't a progressive, he's from District 2 which is northern Maine; Chellie represents District 1 which is southern Maine and the midcoast, generally the progressive part of the state with a few exceptions such as Warren.

    The Dems have decided to take Le Page down bigtime and the  majority of Mainers will be with them on that and also viewing Eliot Cutler as slime.

    I'm not sure who will be replacing Mike representing District 2, but it probably will require somebody the State Committee was talking to when it moved last months meeting from Augusta north into District 2 and arranged for the meeting July 20 to be at the State Potato blossom festival at Fort Fairfield, which is on the New Brunswick border almost as far north as you can get in the Continental US.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 04:42:13 AM PDT

  •  almost anyone would be better than (2+ / 0-)
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    kideni, DownstateDemocrat

    LePage, in my opinion. And while Michaud might not be perfect...heck...no Democrat is.

    Almost every elected Democrat in the country admired by me has disappointed me on at least one or more occasions. It's to be excpected in representative democracy like ours, especially with the dysfunctionally corrupt campaign finance system we have (it's not really a campaign finance system at all...it is, in fact, what John McCain said it was...a system of "legalized bribery")....

    ...however, having said that, this kossack will take Michaud over the radical, exremist whatkjob that Mainers have allowed to usurp his way into power...(you can blame it all on Cutler if you want...by it was the voters of Maine who, in the final analysis, are responsible for installing this crackpot into office...how could even 38 percent of them pull the lever for such a nut anyway?)

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