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U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Maine Democratic candidate for governor, announces he's gay


PORTLAND, Maine -- The Democratic challenger to Maine Gov. Paul LePage has announced that he's gay, saying he needed to address his sexuality to counter "whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls" that raised questions about his personal life.

Six-term Congressman Mike Michaud writes in an op-ed provided to The Associated Press and two Maine newspapers that he wanted his political foes to know that, in his word, "I am not ashamed of who I am." Michaud didn't identify who he thinks was behind the whisper campaign.

The announcement adds intrigue to a tight three-way race with LePage, the Republican incumbent, and wealthy independent Eliot Cutler.

It's unknown what impact, if any, Michaud's disclosure might have in a state where voters approved gay marriage a year ago. Michaud supported the measure.

There are no known gay governors in the United States.


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