In response to what he called a “whisper campaign” by political opponents attempting to damage his gubernatorial run, six-term congressman Mike Michaud has announced that he is gay.
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D), who represents Maine’s conservative 2nd Congressional District, publicly came out in an-op ed published in Maine newspapers. Rep. Michaud decided to make his sexual orientation public in an attempt to neutralize any “whisper campaigns” that were purportedly created by his political opponents about it. .
[box type=”shadow”]Growing up in a large Franco-American Catholic family, it’s never been in my nature to talk about myself. I write this now merely to let my opponents and the outside interests who fund them know that I am not ashamed of who I am. And if seeing someone from my background, in my position openly acknowledge the fact that he’s gay makes it a little bit easier for future generations to live their lives openly and without fear, all the better. I don’t plan to make my personal life or my opponents’ personal lives an issue in this campaign. We’ve had enough negativity in our politics and too many personal attacks over the last few years. We owe it to the people of Maine to focus on how we get our state back on track.[/box]
With this announcement, Michaud is the seventh openly homosexual member of the House of Representatives and would be the first homosexual Governor if elected in 2014.
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