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.Michaud is running against incumbent Paul LePage, who has a history of colorful statements and actions as governor. While Michaud did not directly accuse the LePage campaign of involvement with the “whisper campaigns,” it would not be out of character.
Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer: “Yes, I am. But why should it matter?” […]
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 can’t help but think his conservative opponents badly misjudged the times in which we live. They tried to peddle the notion that Michaud was gay: Michaud announced that he was. So … what now? Are they going to make something of it? In 2013? Really?
Michaud has already demonstrated his own character; it will be interesting to see how his opponents respond. If they’re wise, they won’t. But Paul LePage, in particular, has never, ever been considered to be a wise man.