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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — 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 (MEE'-show) 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 gay governors in the United States.