Nov 4, 2013 10:54 AM by Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Democratic challenger to Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he announced he's gay to counter "whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls" targeting his personal life.
Six-term Congressman Mike Michaud (MEE'-show) says in an op-ed that he wanted his political foes to know that, in his words, "I am not ashamed of who I am."
Michaud is engaged in a 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.
Cutler, whose campaign denied any involvement in a whisper campaign, said Michaud's disclosure should have no bearing on the race. LePage's campaign declined to comment.
There are currently no gay governors in the United States.