Thursday July 18, 2013 | 12:47 PM

Some may have seen the press release from the centrist group No Labels that presumed Democratic candidate for governor U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud would join 70 other lawmakers to announce a reform package of bills designed to make government more effective. 

Michaud's campaign committee is also promoting the event on his Facebook page.  

"As long as it's a good idea, it shouldn't matter if it comes from a Republican, Democrat or Independent," Michaud wrote. "We need to work together and pursue solutions that are in the best interests of the American people."

Michaud joined the No Labels earlier this year, so it's no surprise that he'd participate in the event. Additionally, the centrist cause could play into the 2014 governor's race.

For now, however, it's independent Eliot Cutler who has pulled cash from No Label's co-founder Nancy Jacobson. 

Cutler has also received a boost from Kahlil Byrd, the former chief executive of the group Americans Elect, another centrist organization that unsuccessfully attempted to draft a bipartisan presidential ticket in 2012.

Byrd is now the president of StudentsFirst, the charter school advocacy group founded by reformer Michelle Rhee.

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