Friday, March 7, 2014
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud had a brief appearance on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show Tuesday to talk about his decision to announce that he's gay. The interview is toward the end of the 13-minute segment, which is front-loaded with Maddow's montage hammering Gov. Paul LePage.
Michaud doesn't say much more than he's already told the Maine press, but Maddow does try to get specifics about the alleged "whisper campaign" that prompted his announcement. Michaud said he has "no idea who was doing it."
So far, it appears nobody knows. Republicans have privately questioned the allegation, saying it would be political suicide to conduct push polls or message testing about Michaud's sexuality becaues it could easily be traced back to a campaign or interest group.
Steve Mistler covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.