March 6, 2013

Greg Kesich: Mike Michaud could make a tough run for Maine governor

If he chooses to run in 2014, the six-term congressman would pose a real challenge for LePage.

By Greg Kesich
Editorial Page Editor

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Those voters – like everyone outside the 38 percent of voters who stick with the governor no matter what – will have a choice. Do they want to take a risk with Michaud, who has been rated only 36 percent reliable by the National Right To Life Committee, or risk four more years of "I'm going to veto all my own bills and the NAACP can kiss my butt!"

With that in mind, there are probably a lot of people encouraging Michaud to run, telling him that he could do a lot more good for the state as governor than he ever could in Congress. Always cautious in public, Michaud would not have let his interest become public if he didn't have a good reason.

A couple of years ago, my daughter was playing in the Portland High School band at the Memorial Day parade. She came home and told me that all the members of the delegation had sent representatives – except for Michaud, who spoke himself.

"He's not our congressman, what's he doing down here?" she asked.

I didn't know then, but maybe I do now.

Political animal.


Greg Kesich is the editorial page editor. He can be contacted at 791-6481 or:


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