Why is party loyalty perceived as a plus in the race for governor? Gov. LePage takes 100 percent of his views from the tea party playbook while U.S. Rep. Michaud does the same from the Democratic Party agenda. But partisan politics has ill-served the nation as well as Maine. Maine needs a governor with a Maine agenda, not a partisan national agenda.

Maine also needs a governor who has the confidence to defend his views in open debate. It is sheer arrogance for the party candidates to refuse to explain their views, and given the well-recognized appeal of candidates Michaud and Cutler to the same base it is insulting to voters for Michaud to call debates “a political stunt.”

Eliot Cutler has an agenda for Maine that he is ready to defend. Are the other candidates cowards, or just bashful?

Tom Franklin