Michaud says he wants to restore Maine's dignity

LEWISTON — In a city that's often supported him by more than a 2-1 ratio, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud said Thursday he was officially running to be Maine's next governor.

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U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, officially announces his intention to run for governor of Maine at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Thursday.

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Campaign buttons declaring, "I like Mike," sit on a table at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, announced he would seek the governor's office in 2014.

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U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, shakes the hand of a very young supporter Thursday afternoon at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston. Michaud formally announced his campaign for governor of Maine.

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Bill Reilly of Minot, center with beard, cheers for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, with other supporters Thursday at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston where Michaud announced his bid for governor. "I don't think he is a liberal and (he) will work hard for the people of Maine. He will work with a broad spectrum of people," Reilly said.

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U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud holds a pair of Maine-made New Balance sneakers he said he would wear during his campaign for governor. The Maine Democrat made his announcement Thursday at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston.

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U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, talks with Maurice Dutil of Lewiston soon after announcing his intention to run for governor of Maine at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Thursday.

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U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud officially announces his intention to run for governor of Maine at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Thursday.

In front of a boisterous crowd of about 200 at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston's Little Canada neighborhood, Michaud said he wanted to return home and serve as governor to end a bitterly partisan climate in Augusta and restore Maine's dignity on the national stage.

At his entrance and interjected throughout a speech that lasted for more than 30 minutes, the crowd chanted, "We like Mike." That was clearly going to become a campaign slogan as signs and new campaign buttons replicated the motto.

In a speech that was as much an indictment of incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage as it was a praise of Maine's working class, veterans and the elderly, Michaud charged LePage with creating an overly charged political atmosphere.

"The tone in Augusta has turned into endless strings of angry rants and partisan, personal attacks," Michaud said. "It's a shame and an embarrassment but it's not the way we do things here in Maine. That's not the Maine that I know. It's not the Maine that we all love."

He promised to forge a "new path" for the state.

"A path that honors the hard work of Mainers who get up every day and punch the clock," Michaud said. "Who fishes our seas, who builds our ships, who waits on tables, teaches our kids and cares for our elderly . . . who grows our food, who repairs our streets, who builds our houses. That's who I'm here to fight for."

Michaud, a Democrat from East Millinocket who has served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, noted LePage's ability to draw national attention but not always in a good way.

"Our state has become a punch line on the late-night TV news," Michaud said. "An abrasive, 'my-way-or-the-highway' agenda alienates and divides our people. There are too many folks who are hurting."

Michaud touted his time as a mill worker in northern Maine and also his support for environmental protection and health-care policies that have been rejected by LePage, including the Affordable Care Act.

He said he first got involved in state politics to clean up the Penobscot River.

"The Penobscot, like the Androscoggin here in Lewiston, was the lifeblood of our region and it was being poisoned," Michaud said. "I ran for a reason, to clean up the river and we did just that."

He challenged LePage's rejection of an expansion of MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program, under the new federal law.

"And it sure as heck isn’t leadership to say no to health care for 70,000 people, including nearly 3,000 veterans," Michaud said.

Michaud also reminded those in attendance of LePage's response to a string of arson fires in Lewiston in the spring and chastised him for not doing more.

But LePage did release $30,000 from an emergency contingency fund that went to help those left homeless from the fires.  

LePage also ordered state agencies to immediately begin to do whatever they could to help the city in the wake of the fires and settled a dispute between the city and the Maine Department of Transportation, relieving the city of an estimated $300,000 debt related to a joint city-state street reconstruction program.

Both men have made a point of their connections to Lewiston via their Franco-American heritage. LePage, a Lewiston native, grew up on the streets around the Franco-American Heritage Center — formerly St. Mary's Cathedral, a Catholic church. In a visit to the center soon after taking office in 2011, LePage addressed the audience in French and told stories of his childhood in the neighborhood.

LePage carried Lewiston in his 2010 election, getting more votes than either the Democrat, Libby Mitchell, or Cutler, who also sought election in 2010.

"While he talks of civility, Michaud’s record is one of extremism and liberalism having supported Californian Nancy Pelosi with votes up to 96 percent of the time," LePage's campaign adviser, Brent Littlefield, said. "While Paul LePage is fixing a hospital welfare debt that existed for years, Michael Michaud is advocating more welfare spending that will send Maine back to the growing welfare of the (Gov. John) Baldacci years."

Littlefield said they were looking forward to the race against Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler. It's a race Littlefield predicted Michaud would lose. He also said it has been 59 years since an incumbent governor lost a re-election bid in Maine. Littlefield said throughout his political career Michaud has never faced as formidable an opponent as LePage.

It was ironic, Littlefield said, that Michaud chose to open his campaign in LePage's hometown of Lewiston talking about job creation while LePage and his administration had focused a lot of energy and effort on getting a mill reopened in Michaud's hometown of East Millinocket.

"Gov. LePage has literally created hundreds of jobs in Mike Michaud's backyard," Littlefield said. "He worked to reopen that mill and he's still working on that and they are up to 200-plus workers there now as a result of Gov. LePage."

Republican minority leaders in the state Legislature also issued statements Thursday in support of LePage and warning voters against Michaud.

"I think once people look into Mike Michaud’s record, it will become a question of whether he finishes second or third in this race," state Senate Minority Leader Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, said.

Maine House Minority Leader Rep. Ken Fredette, R-Newport, said Maine's economy was on the rebound under LePage.

"Unemployment is down, private sector jobs are up, debts are being paid, taxes are lower, and our welfare spending is finally being reined in," Fredette said.

Meanwhile, Cutler said Michaud's official entrance to the race made it even easier for Maine voters to pick him over either the Democrat or a Republican.

"If Paul LePage and Mike Michaud are their parties’ nominees, voters will have a clear choice among three different directions for Maine’s future," Cutler said in a prepared statement. "We can remain hopelessly stuck, we can go backward, or we can move forward together to make Maine healthier, smarter, stronger, younger and more prosperous."

Cutler said both Michaud and LePage should be rejected by the voters.

"Maine voters want something better than the cynical and partisan party politics that have overtaken Washington and Augusta and have denied opportunity to thousands and thousands of Maine people," Cutler said.

But those in attendance Thursday, especially a large contingent of war veterans, said Michaud had kept his promises as a politician, especially regarding a VA clinic in Lewiston that Michaud helped bring to the city.

The clinic, which opened in 2012, was supported by Maine's entire Congressional delegation but Michaud, the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House's Veterans Affairs Committee, wrote the enabling legislation.

Maurice "Moe" Marquis, a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, said he supported Michaud's bid for the Blaine House but worried about losing Michaud's advocacy for veterans in Washington.

"I have already told him, 'Mike we need you over there in D.C.,'" Marquis said. "I wish he could be in both places, he's just a fantastic person and he's for us, not only for us veterans but for the people of Maine."

Several high-profile state Democrats were in attendance for the event as well,  including Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and the state Senate's Majority Leader Troy Jackson, D-Allagash.  Jackson and state Sen. Emily Cain, D-Orono, have both announced campaigns for Michaud's Congressional seat. Cain was also in attendance Thursday.

Mills said she was there as a Democrat to support Michaud because, "He knows how to get things done. He's a problem solver and not a problem creator."

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Mike Michaud officially announces his intention to run for governor of Maine at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Thursday at noon.

Remarks by U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announcing his run for Governor of Maine

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PAUL MATTSON's picture

Michaud ought to ashamed of

Michaud ought to ashamed of himself.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Debt and taxes

I have to wonder where all the Lepage lovers on this forum have been these past few years with all their fears that Michaud will increase debt and taxes. Perhaps they live out of state. All the governor has done for us is to shift the tax burden from the state to the local communities and added to our debt with his budget errors, hospital borrowing scheme and his latest borrowing plan. Not only that he has given us the most inefficient and ineffective and unresponsive government this state has ever seen. It' s like being in the Land of Oz and discovering the Wizard is a fake. Every organization he touches from the state departments to the schools and colleges, to the legislature to the local municipalities to the Republican party itself is in disarray and turmoil. I don't care what some Democrat did 20 years ago, because what the guy we have now is doing is not economically, morally or intellectually sound.

Bob Berry's picture

What we've been doing...

Working to support democrat spending.

Roger Moulton's picture

I challenge all of you that hate Lepage!!!!!!!!!!

I challenge you to think of the person in your life that you would say is the most honest person you know. Someone that you say would tell the truth even if nobody wants to hear it and it offends people. Maybe it's your grumpy old grandfather that tells you when you're putting on weight or tells you your boyfriend is a loser when he really is. And then ask yourself would I consider that person to be politically correct. Does that person use insults and swear words when they are passionate about the truth and people tell them not to share it or disagree with them. I'LL TAKE HONESTY OF DIGNITY ANY DAY. But if you really think about it how much dignity does a guy that's willing to lie to appease the crowd really portraying?

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Honesty

To use a sports metaphor you can have a coach who yells at players and fans and insults the refs continually and he can be beloved as an eccentric character provided he wins games. When he loses constantly he will lose his job with or without his "honesty". It takes more to be a leader than to tell people off, to insult and smear people to obstruct and attack and to put the wrecking ball to everything you disagree with. We are one of three states in the entire USA with a dismal job creation record. We are becoming more unhealthy. Our debt is climbing and our income is shrinking in spite of all the grief we are giving our towns, our schools, our poor and our handicapped. We have a governor who has been rated one of the worst for ethics and transparency in the country. That is no leader. If the Republicans want to win elections they have to do better than to say "NO" to everything and everybody. It takes more than a smart mouth. We need someone who knows how to govern in such a way that the trains run on time. And this guy has proven himself to be the guy who can't even get the train out of the station.

Roger Moulton's picture

typo

I'll take HONESTY OVER DIGNITY any day!

Roger Moulton's picture

Really dignity is your selling point?

I couldn't care less what other states think of our governor. What a pathetic and messed up state we live in where people are willing to oust a governor that has made progressive steps towards making this state financially better, to replace him with a guy who kisses ass better and grins while he shoves it up the states backside, WITHOUT VASELINE! Being governor isn't about winning the congeniality award it is about bettering our state. The democrats have had there chances to run this state and have driven into our current situation. Paul Lepage has made progress and proven progress yet all you cry babies want to remove him because he uses harsher language than you dare to. HONEST PEOPLE ARE SELDOM POLITICALLY CORRECT. Lepage is passionate and gets angry when people want to continue a trend he is trying so hard to break. If it weren't for my family I would leave this state full of ignorant insane people and yes all of you that vote for democrats only are insane. Insanity-repeating the same actions and expecting different results.

Amen brother Amen!

Amen brother Amen!

FRANK EARLEY's picture

A man's reputation means a lot...........

A reputation defines a persons identity, that being said, I heard on one of the cable news/entertainment shows last night a reference to our beleaguered Governor which speaks volumes. On the very popular Rachael Madow program last night, I heard a statement, regarding the popularity of some politician. They were described as having very low popularity, not exactly a Paul LePage, but still pretty unpopular. That little comment, in itself indicates the wide scope of our Governors appeal nation wide. It also validates any statement made in that regard, as being accurate.
I welcome Rep. Michaud, and hope he can deal with running against a contender, now know nationally, as being an idiot...............

If your a watcher of Rachel

If your a watcher of Rachel Madcow, its no wonder why you think the way you do..

FRANK EARLEY's picture

There's another reason.............

There's another reason I think the way I do, I see things for what they are. Not as part of an ideology. On top of that, I do watch this comedy laden channel called Fox News, and believe me, it's not easy to watch, I also read nine daily newspapers, and subscribe to at least one National News feed. And I am not, I repeat NOT on Facebook. Even with all that, I still can't help but see the Republican Party as a sinking ship, with the TP'ers still drilling holes in the bottom of the boat.

If you get your info from

If you get your info from MSNBCs Rachel Madcow, your very misinformed. Shes is a moon bat for sure!

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Why is it??????

Why is it, that just the mention of a clip on a TV show suddenly means I a devoted fan of the show. I watch all sorts of stuff. There's Hannity, and lets not forget Mr. Bill O'Reilly. These two guy could turn spring water into snake venom, the same way they turn truth into their version of "Fair and Balanced". And you talk about Moon bats..................

Jack Jalbert's picture

Michaud to restore dignity to Maine...seriously?

With the previous 40 years of "dignity" under Democrat control we got out of control debt and some of the highest taxes in the nation. No thank you Mike. You are always on the wrong side of every argument. No thank you, I'll keep the current foul mouthed, hard working, business savvy, real world governor or anyone else who will follow through with economic policies that encourage growth and prosperity through responsible spending. Maine cannot print money like the feds do so it must work within a balanced budget...something that most over-taxed Mainers already do. We don't need another tax and spend governor. Dignity doesn't necessarily come from a mealy mouthed, never heard of a tax he didn't like, spend like there's no tomorrow Governor. Mostly dignity comes through a state's ability to provide for those who "REALLY" need help while taxing it's electorate as little as possible. Dignity comes when you pay your hospital bills on time rather than slacking for years and then going to a loan shark (the federal govt.) who will make you an offer you "can't refuse". The first dose of illicit, addictive drugs is many times free since the pusher knows "you'll be back for more" and then they have you where they want you. Spending tax money taken out of my other pocket (federal taxes rather than state) as the Democrats want to do doesn't cost me any less money and worse it props up the most ill-conceived, illegally passed, largest tax increase in the history of the nation while ruining the best health care in system in the world. Thank you Governor LePage for attempting to make Maine live within some sort of budget even if it makes people hate you. You at least understand that one cannot in good conscience continue to spend money you do not have. You also understand that the Governorship is neither a popularity contest nor a free for all spending game where no one looses. There is no such game...we the taxpayers are always the losers when "do-gooders" spend our money. And mostly, the winners are undeserving slackers who have found the holy grail of free money better known as the State of Maine.

Bob White's picture

That was great VERY WELL SAID

That was great VERY WELL SAID thank you Jack. I think maybe I see a LePage/Jalbert ticket for President

Mike is real good at finding

Mike is real good at finding ways to spend other peoples money ( typical liberal). Just what Pelletier likes in a canidate. I prefer a canidate who lets us spend most of our owned hard earned money the way we see fit. Maine doesn't have problems because taxes are too low, the problems over the last 40 years are from failed liberal ideas. Only 2 of those years did the GOP have controll of legislature.

David Marsters's picture

Michaud

How can he restore dignity in Maine when he can't do it Washington. Get a real job Mike. Spend you campaign money on people that need it. You are wasting it by trying to become Governor.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Impossible task.

1. Restoring dignity in Washington was, is, and will continue to be impossible as long as the likes of Boehner and McConnell walk the halls of congress.
2. Mike had a "real Job" for 20 years at a Millinocket mill. He knows what life's struggles are all about in the real world.
3. Lepage spent our tax dollars on his 40K daughter. Mike won't waste our money on nepotism.
4. I LIKE MIKE! Get used to it. (Doesn't "Governor Michaud" have a nice ring to it)?

Roger Moulton's picture

You drive me nuts Al!!!!!!

Okay so dignity can't be restored in Washington, what makes you think might Mike can do that here in Maine? A real job at a mill? I work as a contractor at many mills throughout the state and I have said at least a hundred times that the majority(Our mills have some great workers, unfortunately a small percentage of them that do it) of mill workers only make it because they kiss ass well. I don't want my governor to kiss ass I want him to stand up against anyone that gets in the way of forward progress and a change in the right direction(Lepage!!!) I have no college education and I make a considerable amount more than 40k so if Lepage wants to give his daughter a job for 40k let him do it, that's probably less than most of the whine asses that work for our state make and yet they still complain about a little retirement contribution increase to THEIR retirement. And nobody care's that politically blind Al Pelletier like's Mike or if you think "Governer Misuse" has a good ring to it.

Bob White's picture

There was that same kind of

There was that same kind of talk when we elected our President " Restoring dignity in Washington " well all he's done is made us look weak just like Clinton.

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Dignity

In order to restore dignity, you yourself has to have dignity, so where is he going to buy that?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

"And it sure as heck isn’t

"And it sure as heck isn’t leadership to say no to health care for 70,000 people, including nearly 3,000 veterans," Michaud said.

Michaud is speaking of the same leadership that is taking the country into perpetual debt.

Go Mike... Go to...

It isn't saying NO to 70,000

It isn't saying NO to 70,000 people in need. It's fixing the flawed Medicaid and Social Service System-this takes real Leadership which Governor LePage is the only one fit to see the real problems be addressed! Why would we want a Governor who doesn't care to look at real issues because he/she is afraid to displease the people who like to have their ears tickled?

Hear this if nothing else----Medicaid is dishing out way too much money to Social Service agencies who are the ones milking the funds. They are the culprits, not the Governor who is trying to clean up this mess we're in. I worked in social services for a number of years and did see the billing to Medicaid and the numbers were extremely unreasonable. I'm talking over $60k per resident to live in a group home and items such as that gets billed to Medicaid with NO questions asked. These are the people who are taking away the funds for the 70,000 who are in need. And the ones who sit home who are able bodied people who could be working a job, they are the ones who are taking away funds from those who are truly in need.

Does it take much intelligence to see that the problem has to be fixed and that true leadership would know that and would not add to the burden? Why continue funding those that are milking and don't really need it? Governor LePage is a responsible Governor. I don't care if he spouts off every so often! I'd rather know where someone stands then to have to guess with the smooth talkers like Michaud. How predictable that he would use a selling tool like wanting to bring dignity back to Maine. He's merely mimicking what "SOME" people are saying . He hasn't even addressed the real issues and probably won't even have to for some of you who can't see the forest through the trees! Please be honest and look at the issues and see where our Governor is coming from and attempting to accomplish.

Gerald Weinand's picture

LePage may have released

LePage may have released $30,000 to help Lewiston fire victims, but not until after he said he didn't have a discretionary fund:

http://www.dirigoblue.com/2013/05/what-discretionary-funding-gov-lepage-...

MARK GRAVEL's picture

"It isn't saying NO to 70,000

"It isn't saying NO to 70,000 people in need"

That is one heck of a start to reducing spending. The Federal government is broke too, so once people become addicted to the service, it will be very difficult to roll back state spending when the federal dollars dry up.

There really is no free lunch.

Bob White's picture

Name one great thing that he

Name one great thing that he has done that has effected your day to day life

AL PELLETIER's picture

EASY!

I no longer have to travel to Togus for VA medical care. It's now 1/2 hour away in Lewiston thanks to Mike.
I now qualify for agent orange exposure benefits from my navel service in Vietnam waters thanks to Mike.
New Balance has received national attention and may become military issue footwear thanks to Mike.
You asked for one, I gave you three (just for starters).
Now it's your turn. Name one great thing Lepage has done that has POSITIVELY effected your day to day life.( Giving us something to be ashamed of doesn't count. )

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Lowered citizens tax

Lowered citizens tax liability; that is a big one.

AL PELLETIER's picture

How?

How?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Personal income tax

Personal income tax reduction.

AL PELLETIER's picture

When?

When?

Bob White's picture

The things you say he did he

The things you say he did he came up with these ideas? Or did he just jump on the band wagon.

AL PELLETIER's picture

No band wagon for Mike

Mike wrote, sponsored and co-sponsored dozens of bills that came to the floor for a vote. Many that were adopted have helped us veterans greatly. Check out Mike's congressional record before you blow it out your azz.
Now back to my question about Lepage. I'm still hearing crickets.

Roger Moulton's picture

Al Pelletier is politically selfish!!!!

While as much as I despise your way of thinking and very much dislike your personality, I do appreciate the fact that you served in our military, however electing a governor only because they help you as a veteran is not the way to fix our broken state. When they can't help you any more because ol' Mikey spent it all in his first few years, you will realize that Mikey's approach was flawed. As many have stated it is far better to have an honest governor who's every thought you know, even if they spout off(I'll even say daily rather than time to time) than to have a smooth talking governor who only makes move that increase his voter pool. Paul Lepage will never make a decision based on pleasing people, he will make decision based on what is best for the state. Mike Michaud has had plenty of opportunity to improve this state in his various positions but he doesn't, he simply goes with the crowd that will give him the most votes. Michaud is nothing more than a good ass kisser.

David Marsters's picture

Easy

Lepage has paid off the hospitals that the democrats incurred!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AL PELLETIER's picture

Grasping for straws, David?

Paying off the hospitals has not done one single thing to positively effect my or your life. Try again.

Roger Moulton's picture

You can only not pay the hospitals so long before they close

or are asking for more aid to be able to keep their doors open. If you think paying them off has nothing to do with you, you need to share what you are smoking.

Bob White's picture

Well I guess you don't work

Well I guess you don't work for a hospital now do you so I guess if I used your thought I'm not a veteran so should I not care about those issues? Of coarse not I don't think like that because we are all Americans.

AL PELLETIER's picture

No I don't

Your question was "my life or yours". Talk about double talk.

Bob White's picture

Why I don't work for a

Why I don't work for a hospital?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

The money to run and care for

The money to run and care for people just does not emerge from the ether space around one's ears. Eventually, care for many Maine citizens would suffer if the State did not pay for services rendered.

That said, just because you get free VA care at the taxpayer's expense does not mean other Maine residents have that option. Keeping hospitals financially solvent and keeping Maine for digging itself deeper into financial abyss benefits all of Maine, not just your little selfish "ME" world.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Hey Bob

I woke up this morning to the sound of deafening crickets.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Perhaps your hearing is

Perhaps your hearing is fading. How about rush off to the taxpayer funded VA hospital for your selfishly taken healthcare to have your hearing checked.

Isn't free stuff great?

AL PELLETIER's picture

Nope Gravel, hearings great!

Repubs like you should have served in a war zone. Your all great at dodging bullets and evading the enemy.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

What makes you think I did

What makes you think I did not serve in a war zone?

I fought in desert storm, but I don't wear it like a billboard like others wear their wartime service like a billboard - perhaps to play the ever popular victim role.

Is Al paying victim?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Is Al playing victim?

Is Al playing victim?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Perhaps your hearing is

Perhaps your hearing is fading. How about rush off to the taxpayer funded VA hospital for your selfishly taken healthcare to have your hearing checked.

Isn't free stuff great.

Bob White's picture

Lucky you

Lucky you .... I guess not sure what that has to do with the subject at hand. If you are talking about what the governor has done that is easy apparently you only see what you want to see. I will give you three things that he did just like you. Budget surplus, lowered unemployment, and paid the hospitals. I said in another post Mike is a real nice guy But he is a politician he will tell you want to hear I would rather have a person tell you how it is and get things done. Al if your going to comment on these type of subjects you should really follow the news I mean really these three things I gave you were all over the news.

Bob White's picture

Hey Al

I'm hearing crickets now!!!!!

AL PELLETIER's picture

Bob

You specifically asked "what has he done for you to effect your life.
You and your cohorts have not given an answer to your own question, just generalizations.
Your all taking up useless space on my incoming e-mail screen so I'll leave this thread.
I LIKE MIKE, I LIKE MIKE, I LIKE MIKE. I swear that's catchy.

Bob White's picture

Well paying the hospital

Well paying the hospital helps my health and gives me a place to go if I get hurt having a budget surplus keeps my state able to pay its bills and lowering the unemployment rate keeps people working so they can buy things and pay state sales tax to keep my taxes from going up more. So I would say it effects me you and everyone else in the state. A lot more then your boy has done for the people. We should talk about Obama care and his stance on that $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

David Marsters's picture

I LIKE MIKE

Get a life please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

The bar

I think Mike will be a fantastic governor but it isn't as if he has to do very much to outshine the current governor. All he has to do is not have one of the worst job creation , ethics and transparency records in the country. And he simply has to not make war on seniors, retirees, teachers, public school depts., colleges , foreign investors, environmentalists, the legislature, newspapers, lumbermen, the handicapped, and the disabled. He also has to not get himself on national media for looking and sounding dumb every other month. And he has to forego giving away our tax money to his friends and then telling Mainers we are too poor to afford services. And finally he has to not quarantine his staff so the legislature won't know what is going on in the government. As long as he doesn't do any of those things he will look golden.

Roger Moulton's picture

Claire is so narrow minded she's nearly blind!

Everything you are dissing Lepage for were things that needed to be done and he has the balls to do it. The only balls Michaud has are the ones from his voters that rest on his chin. I don't care if Michaud looks golden and Lepage looks like dirt and neither does he and that is the exact point we have all been making. Lepage is here to get a job done, not to "look golden". It's not about looks you idiot it's about getting things done. RANKED 4TH IN THE NATION FOR FISCAL POLICIES AMONG GOVERNORS. ARGUE WITH THAT!!!!!! And since this state is filled with bleeding hearts that don't even look at the real issues and turn a blind eye to the fact that this state needs to pay its hospitals and change its fiscal policies, Michaud probably will be elected and I bet my unit that that he will not rank in the top 10 on Fiscal policies and I'd bet one testacle that he won't be in the top 50%. It's not about show its about results. But I know I must be a racist, wealthy, homophobe if I vote republican. You are so incredible ignorant to whats going on around you.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Lachance, White, Gagnon

I wouldn't expect anything less. All we need now is Gravel and Arsonault to complete the cry baby quintet.
I LIKE MIKE! (get used to it).

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Perhaps this slogan is more

Perhaps this slogan is more fitting, truthful, and honest on your part:

Free stuff from Mike, Free stuff from Mike.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Just ask yourself how much

Just ask yourself how much Mike's dignity is going to cost the taxpayer.

AL PELLETIER's picture

We now have a quartet!

Where's Dennis?

AL PELLETIER's picture

We now have a quartet!

Where's Dennis?

Gravel's have a bad month... go

Go easy on Gravel. First the demo delay on St. Joseph's and now this startling news..

( As one from New Hampshire, LePage made us look good with his endless comments 'bout Vaseline and bombing newspaper offices )

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Predictable news. Mike likes

Predictable news. Mike likes giving free stuff. Many people in Maine feel untitled to free stuff, so people who want free stuff will gravitate to Mikey.

Likely Mike freebies the reason. Well you suckers will pay.

Mike Lachance's picture

That's it Al, make it

That's it Al, make it personal. Classy.

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I don't like Mike

So get used to it.

Mike Lachance's picture

I'd second that, but I like

I'd second that, but I like me!

Mike Lachance's picture

I'd like to see the figures

I'd like to see the figures that show the "wealthy" pay less taxes than "working families"... unless of course Michaud is excluding all those working families who earn less than $50,000 a year.... woops! That's right, they are getting most, if not all of their taxes back through credits, exemptions, tax "minimums" and other assorted backdoor welfare/tax schemes. "The Rich" is a moving target that means any number of things on any number of days. Enough with the pandering lies.

No more credits, no more loopholes, no more backdoor tax welfare.. for the rich *or* the poor. Until this happens, the worn-out class warfare political strategizing will do no more than to agitate the masses and dumb-down even further the "feelings" voters.

Michaud is a nice guy, and came from good Maine stock, but today he is nothing more than a DC Politico playing the game and saying what just his particular wants to hear.

Bob White's picture

Nice guy but....

I have met Mike and he's a very nice person BUT he's your typical politician he will tell you he wants to help but (for some reason or another ) he cant and being a career politician he is real good at why he cant but he will be there when there is a cutting ceremony though. He's like a lot of politicians are afraid of getting there hands dirty.

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Mike, save Maine

Our Governor is racing to the bottom and gaining on other Republican Governors.
Maine has much to be proud of, just not the Governor. Restore the office to one of compassion, reason, and respect.

Roger Moulton's picture

Another idiot

Mike might restore compassion and respect, but reason? No reason is what Paul Lepage has and nobody is respecting him because he's doing a job that is difficult to do, but desperately needs to be done. You idiots urging people to vote democratic are in theory saying there is no problem with our economy or state at the moment. 38 years out of 40 dems have had control and you want to continue voting for these schmucks? Reason is something you have zero understanding for, unless you mean making decisions for the one reason of earning votes. I'll even say this, the republican party sucks almost as bad as the dems, with the exception of Paul Lepage. Lepage has the intelligence and balls to fight against his own party for the greater good of our state and all you people do is crap on him for it. I'd say this state is extremely lucky he hasn't resigned his post after the hard work he puts in just to be disrespected because he didn't use charm schools manners when he spoke. IGNORANT IGNORANT PEOPE IN THIS STATE.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Anytime you hear someone say

Anytime you hear someone say "compassion", run and hide your wallets; it is going to cost someone.

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You mean like George W. Bush Republican President

did.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Oh god, here we go

Oh god, here we go again....It was George Bush. GWB is gone, it is all BO.

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Michaud is nothing but

a lap dog. He's just another Baldaci. He is just like Beldaci when he was in Washington. I call them the rubber stamp boys. I wonder if Michaud will create another disaster like Maine Care. If the people of Maine vote for this clown, then they have no pride to begin with.

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Obviously you don't know Michaud and you have never

worked with him. He's a 24-hr day guy. House expert on intenational trade agreements.

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Michaud is an expert at nothing,

he can't even recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Three thousand people in attendance and he couldn't even lead the pledge. But his shirt was neatly pressed.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Like NAFTA and all those

Like NAFTA and all those other trade agreements that are detrimental to the US? Go Mike.

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NAFTA was 1994 long before Michaud made it to the House

How many trade agreements hve we signed since 2003. Oh that's right we had Republican administration then. How many have we signed since 2009 and how we they different from NAFTA which I think we can all agree was a sell-out of the American worker noting Michaud would ever support.

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