PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Rep. Mike Michaud (MEE'-shoh) of Maine had endured more than a dozen elections without anyone discussing his sexuality. Now everyone knows he's gay — including his mother.
Michaud said Monday that he told his mom that he was gay just hours before he released an op-ed in which he came out publicly. He said he wrote the piece to end "whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls" that were dogging his gubernatorial campaign.
The six-term congressman and former paper mill worker hopes to unseat Maine Gov. Paul LePage in next year's election. Also in the race is wealthy independent Eliot Cutler.
With Michaud's announcement, there are now seven members of the U.S. House who are openly gay, along with one member of the U.S. Senate. There are no openly gay governors.