Michaud for Maine
Governor in ME http://www.Michaud2014.com
PO Box 1590
Primary Election Date: 2014-06-10 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
I am a lifelong Mainer, third-generation millworker and Democratic member of Congress representing Maine's 2nd Congressional district. I am currently running for governor of Maine to replace our extreme ideologue of a governor, Republican Paul LePage, whose policies have harmed countless Mainers while leading our state in the wrong direction. I currently serve as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. I am also an openly gay man, who, if elected, would become the country's first openly LGBT governor ever elected.
Why am I running?
Simply put, I'm running because I love the state of Maine and am tired of seeing it dragged in the wrong direction and made into a punchline by the antics and actions of Governor LePage. Maine needs a leader who can represent the state with dignity, stand up for all Mainers and work with legislators on both sides of the aisle to do what’s best for our citizens.
As the former Senate President in the Maine Legislature, I presided over a chamber that was evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. Most people thought the partisan split would prevent us from getting anything done. But by working together in a civil, respectful manner, listening to one another, and putting policy ahead of politics, we were able to forge agreements on key legislation and reach a balanced budget that both sides could be proud of.
Throughout my career I’ve proven that you can stay true to what you believe in while respecting the views of others and working together to get things done; whether it’s fighting to protect American jobs and promote Maine business, working to expand access to Medicaid to ensure affordable health care for all Mainers, advocating for increased funding for quality education, honoring our commitments to our nation's veterans standing up for equal pay and reproductive privacy for women or protecting our environment.
That’s the kind of leadership the people of Maine deserve, and I will never lose sight of the Maine values this state has instilled in me since the day I was born.
If elected, my first order of business will be to expand access to Medicaid (MaineCare) and create a Maine-specific health exchange under the Affordable Care Act, which I supported in Congress after fighting for an enhanced reimbursement that--in addition to being the morally right thing to do because it expands healthcare to 70,000 uninsured Mainers--will also save Maine $600 million over the next 10 years. Governor LePage has vetoed two bipartisan compromise bills, which is unconscionable. I will submit a bill to expand healthcare on Day One of my administration.
Second, I will work to create new jobs, protect the ones we have and boost our economy by investing in Maine's competitive advantages and strengths: our small businesses, skilled workforce, farms & fisheries, thriving tourism sector, burgeoning renewable energy industry and strong communities. For more detail on my economic development and job growth plan, visit www.Michaud2014.com/MaineMade
Third, I would make combatting poverty a priority by changing the way we think and talk about the issue. For the past three years, our policies around poverty have been guided by divisiveness, anxiety, stereotypes and anecdotes from a governor more interested in demonizing the most unfortunate instead of combatting the root causes of poverty that would help families get by and eventually get back to work. Instead of dividing family against family and vilifying poor people for political gain, I will take a fact-based approach to reducing poverty, particularly among children.
My DFA Values
My commitment to many of the progressive values shared by DFA have been alluded to above and are discussed in more detail in the MaineMade plan that can be found at www.Michaud2014.com/MaineMade. The plan is focused on six areas where Maine is attracting – or could attract – significant investments to our state to out-compete other states: Small businesses, talented workers, farms and fisheries, tourism, renewable energy and a strong sense of community (which includes my plans to expand Medicaid to 70,000 uninsured Mainers, increase the minimum wage and make the Earned Income Tax Credit refundable.)
Throughout my career in the Maine Legislature and in my 12 years in Congress I have been a strong advocate for a clean environment and green energy policies; a staunch opponent of the war in Iraq; and a champion of equality and justice for all Maine people, including women, LGBT Americans, immigrants, Native Americans, and the poor. That’s why I support equal pay for woman, open access to the ballot for Maine residents, civil rights teams in Maine schools, and the work of the Native American Truth and Reconciliation Council.
My Campaign is People Powered!
Given the three-way dynamic we're currently facing with a Republican incumbent and a self-funded businessman running again as an unenrolled candidate, the primary goal of our field camapign will be to move 4% of the voting electorate who are not currently supporting Mike Michaud into the “Strong Michaud” support column. This activity will both move and retain voters across the ticket and can essentially be broken into two categories
1. A paid field program that has been running since January 1 and will continue through Election Day. This component will consist of several full and part time paid canvassers operating in targeted areas delivering a long form persuasion message, and ID and low-dollar fundraising.
2. A traditional field operation utilizing the enthusiasm of thousands of volunteers and dozens of endorsing organizations representing Mainers across the state. The campaign will hire and train 24-30 field organizers to operate in every county, and expand our presence in targeted communities. The party is committed to opening offices in each of the 16 counties. In the early months organizers will work on an ambitious house party, phone bank and community organizing plan targeting base Democrats and "soft supporters" who can be moved through persuasion. Starting in May these Organizers will commence a massive door-to-door canvass operation.