By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,218)
“Women for Mike” packed a Portland auditorium last Friday morning to give another boost to the campaign of Mike Michaud (D) for Governor of Maine in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 4th. Chanting “We Like Mike” intermittently throughout the rally, women listened to multiple reasons from multiple speakers say why they should support Mike at the polls – and work to encourage other women to do the same.
“Ok, it is Halloween – and there are plenty of Halloween jokes we can make about Paul LePage. But honestly, just think for a moment about the next four years for Maine women, Maine kids, and Maine families if Paul LePage is elected. Think! It’s scary – and it goes well beyond ghosts and goblins and even ninja turtles,!!” said Hannah Pingree, (D) and former Speaker of the Maine House.
Pingree, with her 3 l/2 year old daughter, Elsie, at her side went on to list some of the reasons women need to support Mike Michaud for Governor. “The good news is that in Mike Michaud we have a guy who believes in science and he listens to experts. Mike knows that climate change is an urgent issue that we must address for the future of our state and our planet. He knows that addressing carbon could also be a win for our economy and Mike has a great plan to create jobs and reduce carbon through weatherizing Maine homes, investing in more business efficiency and creating thousands of good paying jobs in renewable energy.”
A surprise speaker at the rally was the former First Lady of Maine, Mary Herman, wife of US Senator Angus King (I). King initially supported Eliot Cutler (I) for the position until he recently switched his support to Michaud, giving Michaud a political boost in this tight race for govenor. A bubbly Herman said: “I’m psyched to be here today. Mike puts Maine first. We need a governor in Maine who will lift people up. and bring civility back to Maine. I’ve known Mike longer than I’ve known Angus.” A not so surprising speaker at the rally at Rines Auditorium at the Portland Public Library was the popular Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D), a candidate for re-election and mother of Hannah, moderator of the rally. She gave an electric address in support of Michaud for our next Governor.
Michaud told the crowd that “mom was the largest influence in my life” She raised six children and was a ‘rock’. “There is so much greed and self-interest out there. We must do better. When women succeed, America succeeds,” Michaud said. He pledged that on Day 1 in office he will expand health care to 70,00 Mainers (which LePage denied), forge new paths here and get rid of diverse and partianship leadership. “We want to have children be able to think outside the box.”
editor’s note: Absentee voting closed Thursday, October 30, at 7:00 pm. According to the city clerk, Kathy Jones, 6,100 absentee ballots were cast this year. In the last Governor’s race four years ago, 5,000 absentee ballots were cast.