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Michaud “Looking at” 2014 Gubernatorial Run; Cain “Would Consider” Running for Open 2CD Seat

Posted on March 5, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Despite ongoing speculation that former Governor John Baldacci is considering a return campaign for the Blaine House, it was announced Monday that US Congressman Mike Michaud is seriously weighing similar options.

Rep. Michaud said Monday that while his current focus is on getting staff settled on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee (of which Michaud was named the top Democrat), he is also considering a run against incumbent Governor Paul LePage next year.

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    “Right now I’m focused on getting the Veterans’ Affairs staff up and running,”
    Michaud said. Asked what his thoughts are on a potentially wide-open governor’s race, he replied: “I will be looking at that as well.”

    “I haven’t really set any timelines on making a final decision,” he added.

    Should the House flip control in 2014, Michaud could find himself with the gavel on an important committee for his northern district constituents, which may weigh on his decision to make a gubernatorial run. The sixth-term congressman said he has “been asked by quite a few people whether or not” he will decide to run.

Among those people asking are the Maine Democratic Party, who have been actively polling their members to find what candidates would garner the strongest support. Some of the names they have been asking about include those of former Governor John Baldacci, Rep. Chellie Pingree, Senate President Justin Alfond, AG Janet Mills, Michaud and freshman State Senator Emily Cain (Orono).

Currently Yarmouth businessman Steve Woods has formally declared himself as a 2014 gubernatorial candidate, Governor LePage has set up a campaign committee with the Maine Ethics Commission that has raised more than $200,000 for a re-election bid, perennial Independent candidate Eliot Cutler has filed but not yet raised funds, as has Democrat David Slaggar of Orono.

Were Michaud to jump into the 2014 gubernatorial race, that would of course leave his own 2nd Congressional District seat wide open. Today, Senator Cain indicated that she would be interested in the created opening.

emily cain“There is no question that I am seriously considering and evaluating the opportunity to run for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District,” Cain said in an interview early Tuesday. “I have been getting a lot of calls and taking a lot of calls from Maine and [Washington] DC. It’s exciting to think about.”

Cain said Tuesday that she would seek Michaud’s seat only if the Democrat, who is serving his sixth term representing the 2nd District, opts to enter the 2014 governor’s race.

“I’m a big fan of Mike Michaud, but if he decides to run for governor I would very seriously consider running for his 2nd Congressional District seat,” Cain said Tuesday morning.

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