2014-08-08 / Opinion

Michaud does not have skills, experience to lead Maine

This gubernatorial election is eerily reminiscent of the 2012 presidential election and the 2008 presidential election. As with the current occupant of the White House, except for the familiar, vague pledges of “hope and change,” nobody wants to talk about Congressman Mike Michaud's utter lack of credentials to be Maine's next chief executive.

Michaud's formal education ended with a high school diploma, and he has no managerial experience in administration or business, never having met a payroll, balanced a budget or resolved a management/employee dispute. And he has no military experience.

Michaud is a sitting congressman today only because in previous campaigns he proclaimed to the voters of Maine's 2nd Congressional district that he was pro-life and was in favor of marriage between a man and a woman. Now that he wants to promote his own political career, he has turned his back on those voters, rationalizing that his position on those important social issues has “evolved.” What kind of moral gymnastics must one perform to renounce crucial principles that reflect the core teachings of your church and the faith of your parents? In the past, Michaud has supported the Second Amendment right of citizens to bear arms, but now that the Giffords have held a fundraiser for him and whispered in his ear, where will he stand tomorrow? Michaud has multiple viewpoints; he likes to see both sides of an issue so he can go around it.

Michaud has little to show for his nearly 12 years as one of Maine's two representatives to Congress, other than “me, too” votes with his fellow liberal Democrats. He has authored no legislation on his own. During the recent final weekend negotiations on the Veteran's Health Care Reform bill ”“ the most important piece of legislation to come before the Veteran's Affairs Committee on which he is the ranking (minority) member ”“ he didn't participate in those D.C. negotiations which struck a deal because he decided it was more important to campaign in Maine. Had Gov. LePage been the one to not show up for those conclusive negotiations, it would have been covered as a front-page mini-scandal. But Michaud got a free pass.

Again, like the present occupant of the White House, Michaud has several things going for him, the most important of which is big money ”“ most of it from out of state ”“ and the influence it buys. Consider the cozy arrangement between venture capitalist S. Donald Sussman, majority owner of the Portland Press Herald (LePage's relentless critic) and the Democratic Party. Various apparatchiks, including behind-the-scenes ex-Congressman Barney Frank, key player in the 2008 financial crisis, are also playing a “helping” role to tell Michaud what he's supposed to say.

Regarding the issues before Maine voters, Michaud seeks to advance various “progressive” causes, among them abortions without any restrictions and gay marriage regardless of how local anti-discrimination laws may trump the First Amendment right of religious freedom. But Michaud's most important selling point is that he will gladly give you the shirt off somebody else's back.

Don't let the stealth candidate, aided by the fawning media and the Democratic smear machine, steal another election with false hope and promises. To rephrase the words of the immortal Yogi Berra, former catcher of the N.Y. Yankees, “Don't let this be déjà vu all over again.”

Walter J. Eno,


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