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Maine’s leading gubernatorial candidate comes out as gay

If successful in his bid to become Maine’s next governor, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud would become the first out candidate ever elected to serve as chief executive of a state.

Michaud came out as gay in a column that he released to three of Maine’s major news outlets this morning.

Michaud said that he acted in response to “whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls” about his personal life. His goal, he said, was to respond “with a simple, honest answer.”

“For me, it’s just a part of who I am, as much as being a third-generation mill worker or a lifelong Mainer,” Michaud wrote to news outlets. “One thing I do know is that it has nothing to do with my ability to lead the state of Maine.”

“I don’t plan to make my personal life or my opponents’ personal lives an issue in this campaign. We’ve had enough negativity in our politics and too many personal attacks over the last few years. We owe it to the people of Maine to focus on how we get our state back on track.”

Michaud, a six-term Democratic Congressman, has been leading in the three-way gubernatorial race against incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent candidate Eliot Cutler, according to polls.

Paul Ryan inks deal to publish book on conservative movement

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP’s vice presidential candidate in 2012 and a rumored presidential contender for 2016, has a book deal.

The Wisconsin Republican has an agreement with Twelve for a book about the state of conservatism. Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, told The Associated Press that the book is called “Where Do We Go From Here?” and is scheduled for publication in August.

‘”Where Do We Go from Here?’ will delve into the state of the conservative movement in America today, how it contrasts with liberal progressivism, and what needs to be done to save the American Idea,” according to a statement from the publisher. “It will challenge conventional thinking, renew the conservative vision for 2014 and beyond, and show how it is essential for the well-being of our communities and the future of our nation.”

The 43-year-old Ryan has yet to declare his plans for 2016, but speculation increased after he announced that he would visit New Hampshire next month to help a former House colleague, Frank Guinta, campaign for re-election.

A handful of prospective Republican presidential contenders – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, among them – have already visited the New Hampshire, which traditionally hosts the nation’s first presidential primary.

Books have become a virtual ritual for national candidates and Ryan’s deal was negotiated by Robert Barnett, the Washington attorney whose clients include President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush. Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, met with several publishers. Because of rules governing the House, he was not permitted to accept an advance, only royalties from sales.

Ryan’s previous book, “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders,” was a collaboration with fellow House Republicans Eric Cantor of Virginia and Kevin McCarthy of California. It came out in 2010.

Barney Frank feuds with gay Republicans

Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., triggered some community controversy at the Democratic National Convention, saying “Uncle Tom” was the role model for the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest and most organized LGBT GOP group.

LCR executive director R. Clarke Cooper, in a statement Sept. 6, shot back, “As far as Log Cabin Republicans are concerned, it’s a badge of honor to be attacked by a partisan hack like Barney Frank. We understand that Barney has earned his protected place within the Democrat Party by being their attack dog on gay rights issues, demonizing Republicans and undermining efforts at bipartisanship that would actually improve LGBT Americans lives. We expect this kind of bile from Barney, especially when it plays into the Obama campaign’s efforts to divide, distract and deceive the American people.”

Then National Stonewall Democrats, the largest and best organized LGBT Democratic organization in the U.S., responded. Said NSD Jerame Davis, “Barney Frank is a distinguished and honorable public servant. He has faced nearly 40 years of unspeakable hatred and persecution for being the most prominent and outspoken openly gay elected official in the country. Regardless of what he has to say about Log Cabin Republicans, the notion that they would suggest a man as brave and upstanding as Congressman Frank is either cowardly or a bully is both deluded and absurd.”

The quarrel came the same day that Frank, at the convention podium, delivered a speech focused on the economy and Mitt Romney, who served as governor of Massachusetts. Frank, who is not seeking re-election in November, talked about Mitt Romney versus “Myth Romney.”

On the Web: Barney Frank’s convention speech video