Democracy for America, a national progressive political action organization founded by former Gov. Howard Dean and with more 7,000 members in Maine, has endorsed U.S. Rep Mike Michaud for governor.
“Mike Michaud is the progressive, common-sense alternative to the extremist Paul LePage,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America. “Gov. LePage is so committed to his far right ideology that he’s willing to personally sentence 70,000 Mainers to a life without access to health care. Democracy for America members in Maine and across the country are looking forward to providing the boots-on-the-ground that will help send Gov. LePage packing in November.”
Democracy for America basis its endorsements, in part, on the strength of grassroots support a candidate has from the group’s local members and on whether or not the campaign is people-powered.
“I’m proud of this endorsement because it shows the strength of our campaign’s grassroots support,” said Michaud. “Our campaign is driven by the countless volunteers who are tired of the anger, ideology and division of the last three years. Their support has made this endorsement possible and will help me bring a new spirit of collaboration and respect to the Blaine House in November.”
Democracy for America also released the results of a May 5-6 statewide poll. Conducted by Public Policy Polling, the poll found that Michaud is leading the governor’s race with 43 percent of the vote, with LePage at 39 percent and Eliot Cutler trailing far behind at 15 percent.
The polling is consistent with other public polls that show a tight two-person race between Michaud and LePage.
The poll also found that voters oppose LePage’s decision to reject the expansion of health care to nearly 70,000 Mainers and that the incumbent governor remains unpopular, with 52 percent of people disapproving of the way he’s handled his job as governor.