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Vermont and Massachusetts governors show support for Congressman Mike Michaud

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The Governors of Vermont and Massachusetts made a trip to Portland Monday to show their support for Congressman Mike Michaud for Governor.

Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont says the Maine gubernatorial race is crucial for people across New England.

He criticizes Republican Governor Paul Lepage, saying he's unpredictable and hard to work with and says it's time for a change.

Shumlin says: Im here to help Michaud get elected we've got to return Maine to rational bipartisan Governor that creates jobs and economic opportunities and Governor Lepage has been embarrassment to State of Maine.

Michaud says: We do have potential to grow the economy but you need a governor who believes in the State of Maine.

Independent candidate Eliot Cutler is criticizing Michaud for hiding behind the support of the two governors, claiming Michaud has no solid plan for making the state better.

Cutler says: One alternative is to bring in more democrats from around New England to prop up candidacy another alternative to is to offer a plan to turn Maines economy around thats what I have done.

Governor Lepage's office issued a statement to cbs13 news saying in part: "While other governors are posing for photo ops and reciting political rhetoric, Governor Lepage and his administration are working hard every day to bring Mainers tax relief, welfare reform and more affordable energy options."