Mike Michaud brings Bill Clinton to town
PORTLAND (WGME) -- Mike Michaud is bringing his own star power to Maine in his bid for governor. Days after Paul LePage brought New Jersey’s Chris Christie to Maine; Michaud is bringing former president Bill Clinton.
Just to give you an idea of the excitement surrounding this event, it is actually already sold out and according to Michaud’s campaign manager there are 300 to 400 people on a waiting list. All anxious to hear what the former president has to say about gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud.
The election is fast approaching just a couple months away. Michaud's campaign manager, Matt McTighe, says latest polls show him ahead of LePage by about 4 or 5 points, but it's been a dead heat for most of the campaign.
He says the endorsement from former president Clinton will be a rally point for supporters. He says the two men share a common ideology of working across party. McTighe says: “He's somebody that was really known as being able to bridge the gap between democrats, republicans and independents which is something that Mike has always prided himself on and looks forward to doing as governor. It's definitely something we've been missing for the last three and a half years.”
The rally will be at the Ocean Gateway Terminal. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the rally starts at 8 p.m.
Maine republicans were quick to speak out about former president Clinton’s visit.
They say democrats have to bring in big names like Clinton to "make mike Michaud seem interesting."
“You know when Congressman Michaud has had such a lackluster career in congress, it's not that surprising that the democrats have to bring up star power to get some excitement around his campaign.” Alex Willette, LePage Campaign Spokesman said.
A spokesperson for Independent Candidate for Governor, Eliot Cutler said: ''Clinton campaigned in Maine twice in 2010 for Libby Mitchell with little impact, she finished third. Eliot is not relying on out-of-state organizations or politicians.”
The vote is a little more than two months away.