Heard on the Street

Who is your choice for governor thus far in the race?

Jan 24, 2014
"Michaud because he best represents the sentiments of the people of Maine." — Geri Coughlin, Rockland.

The Courier-Gazette staff asked "Who is your choice for governor thus far in the race?

"Anyone but LePage." — Ann Mitchell, Matinicus Island.
"LePage. He's grown employment and has reduced taxes by attacking provisions that waste expenditures." — Ralph Field, Rockland
"Michaud. Four more years of LePage will kill the state of Maine." — Jeanne Dooley, Waldoboro.
"I'm leaning toward Michaud. Anyone is better than LePage." — Martha McLean, Lincolnville.
Comments (33)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 31, 2014 15:53

LePage really brought Marden's to the front. Talk about the working poor. Buy it when you see it at Marden's and help support low wages.

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jan 31, 2014 11:35

I believe that Governor LePage is going to be in the fight of his life to win re-election so everyone who supports him need to do everything possible to see that Governor LePage wins another term.  Don't sit on your butt and GET OUT AND VOTE FOR LePAGE.  I am amazed every day that some people in Maine CANNOT SEE that Maine is much better having LePage for our Governor.  Maine still has a long way to go especially in attracting well paying jobs to Maine and Governor LePage knows that and is trying to see that it happens.

Posted by: Richard Joseph Donlin | Jan 31, 2014 07:20

Gov. LePage  may not be smooth but he is a rare politician he is honest and does what he feels is best for the State of Maine.  Honest for the last four years honest for the next four Tears   GO LePage

Posted by: Sylvia Smith | Jan 29, 2014 06:53

I made the mistake of voting for LePage once.  Never again!!!  He says Maine is open for business, yet he hires a firm from N.J. to do a  (very questionable and biased) report and spends a million of tax payer money.  Was there no one in Maine that can do a report??  As for welfare fraud - of course there is fraud in welfare.  There always will be, but what about corporate welfare?  That costs a lot more taxpayer dollars than some poor unwed mother getting an extra $20.00 too much in food stamps.  I cannot believe that anyone would vote for this buffoon.

Posted by: Kathleen D Daley | Jan 28, 2014 09:06

I am appalled at the number of people who favor LePage, who is a bully, ignorant, and uncompassionate. I realize we have fraud in the welfare system, but instead of going after the cheaters, LePage goes after the elderly and children, the defenseless ones. I and many other elderly have just lost Medicaid because LePage believes us rich. One major illness, which is a reality as one gets older, and all my meager savings are gone. Then what do I do since LePage seems bent on eliminating Food Stamps, fuel assistance, Medicaid and anything else that helps those genuinely in need. From the comments here, I can only say it seems Mainers have become "me, myself and I" people who only care about themselves. It seems their new hero is a man totally lacking in kindness, caring, compassion. A man who is a cruel bully and loves to be domineering. He is an abuser of people and enjoys it. Makes LePage feel powerful. Unfortunately many Mainers see such a man as a hero. I don't understand how Mainers have lost their ability to love their neighbor and their respect for the elderly once a beautiful hallmark of Maine, unless it can be explained through a sheer attitude of selfishness, thus their love for LePage. I plan to vote for Cutler, a real man and real human being.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 27, 2014 20:38

I agree with Susan  St,Claire and George E. Soule response...I am also dismayed to know that the electorate in Maine elected Gov. La page. He is insensitive, uneducated, or so he speaks uneducated, and non-compassionate to the needs of the working poor. In this day of minimum wage which is not able to keep up with the costs of basic food. It  no wonder the food stamps need is overextended. Also the cost of basic housing rent is equal to the cost of food. So one is troubled with. " Do I pay for food or pay for rent'? Someone needs to do a cost effective survey in Maine as to the overpriced cost of food in the market with the overpriced cost of housing and the unequal pay scale to compensate.

Mickey McKeever

Posted by: Randy Stearns | Jan 27, 2014 14:16

Nice fair and balanced reporting here! Instead of an equal amount of news reporting on the candidates, I see this blog (so called newspaper) is heavily slanted at the anti LePage groups. It is a shame reporters can't let the voter decide on their own who they want to vote for. I am sure with a little effort you could have found an equal amount of LePage, Michaud and Cutler supporters. But no, irresponsible reporting is far more sensational.

Posted by: Douglas Milton | Jan 27, 2014 13:17

Posted by: Dianna K Trueman | Jan 26, 2014 17:06

I for one, voted for Paul LePage the first time around and I can't wait to do it again this time!! He has paid the bills that piled up in this state that previous administrations did not pay. He has been working to decrease fraud in our welfare systems, not to punish women and children, but to make sure the money is there for people who really need vital services. Finally our economy is on the rise financial analysts write that Maine is a better place to do business (ie.... jobs people!).  He sure could use a little more polish but I will overlook that every time as long as he keeps doing what he is doing for us financially.  Just so it's out there, I'm a fiscal conservative, socially liberal leaning moderate and I vote!!!


Posted by: RUTH ROWLING MAXFIELD | Jan 26, 2014 13:17

It has been my routine for the past several elections to step into the booth and vote for the "lesser of the two (or three) evils".   Been a long time since I could get fully behind any one candidate.  But - the thought of us electing a SPENDING LIBERAL for Govenor of Maine is terrifying to me!  What to do, what to do?  If only Gov. LaPage would THINK before BLURTING.  Not being "polished" is ok in many forums . . but perhaps as the one speaking for Maine and its citizens . . a bit of polish would be helpful.  My other problem is The Supreme Court, rather than clamping down on out-of-state interests pouring millions and millions of dollars into state elections . . it, instead, allowed it to go on . . unlimited.  Dang it all to heck!!!!!!  Or:  @#*%#&*@*#  Frustrating, to say the least.  Signed:  a registered Republican, fiscal conservative,  social moderate . . who, once in the booth . . votes her conscience.

Posted by: Kenneth O Frederic | Jan 26, 2014 08:04

As a native Mainer recently returned from economic exile I'm gratified to read so many thoughtful replies supporting the Governor.  In my first year home since 1968 I've been privileged to meet Governor LePage and I find him genuine in his concern for the people and his understanding of Maine's economic problems.  There is no question his policies are what's responsible for reversing decades of decline at the hands of the fiscally irresponsible who prevailed in Augusta before his election. 

Posted by: Norman D Carver | Jan 25, 2014 20:14

Why would anyone with any sense even think about voting for Michaud? He has proven himself to be a  big union supporter, tax and spend Democrat who has voted for the "party Line" ever since being sent to Washington. One thing we the working people of Maine do not need is another Democrat governor and even though Mr. LePage is not a polished politician, he has the best interest of the working people of Maine at heart and I ask you to study what he and his administration have accomplished even though the Democrats have fought him tooth and nail on everything that is good for the economy in this state. I say we need to give him four more years the keep the state headed in the right direction.

Posted by: glen r thompson | Jan 25, 2014 19:18

To Nina Reed - LePage won the last election because the Democrats split their vote between two radical leftist leaving LePage the winner.  Obviously you must be new to Maine or you would know this.

Posted by: David E Myslabodski | Jan 25, 2014 18:12

Sure; I am getting too old . . . I still remember when politics was defined as "the art of compromise." Today, politics is all about "I am right and you are wrong." Based on the earlier posts, this coming election cycle is going to get really nasty while the rest of the world seats and watches how we implode this country.


Posted by: Leslie Spiers | Jan 25, 2014 17:28

LePage all the way, the party is not important to me.  I have attended a few meetings where he was the speaker.  He is definitely not a person/politician who tells you what you want to hear to get your vote. He is for the working person, and it's about time we had someone in our corner.

Posted by: Nina Reed | Jan 25, 2014 14:24

if we all vote for democrats how did lepage get elected.

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jan 25, 2014 13:38

Mr. Gamage  why do you think the people of Maine cannot see, or cannot understand, that Governor LePage is starting to turn things around here in Maine.  It is hard for me to understand this except for the fact that Maine is mostly inhabited by people who are "Died in The Wool" democrats and will not vote for anyone who is not a democrat.

Posted by: Jim Gamage | Jan 25, 2014 12:15

LePage has started to turn Maine around in a positive way.  it's not what he says, it's what he does, that counts.  How about we judge based on actions, not words.  Go LePage GO!!!!

Posted by: Ann M. Flagg | Jan 25, 2014 09:17

LePage will never win again, he himself has ensured that prophecy. I am with Michaud as well.

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jan 25, 2014 07:47

Mr. Yattaw you are so right!  Look what is happening in Washington DC, OBAMA is the biggest "Sugar Daddy" of all times and is worse than Richard NIxon and Jimmy Carter, and I believe he should be IMPEACHED.  If the Republicans can take control the Senate and hold the House in the election then maybe OBAMA will be impeached.  OBAMA is a socialist and worse.  Governor LePage may not be a polished  speaker but EVERY WORD THAT COMES OUT OF OBAMA'S MOUTH IS A LIE.  Governor LePage is the only person I can vote for in November.  The other two running for governor are like most politicians,  they say what they think people want to hear to get elected and then when they get elected they do what they want to do and to heck with the people who elected them.  For the life of me I have never understood how one person could have voted for OBAMA and I will never understand if Governor LePage is not re-elected.  The people in Maine must have a death wish if LePage is not re-elected.

Posted by: Clifton Yattaw, Jr | Jan 25, 2014 06:57

Paul LaPage is the best thing to happen in Maine for decades,but,a lot of Mainers don't want a real governor, they want a santa clause.



Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Jan 25, 2014 06:11

If I have to hear that idiot spit into the microphone on Saturday mornings I'll be sick. He had the GAUL to complain about sequestration and government shutdowns when it was his party's fault. I'm open to voting for intelligent, pragmatic Republicans, but this good ol' boy needs to go, he's laughable.

Posted by: george e soule | Jan 24, 2014 20:52

Im a independent that voted for LePage. But I wont make that mistake again.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jan 24, 2014 20:13

If the vote is split there should be no doubt from these replies who will win.

Posted by: glen r thompson | Jan 24, 2014 19:14

Judging from the quotes chosen little doubt remains who Beth Birmingham and the Courier-Gazette wants to win.

Posted by: glen r thompson | Jan 24, 2014 18:58

Judging from the quotes chosen little doubt remains who Beth Birmingham and the Courier-Gazette wants to win.

Posted by: glen r thompson | Jan 24, 2014 18:55

Governor Paul LePage - FOUR MORE YEARS!  And well deserved at that!

Posted by: george e soule | Jan 24, 2014 17:38

Ha Ha and republicans don't vote for all republicans.


Posted by: Jane Flannery Hall | Jan 24, 2014 16:05

You are truly misled!


Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jan 24, 2014 15:59

I am an Independent but I have noticed that some Democrats would vote for "Jack The Ripper" if he was a democrat.  My dead grandfather who I loved dearly was a "Died in the Wool" democrat who would never vote for anyone but a democrat. He died in 1963 at age 83, was mayor of our small town in Ohio for 20 years but I believe he would roll over in his grave at what is going on today in politics.  Again Governor Paul LePage has my vote for governor.

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jan 24, 2014 15:48

PAUL LEPAGE!!!!   Paul LePage does not tell people what he thinks they want to hear just to get elected like most politicians do and then once elected they change their tune and do what is best for them and not the people they are supposed to serve.  Governor LePage paid the hospitals the money they were owed.  Governor LePage says what he means with language that is blunt and to the point and that is another reason why I like him.  I trust Governor LePage to work very hard for everyone in Maine and that is not an easy task since Maine is a "Death Spiral State."

Posted by: Ed Allen | Jan 24, 2014 15:11

one more for LePage . love the job he is doing

Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Jan 24, 2014 15:04

Paul LePage is not a smooth-talking Washington politician. He spent his career helping businesses grow and create jobs. Governor LePage visited some of Maine's great small businesses in Scarborough on Friday. Maine's small businesses are the backbone of our economy. With more than 13,000 new private sector jobs created since he took office, Governor LePage's policies are working for Maine's economy.

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