(NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Representative and gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud surprised a lot of people when he admitted to the media on Monday that he is gay.

He says he's coming out now because he wanted to head off what he's calling a campaign of whispers about his sexuality.

The announcement comes one day before incumbant governor Paul LePage is set to launch his re-election campaign.

We talk with NEWS CENTER democratic political analyst Ethan Strimling and guest republican Charlie Summers about the announcement and its timing.

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