PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The next election for Governor is still 17 months away, but one of the major candidates today announced he is running.
Independent Eliot Cutler made the surprise announcement on Portland's Ken and Mike Radio Show this morning. Cutler came in second to Paul LePage in the last election by fewer than ten thousand votes, and was generally expected to run again. Governor LePage is expected to seek re-election, and Democrats are hoping Congressman Mike Michaud will run. Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant told NEWS CENTER he thinks Cutler will drop out if Michaud decides to run. But Cutler says he's in the race to sta, and that there is no candidate who could enter the race that would persude him to leave ity.
Cutler's announcement sets the stage for another three-way race for Governor. LePage won the five-way race in 2010 with 38% of the vote, leading Cutler to claim that "two thirds of Maine people" want to replace LePage. Cutler says he will stress leadership, and helping Maine become "...younger, stronger, healthier, smarter and more prosperous".
Republicans responded that Cutler is "another liberal democrat" and predicted LePage will win re-election.