Maine Rep. Michael Michaud came out as gay Monday morning, becoming the eighth openly LGBT member of Congress and the first to come out in office since 1996. Michaud, who is running as a Democrat for governor in next year's election, made the announcement via an op-ed in three local newspapers. "I don't plan to make my personal life or my opponents' personal lives an issue in this campaign," Michaud wrote. "We've had enough negativity in our politics and too many personal attacks over the last few years. We owe it to the people of Maine to focus on how we get our state back on track."

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