Two Democrats say Mike Michaud made an intelligent remark during a fund-raiser.

This just in. A couple of Democratic legislators told me yesterday that they heard Mike Michaud said something intelligent at his first gubernatorial fund-raiser.

The Democratic candidate for governor was cruising soothingly along; speaking about getting Maine of the right track, forging a path together, working together, honoring hard-working Mainers, working together, bi-partisan bliss, civility, lots of free stuff, working together—all the usual—when he seemed to lose his place in the script, stammered a bit and blurted out something which sounded suspiciously intelligent.

He said that, of course, there are a lot of Mainers who wouldn’t do a lick of work as long as they could make some kind of living on welfare.

He quickly recovered, saying that he knew hard work doesn’t guarantee success. Sitting in the shadows of the congressional obscure caucus, he said, may guarantee success but not everyone can hope to get elected, so he aimed to speak for hard-loafing Mainers as well.

The two Democrats I spoke with confirmed the comment but asked that their names be withheld for fear of being suspected of having the ability to recognize intelligent ideas.

“Yeah, he said it,” one of the lawmakers told me. “It was one little thing from a speech, but I think most people there thought it was totally out of character for Mike to say anything intelligent. He’s a regular guy.”

Ben Grant, Maine Democratic Party chairman, said he wasn’t there but doubted the candidate said anything intelligent. Mike’s a regular guy, Ben told me. He never departs from the straight and true path of comforting and familiar cliches.

Another lawmaker who attended the event—Troy Jackson—said he didn’t hear the comment. Senator Jackson said that if Michaud made an intelligent comment he wouldn’t have been able to recognize it anyway.

The gubernatorial candidate’s director of communications issued a statement that said, in part, “It seems farfetched for you to insinuate the Mike isn’t a regular guy.” He went on at some length about how much Mike Michaud enjoys riding around on a fork-lift—a regular guy-type thing.

Staffers confirmed Michaud’s comment but said they support the representative’s genial personality and admired his firm hand-shake.

“If the representative did in fact say something intelligent , it raises questions about his qualifications to be the Democratic nominee“ said Mark Mooshine, a political scientist at the University of Maine in Beans Corner. “It certainly sounds intelligent ” he said. “But does it hurt him? Given that it’s Mike Michaud , I don’t necessarily think so.” Prof. Mooshine listed some examples of the representative’s consistently unintelligent statements. He claimed he read all 2700 pages of the Affordable Care Act before voting for it. He has boasted of authoring a constitutional amendment to freeze social security in its present state for all eternity. He endorsed John Edwards for president in 2008. He voted for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Prof. Mooshine pointed out that no one in this galaxy has read the ACA all the way through; no congressional committee or state legislature has ever heard of his amendment; no Democrat even remembers the name John Edwards since his trial. The ACA is turning into a train wreck of colossal proportions.

“With a record like that,” said the professor, “ who’s going to believe Mike Michaud said something intelligent.”

Professor John Frary of Farmington, Maine is a former US Congress candidate and retired history professor, a Board Member of Maine Taxpayers United and publisher of and can be reached at:



  1. Fascinating that the MaineWire has had nothing on Gov. Paul LePage saying the President Obama “hates white people” but then posts this parody piece (which is actually pretty funny), expecting that its readers can make the connection.

    Another example of the lack of any journalistic integrity from the Maine Heritage Policy Center’s yellow journalist rag.

  2. Can always count on the Perfesser (hat tip to Shoe) for a fantastic tongue-in-cheek, spot-on response to the Mainestream Media tomfoolery. Only place I beg to differ was the observation on Michaud’s firm handshake…

  3. Interesting, but when Gov. LePage talks about welfare programs that have to be looked at, all hell breaks loose from the left. Will BDN, Sentinel etc. write anything about it. Doubt it!

  4. or you could say that once again the professor is either educated beyond his intelligence or sadly ignoring fact! I would love to hear his take on the ability of our present governor and his previous experience compared to a man who worked in a paper mill which at the time had the highest paying jobs in Maine. Who does he think would understand the needs of the voter or the worker in this state. a few witty remarks in poor taste doesn’t make a point but a sick statement by a loser! yup Mr. Frey you come across to me and many as a sorry arse loser!

  5. well I must admit it would have been impossible to believe if the absent minded professor had used two intelligent republicans from amg had over heard this statement; you see I enjoy snooping around some of these blogs just to see how uninformed these right wing posters are! for instance one arse said Obama bowed to the Saudi prince and another said he kissed his ring! ha ha but did ya know those idiots forgot “dubya” kissed the prince on both cheeks hugged him on national tv! ayhuh Mainers never forget! and guess what they haven’t purged it yet but I’ll bet heritage is trying to! the Koch brothers, two intelligent republicans from amg, santa claus and the easter bunny went on a bus ride to Disneyland; who bought the tickets? had to have been the Koch brothers the rest of the characters are fictious!

  6. A thought to ponder; ahh how soon the right forgets– their cry for battle! their so called surgical strikes that accounted for a 12 year war! but then did you ever meet a real republican that didn’t need a liberal to clean up his mess or make his daddy’s business work? I NEVER HAVE!

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