FORT KENT - Kaci Hickox's decision to not abide by the voluntary quarantine continues to cause major issues across the state, specifically in Fort Kent. She says her rights as an American are being infringed upon. State officials disagree, and are taking precautionary measures that they feel are in the best interest of the people of Maine, including Hickox.
Senator Angus King, who had endorsed Eliot Cutler weeks ago, announced he is withdrawing his support and urging Mainer's to vote for Michaud.
King says Cutler would make a good governor, but " i too am a realist. after many months of considering the issues and getting to know the candidates, it is clear that the voters of Maine are not prepared to elect Eliot in 2014".
He goes on to say, "the good news is that we still have a chance to elect a governor who will represent the majority of maine people: my friend and colleague, Mike Michaud. and today, i'd like to offer him my support".
Governor Lepage announced today he'll seek legal authority to enforce a quarantine if Kaci Hickox refuses to abide by state orders. She's the nurse who made headlines this week after returning to the U.S. from South Africa where she helped care for Ebola patients. Hickox was supposed to be abiding by a voluntary quarantine upon her arrival in Maine. She spoke to "Good Morning America" this morning and said she's symptom free and will take the state to court if it tries to enforce the voluntary quarantine. Hickox is currently staying somewhere in Maine with her boyfriend and says she also plans to return to Africa to continue to treat patients. Governor Lepage issued a statement saying "While we certainly respect the rights of one individual, we must be vigilant in protecting 1.3 million Mainers, as well as anyone who visits our great state".
Eliot Cutler says he's in the race for the long haul. The independent gubernatorial candidate called a press conference this morning to answer to those calling for him to bow out of the race. Cutler has trailed in all the recent polls behind Governor Lepage and Congressman Mike Michaud. Michaud, the democrat, has been urging Cutler's supporters to join him because he says he's the only candidate who can defeat Lepage. During this mornings press conference, Cutler said "Indeed, the politics of fear and negative ads have returned with a vengeance beyond my imagining.
This 2014 campaign is locked in the grip of fear – fear that one of my opponents will be reelected,
or fear that the other will take his place. These fears have been fueled and amplified by more than
$10 million in attack ads and mailings, financed by special interest PACs that don’t give a damn
about Maine’s future, but care only whether the winner has a D or an R after their name.
I have talked about my vision for Maine’s future and my plans and strategies for rebuilding our
economy and creating jobs. I have stressed the importance of having a governor with the requisite
skills and experience, one who is unbought and unbossed, one who will owe no obligation to
anyone other than the people of Maine. And I have sought to instill courage in Maine voters and to
restore confidence in ourselves and our future.
I am confident and hopeful, but I am also a realist. While I have been gratified by the number of
voters who have switched their allegiances to me, particularly following the debates, and by the
passionate support of voters whom I have met in recent days from all over Maine, I must also
acknowledge the gripping fear that is driving many voters – including many who wish that I would
become governor – instead to back one of my opponents with a strategic vote against the other.
I truly believe in democracy and in the ultimate authority of voters to vote for whomever they
want for whatever reason, and I don’t think that
any voter – whether a supporter of mine or not –
now needs or ever has needed
my permission or my blessing to vote for one of my opponents.
Nonetheless, I do want to reiterate this morning the simple statement that I first made in
Yarmouth many months ago: Anyone who has supported me – but who now worries that I can not
win and is thereby compelled by their fears or their conscience to vote instead for Mr. LePage or
Mr. Michaud – should do so.
For those voters who have been seized with anxiety and who don’t want fear to become an
indelible hallmark of politics in Maine I have a single request: Regardless of whether you vote for
me or someone else, please join me in supporting the proposed citizens’ initiative on ranked choice
voting and sign a petition at the polls on November 4 to bring ranked choice voting to a vote of the
people in a referendum.
I long ago proposed that we reform our electoral process, and I directly proposed to my opponents
many months ago that Maine adopt it in time for this campaign. Whatever the outcome of this
race, the RCV initiative campaign will have my whole-hearted support. RCV will put the brakes on
negative campaigning and ensure that future governors lead and govern with the support of a
majority of Maine voters, without ignoring the will of those who may have supported other
As we enter the closing days of this campaign, I ask my supporters simply to vote their
Some will vote for Mike Michaud. Some will vote for Paul LePage. And some will stick with me.
I am not standing down, and neither should those voters whose consciences compel them to cast a
vote for me, for their hopes and not their fears, as they share my optimism for a rewarding
Election Day. I am proud and grateful to have their support.
These voters know that the voting booth is still a place to rebel against convention and to reclaim
independence, to defy political partisanship, to demand change, and to send a message that the old
ways aren't working.
These voters want and deserve a better and different choice in this election. They should be able
to vote for a candidate who is hostage to no ideology, left or right, or to any special interests.
These voters want the policies and ideas that we have advanced to be embraced by a wider circle
over time, and they want an independent political movement to gather strength and grow here
and beyond Maine’s borders.
So I say to Maine voters, if you want to support my idea to cut property taxes, reform revenue
sharing and invest in education with the knowledge of how we will pay for that investment, vote
If you want the two parties to stop fighting and to start solving Maine's problems, vote for me.