The Masquerade Ball or Party, whatever your flavor, invokes many iconic images. Depending on your experiences with such revelry, these images may trigger varying emotions. For a backwoods country bumpkin like me, who has never been to a ball, masquerade or no, these images mean nothing.
Still, for those who partake, I have heard that the highlight of a masquerade party is the reveal. Depending on what lies beneath the mask, the unveiling can either generate a certain thrill or dose of disappointment. This is what we find in this year’s election cycle.
Both Mike Michaud and Emily Cain have reveled in their own political masquerade for many years now. Both are now trying to increase their prominence and garner the increased interest of party goers in the political promenade, but the harsh glare of scrutiny, on a bigger stage, has demanded the reveal far sooner than either would like. No longer can they simply glide in the shadows of their own hidden world.
Mike Michaud’s most recent false attack ad just highlights a pattern of dishonesty the Congressman has been able to mask, while hiding in obscurity in Washington D.C. The ad is simply a rehash of an MEA attack ad that was run during the Governor’s first term. So egregiously did the ad misrepresent the facts, that even the Bangor Daily News was obliged to run an editorial refuting the ad and rebuking the creators of it for taking the Governor’s words out of context. The mask has come off.
Michaud claims he is the only one who can work across party lines, yet many remember that when he served in the Maine State Senate as John Martin’s right hand man, they were known as one of the most partisan and ruthless political duos in Maine history. In contrast, a strong majority of the bills Governor LePage has signed into law in this past legislative session, were sponsored by Democrats. Something in Mike Michaud’s narrative doesn’t ring true.
Mr. Michaud also ran an ad with an interview of an “out of work” Maine man. The only problem was- the man wasn’t out of work. When the man was interviewed, he admitted the farce and said he had been told to sign a waiver, so that the campaign could use his interview any way they liked.
Michaud has run ads making false claims about the tax cuts. He now claims that he fixed the Veterans Administration, while we all watched horrified as our heroes died in waiting rooms. What did he fix?
Amazingly, he promoted a music video describing Senator Collins as committing lewd acts and refused to fire a campaign staffer, who made lewd and disgusting attacks on women. Michaud even attacked First Lady Ann Lepage, mocking her many years of work for the veterans of the State of Maine. Not quite the guy we thought he was, is he? Still think he is one of us?
Then there is the sweet and kindly Emily Cain, or so we thought. Emily Cain has run one of the most negative campaigns in Maine history, which has backfired on her. Again, even the Bangor Daily News has admonished her for the negative and deceptive ads, citing them as the reasons for her precipitous drop in the polls. The Daily admits that Bruce Poliquin has run a much more positive campaign focused on less debt and more jobs.
Cain’s only hope is that the allegiance she has formed with Blaine Richardson, who is polling at 3%, will be enough to thwart the wishes of the voters of CD2. This woman, who has never held a private sector job, who voted to force children to have mandatory weigh-ins at school, has only her own interests in mind and none of the peoples. It’s amazing what you see once you pull the mask off.