Maine Congressman Mike Michaud who is challenging Maine’s Governor Paul LePage announced that he is gay. Despite running in over a dozen elections, the representative said that his sexuality has never been questioned. “I ran for office 17 times and it’s never been an issue. However, someone or some group definitely tried to make it an issue in this campaign, and I decided to put it right out there on the table,” he told the AP. The 58-year-old has kept such a tight lip on his private life that not even his mother was aware of his orientation. Hoping to silence what he called “whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls,” Michaud came out publicly in an op-ed piece. “It was a difficult decision to tell my sister and my mother,” Michaud said. His announcement may be ultimately help his campaign by attracting more liberal voters concerned about both his “blue dog” image and his votes on abortion, according to the AP. This announcement may also see the influx of donations from gay rights groups. The coming out now brings the total of gay and lesbian congressmen to seven and only one senator, while there are currently no openly gay governors.