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  Eliot Cutler tells Portland radio show hosts that he’s running for governor in 2014
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Last EditedScott³  Jun 06, 2013 10:04am
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AuthorRobert Long
News DateThursday, June 6, 2013 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Description"Eliot Cutler, an independent who finished a close second to Republican Gov. Paul LePage in 2010, confirmed Thursday morning that he plans to run for governor in 2014.

When asked by WGAN radio morning show host Mike Violette if he’s running for governor in 2014, Cutler replied, “I am.” Cutler, who has filed as a candidate with the Maine Ethics Commission, said it would be “disingenuous” to deny that he’s running and that he would make a formal announcement after Labor Day.

“You guys have been pressing me for months to announce on your show. I figured I couldn’t make a formal announcement on your show, but I can announce that I will announce,” Cutler said.

He rebuffed the suggestion that his candidacy would split liberal and moderate votes, resulting in LePage’s re-election.

“I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t think I could win a three-way race,” Cutler said.

In an email issued later Thursday morning, Cutler, a lawyer and former Democrat, wrote, “While we will wait to make a formal announcement until after Labor Day, I can tell you now that I fully intend to be a candidate, and we are hard at work laying the groundwork for a winning campaign.”
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