Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) announced in an op-ed in a Maine newspaper on Monday that he is gay.

Michaud, who is running for governor in 2014, said he decided to come out publicly after his opponents launched a "whisper campaign" about his sexuality.

“They want people to question whether I am gay,” Michaud writes in the Bangor Daily News. “Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer: ‘Yes, I am. But why should it matter?’ ”