One RINO Down: Thibodeau Leaves Gubernatorial Race

3/26/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

Maine’s Senate President is withdrawing his candidacy to be the Pine Tree State’s next Governor.

RINO Mike Thibodeau announced his decision on Facebook Monday.

Life is about setting priorities. My service to Waldo County, fulfilling my role as Senate President, being leader of…

Posted by Mike Thibodeau for Governor on Monday, March 26, 2018

Sen. Thibodeau cites responsibilities as Majority Leader, his personal business and family as reasons for leaving the race.

There are only about three weeks left in this legislative session with Sen. Thibodeau controlling the gavel in the State Senate.

And of course, he knew about the demands of being a business owner before he entered the race.

The Majority Leader had been polling toward the bottom of the pack in unofficial county caucus voting.

Former Head of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, Mary Mayhew and former LePage-rival, Sean Moody appear to be the frontrunners for the GOP nomination at this point.

Sen. Thibodeau’s second, Sen. Garrett Mason is the wild card in the race as the only GOP gubernatorial candidate who signed up for Candidate Welfare — forcing Maine workers to fund his campaign whether they plan to vote for him or not.

And House Minority Leader Ken Fredette remains an also-ran in the contest, generating little enthusiasm or fundraising dollar thus far.

The RINO Thibodeau has a history of butting heads with conservative Gov. Paul LePage and making one-sided, bad, budget deals with Democrats.

Sen. Thibodeau was the first Republican to enter the race after fellow RINO Sen. Comrade Susan Collins declined a bid for the Blaine House.

The Thibodeau campaign released a campaign ad less than two weeks ago and just got on the ballot about three weeks ago.

As of the first candidate filing deadline, Sen. Thibodeau had raised more than $100,000 and counting for his now-defunct campaign — good enough for third place in the GOP field at the time. He can now transfer those funds to other campaign coffers.