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07/21/2014 09:11 pm ET | Updated Jul 21, 2014

Deval Patrick Aims To Unseat Fellow Governor Paul LePage

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) campaigned on Monday for Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine), who is running to unseat Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R).

Patrick, who attended a fundraising luncheon along with Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D), criticized LePage's decision to skip conferences with his fellow New England governors focusing on regional issues.

"It may surprise the governor, and surprise you, that we don't sit around the table spouting partisan slogans," Patrick said Monday. "We're about problem solving."

Patrick, who chose not to run for a third term as governor this year, is often mentioned as a potential Democratic presidential candidate. Though he has denied he's interested in a 2016 run, he has left the door open for a future bid.

Shumlin is running for a third term in Vermont.

As for LePage, his tenure as governor has been controversial. Among other things, he has been accused of (and denied) discussing the idea of hanging Democratic leaders and has proposed that a state ethics panel fact-check campaign statements.

If elected, Michaud would be the first openly gay governor of a U.S. state.

HuffPost Pollster has Michaud leading LePage and independent candidate Eliot Cutler ahead of the November general election:

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