Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Letter to Mike Michaud about hurt inflicted on women ------ from Linda Wooten

To my Dear Friends and Acquaintances ,

Some of you already know that I had started a petition campaign to help Gubernatorial Candidate Mike Michaud understand the hurt inflicted on women when he and his campaign promoted a video in collaboration with a Rapper who degraded U.S. Senator Susan Collins and the Women of Maine. Representative Deb Sanderson asked for Mike Michaud's apology but received a reprimand by him instead.

I tried to help get this apology or at least an acknowledgment that Women of Maine care about being degraded. 103 women and 2 men supported our petition and that covered representation for 12 of our 16 counties. I hand delivered the petition to Mike Michaud after the Lewiston, Maine Gubernatorial forum 3 weeks ago. We have received no acknowledgment from him or his campaign. I asked for a meeting and received no acknowledgment from him or his campaign.

I then sent an editorial to the Portland Press Herald one week ago and have not received any acknowledgment that the letter will be published. As a last resort, I thought that if I let all of my email contacts know this information that it might help them to make a wise choice with their voting. Too much information that people should know is swept under the rug. Regardless if you support Mike Michaud or another candidate, my hope is that this information will help you to make more of an informed choice.

The following information contains the petition including the supporters, the letter to the Portland Press Herald Editor and photographs of Mike Michaud with his Rapper friend and of my delivery of the petition to him. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to provide further information. I appreciate your time and review of this information.

Linda Wooten
Auburn, Maine

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Dear Mr. Michaud,
We the undersigned at this time are attempting to help you to understand our grief with the rap that was used to promote a video about you titled, The King of Maine on the Road with Mike Michaud. While we realize that you did not write the words of the Rap and did not choose this Rap for the video that was created to promote you, you did share the link to the video in which many people viewed and heard the video.  The video was also featured on the Bangor Daily News blog of Alex Steed and featured on the early morning radio talk show, George Hale and Ric Tyler of WVOM 101.3. Thousands heard the Rap that references a female, namely-United States Senator Susan Collins, in a degrading manner.

Many women are insulted by this and although you did not create the Rap or the video, you did in fact promote the video and had a photo op with the Rapper which has the appearance of you and the Rapper as friends and has the appearance of your approval for the degrading line concerning falletio performed by a female . Many attempts have been made  besieging you to apologize to Susan Collins and the women of Maine. 

The wrong people are being attacked for bringing this to your attention and your supporters are furthering the damage by telling us that our concerns are invalid and petty. We are women and we deserve respect and we deserve from someone like you to understand the hurt that is inflicted on our gender by condoning the degrading lyrics that were used to portray a decent woman of Maine, Susan Collins, or any women! We stand with Representative Deb Sanderson with wanting an apology!

Please Support the Women of Maine,

Linda Wooten (Auburn, Maine)
Signed by over 100 women 

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Dear Editor Portland Press Herald,

I want to express to women of Maine and to Gubernatorial Candidate for Governor Mike Michaud how sorry I am for not being effective with Michaud on my attempt to help him understand the hurt that left a mark on the female gender by not denouncing the rapper who was a collaboration for a video produced on Michaud’s behalf. In that Rap, Susan Collins and women everywhere were degraded. We asked Shenna Bellows and Michelle Obama if they would support us but we got no response. We did gain support from 105 men and women in a tripartisan effort including several current and past Maine House Representatives and Candidates from 12 of our 16 Maine Counties. 
Although I handed Michaud a petition to ask for his acknowledgement and apology for promoting the rap/video collaboration, he did not. There was never a mention that he cared.  It was as if the concern by women was invalidated by him and not worth his time. In regards to that, I hope that my letter will be published to personally thank all 105 people who supported the effort.  Hopefully our effort is not in vain for future endeavors to instill in others a respect for our gender.

Linda Wooten

Auburn, Maine