Is Steve Woods dropping out of 2014 #MEGov race?

Congressman Mike Michaud and Yarmouth businessman Steve Woods, his opponent in the Democratic primary for the 2014 governor’s race, will hold a joint press conference Wednesday morning in Falmouth.

The press conference will take place at 11 a.m. at TideSmart Global, the umbrella company founded by Woods, which includes six companies, most of which focus on marketing.

Unlike the lead-up to Michaud’s “official” campaign announcement last week, campaign officials aren’t saying exactly what the event is for. Political observers have speculated about whether the presence of the six-term Congressman in the gubernatorial race would “clear the primary,” effectively causing other Democratic candidates to drop out of the race so that Michaud could focus his political energy on Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent candidate Eliot Cutler — his expected opponents in 2014 — rather than on other Democrats.

An announcement that Woods will step aside could be the reason for the media event tomorrow. Or maybe the two candidates will announce a shared promise to run a positive campaign against each other, which could help prevent the kind of protracted, intra-party bickering seen during the GOP presidential primary in 2012, which some have said hurt the eventual candidate, Mitt Romney, during the general election.

Or maybe there’s some things at TideSmart Global that Michaud wants to look at. We’ll find out tomorrow.

Mario Moretto

About Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and, now, in the State House.