Image: Sarah Palin, Cindy Michaels
WVII-TV via AP
Cindy Michaels, a WVII ABC-7 and WFVX Fox 22 television anchor in Bangor, Maine, right, is seen in a TV frame grab released by WVII TV, alongside a photo of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
updated 9/24/2008 7:25:10 PM ET 2008-09-24T23:25:10

A television news anchor in Maine who looks a lot like Sarah Palin says she's been getting "hate mail and nasty phone calls."

Cindy Michaels from WVII-TV has long brown hair that she sometimes wears up in a style similar to Palin's, and she also wears glasses on occasion.

Michaels says some viewers recently began accusing her of trying to copy Palin's style or, worse, somehow trying to subliminally sway votes.

While smarting over accusations of bias, Michaels says she's generally flattered by the comparisons to Palin. Michaels describes her as a "beautiful woman."

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