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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Singing the Anti-Nuke Blues

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 7:17 AM

Former Manchester state representative, 8th generation Vermonter and distinguished blues-harp player Bob Stannard is departing his executive-director post at the  non-profit Better Bennington Corporation to return to the Statehouse on a daily basis come January.

Stannard, [pictured here with wife Alison at Saturday evening's VPIRG anniversary celebration]  tells Freyne Land he's been signed up to be a Montpeculiar lobbyist for the Citizens Action Network.

"Act 160 basically positioned the Legislature to have a role in therelicensing of Vermont Yankee and whether that’s voted on in 2008 or 2009 isgoing to be up for debate," said Stannard.

"I don’t like to consider myself a lobbyist because that implies that I’m a contract lobbyist and I take on anybody who pays me," said the blues-harp player.

"I consider myself to be more of an advocate than a lobbysist," said Stannard. "I takeon a cause that I believe in. I tell people I can sell gasoline to aman on fire if I think it’s good gas. I HAVE TO BELIEVE IN THE GAS!

"Andfor me to be able to leave a very nice life where I was having a greattime, liked by everybody, doing good work... to walk away from that to goback into arguably the most controversial issue fror thenext two years - that wasn’t an easy decision.

"My wife and I talked it over. I owe it to my great-grandchildren who aren’t born yet to do it."

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Peter Freyne

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Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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