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Friday, November 9, 2007

Gubernatorial Material?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2007 at 9:47 AM

Long time no see for these two guys!

Both are mentioned in the Vermont media as potential gubernatorial challengers to King James, a.k.a. GOP Gov. Jim Douglas.

Anthony Pollina
[left] and distinguished ambassador and foreign-policy author Peter Galbraith got together in Burlington late Wednesday afternoon for some java at Uncommon Grounds on the Marketplace and some catching up. It's been 30 years since these two baby-boomers sat down together for a chat!

That was back in the late 1970s. Pollina had just graduated Johnson State College and went to work for the Vermont Alliance. Galbraith was the executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party. They were working out of the same building in beautiful downtown Montpeculiar.

Galbraith, now living in Windsor County, served as President Bill Cinton's first ambassador to Croatia. He was en route to give a talk in Middlebury about his latest book The End of Iraq. The son of diplomat John Kenneth Galbraith has seen a lot of the world and its turmoil since those Montpelier days of the 1970s.

The former ambassador was not particularly chatty about his gubernatorial prospects. His name has been floated last month by Democratic Senate Prez Peter Shumlin whose party is not exactly inundated with eager candidates fired up to take down Vermont's Republican anti-wind power, pro-nuclear power chief executive.

Tony the Prog told yours truly they had a good half-hour chat.

So what's the current status of Anthony's potential gubernatorial bid in 2008?

"As of now," said Pollina, "it looks more likely everyday."

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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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