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Re: “Did Shumlin Swing Senate Race After Leaving Washington County?

Don't get me wrong, I dislike Shumlin as much as the next guy, but he has the same legal rights to vote as every other Vermont citizen. As the outgoing Governor, he also has the power to endorse in any race. Whether his popularity rating will help or hurt that candidate is a totally different question. If Shumlin had defined to endorse in Addison County, he could have done this too, despite never living there.

What was scummy about this (hence his nickname) was the underhanded way he did it: he should have just come out and said he was moving first. If he felt the need to endorse someone, he should have just endorsed them on their merits, not because he personally had not taken the time to acquaint himself with all the candidates. This just sounds like an outgoing Governor who doesn't care about the democratic process but wants to help out an old friend who he has worked with in the past.

Again, nothing wrong in endorsements if they are actual endorsements. What is wrong is trying to stop the democratic process.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Peter!

19 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by InTheLake on 08/26/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Amid Turmoil, Sanders Launches 'Our Revolution' Political Group

I sure hope "the nitty-gritty that the press likes to focus on" includes:
1) a follow up story on Jeff Weaver being a sexist pig who has essentially been Bernie's inside man for decades despite his total incompetence and calls from Bernie's own people for a change in leadership.
2) More on Jane's potentially illegal (but definitely immoral) financial dealings with Burlington College and Olde Towne Media.
3) Bernie's extreme tendency towards cronyism, which also happens to perpetuate straight, cis, white male leadership because that is who Bernie trusts and holds close.
4) A follow up story with the AG's Office quoted and maybe even an expert or two on corporations and campaign finance law quoted. I personally would love to know how it is illegal for another 501(c)(4) to do the sort of political fundraising (and in the future, campaigning) but for Bernie it's okay. Maybe we should just focus on Hillary's emails some more.

19 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by InTheLake on 08/26/2016 at 12:18 PM

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