January 12, 2005


Lt. Gov. Dubie in the running for ambassador post (DAVID GRAM, 1/12/05, Associated Press)

Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie is under consideration for a Bush administration appointment to a United Nations agency that regulates international air travel, according to sources.

Dubie did not immediately return a phone call seeking his comment, but sources who said they had spoken with Dubie said he told them the position would carry the rank of ambassador and would have Dubie working with the International Civil Aviation Organization.

That arm of the United Nations is based in Montreal, likely making the job geographically attractive to Vermont's lieutenant governor. Dubie lives in Essex Junction, and has been a frequent traveler to Quebec, serving as Gov. James Douglas' unofficial ambassador to Vermont's northern neighbor.

The job is open right now, said ICAO spokesman Denis Chagnon.

Ed Stimpson, who had served as the U.S. ambassador to the 36-member ICAO Council, the organization's governing body, left that position last month. "We are waiting to hear from the United States who will be the new ambassador," Chagnon said.

Dubie, who has been a pilot on the Vermont Air National Guard and with American Airlines, would bring aviation credentials to the ICAO. [...]

One source said Dubie was trying to determine whether he could do the ICAO job on a part-time basis until he completes his second, two-year term as lieutenant governor, to which he was sworn in last week.

The idea that Dubie, a Republican, might be job hunting so soon after being re-elected drew criticism from the chairman of the state Democratic Party.

This is a golden opportunity to build the GOP in VT, giving Mr. Dubie a national (even international) post, experience, and contacts while also giving Governor Douglas a chance to appoint another up-and-comer as Lt. Governor. All it would take is a couple credible candidates and a concerted effort from the national party and the GOP could take out Jim Jeffords and Bernie Sanders.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2005 12:37 PM

No way.

Vermont has been attracting wayward weirdos since Saul Alinsky first proposed the idea of taking it over in the 60s. The best thing to do with Vermont would be to grant it independence or to put a fence around it and not let anyone or anything in or out.

Posted by: Bart at January 12, 2005 1:36 PM

Baloney. Vermont has slowly but surely been swinging more conservative over the past few years. Jimmy J and Saint Bernard have been alienating more and more of their constituency (especially after Jimmy J's little switcheroo). They're paper tigers. All it will take is a couple of decent candidates, a show of confidence by the state GOP and some actual freaking support from the national GOP and you will see VT go red faster than you can say Buel's Gore.

Posted by: Governor Breck at January 12, 2005 1:47 PM

Oh, and PS: I was a wayward weirdo hippie, until I moved to VT and had to work for a living - the point being that just because someone comes here a hippie doesn't mean that he stays a hippie.

Posted by: Governor Breck at January 12, 2005 1:51 PM

And a gun rights vote in the House.

Posted by: oj at January 12, 2005 4:29 PM