April 30, 2005


Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas won't run for Jeffords’ Senate seat (Shay Totten, April 30, 2005, Vermont Guardian)

Gov. Jim Douglas ended more than a week of increasing political speculation Saturday, announcing he would not run for U.S. Senate in 2006.

But, his stalwart sidekick, Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, quickly stepped up to fill the speculation about who in the GOP will take on U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, who has said he intends to run for the Senate.

“I am thinking about it,” Dubie told reporters in a crowded hallway outside Douglas' announcement.

Dubie said he would consider a run for U.S. Senate or U.S. House, but not without consulting his family first. “For me, it’s not what’s in the best interest of the White House, but what’s in the best interest of my house," he said. [...]

Republicans desperately want to retake the Senate seat they held while Jeffords was in office as a member of the GOP. In 2001, Jeffords made national headlines when he dropped out of the Republican party to become an independent. Jeffords made the switch in opposition to many of then newly-elected Pres. George W. Bush’s policies on education and the environment. The switch threw the control of the Senate into the hands of the Democrats.

Sanders, also an independent, has already stated he intends to run for Jeffords’ open seat, but has not made a formal announcement. Sanders received an early statement of support from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, and from the liberal online advocacy group MoveOn.org.

The national GOP has made a real mistake by not targetting Vermont. Had they pumped a significant amount of money into the '94 congressional race they'd have knocked off Bernie over his gun votes. This race alone makes it worth bringing renewal of the assault weapons ban to a vote.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 30, 2005 7:41 PM

There will be a new batch of voters turning 18 within the next 18 months - the children of Republicans. The Leftists of Vermont are not reproducing. Many who became pregnant in the last 25 years aborted their children. A decent candidate like Dube has a reasonable chance of squeaking in - if they don't pull a Wisconsin at the polls.

Posted by: obc at April 30, 2005 9:23 PM

VT appears to be heading toward the "gop lost opportunity" category for 2006. A few more of these and the GOP won't pick up seats in 2006.

Posted by: AWW at May 1, 2005 12:47 AM


Why? Dubie's a terrific candidate.

Posted by: oj at May 1, 2005 12:51 AM

This race alone makes it worth bringing renewal of the assault weapons ban to a vote.

Oh baby, do I like that idea. And do we have any inkling whether the Dems will run a candidate or let Sanders have the field to himself? Looks like Dubie has some experience with three-way races, and I suppose that's what all Republicans should be praying for.

I want this seat bad.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at May 1, 2005 2:37 AM

Matt. Me too.

I lived in a liberal Vermont college town (are there any other kind?) for a very long time and I'd love to see a smart conservative senator begin to turn the state around.

Leahy, Sanders, Governors Madeleine Kunin and Howard Dean et al have turned the once proud Green Mountain men into welfare slaves. The non-tourists areas are Appalachia north. Those are the scenes you don't see beautifully photographed on the Vermont Life calendars.

Added attraction, the president could use another ally in the senate.

Posted by: erp at May 1, 2005 9:43 AM

Is Barbara Snelling still available?

Posted by: Jason Johnson at May 2, 2005 11:00 PM