February 14, 2006


GOP's Martha Rainville Declares for Congress (Wilson Ring, 2/14/06, Associated Press)

Gone was the Air Force uniform topped with stars and covered with ribbons. Gone too was the strain seen in Maj. Gen. Martha Rainville's face recently as she attended funerals or announced Vermont's latest Iraq casualty.

Instead, U.S. House candidate Martha Rainville appeared in civilian clothes yesterday and seemed slightly nervous when she first started speaking to a room packed with cheering supporters.

She quickly overcame her nervousness and warmed to the crowd as she spoke of her bid to become the next member of Vermont's congressional delegation.

A Republican, the adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard promised to work in Congress with people from both sides of the aisle and work to restore public confidence in an institution that has been marked by what she calls “finger pointing and bickering across party lines.”

“Progress comes when people rise above their own biases and personal agendas and commit to working cooperatively on solutions,” she said. “I believe my experience and success in fostering cooperation, building consensus and creating trust can serve Vermonters well in Congress.”

If the House GOP schedules a gun control vote, so they have a big stick with which to beat Bernie Sanders, they could sweep the statewide offices in VT this year.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2006 11:47 AM

Oh, don't tease me like that!

Posted by: Bryan at February 14, 2006 3:01 PM