Given that the Free Press most recently endorsed Jim Douglas for governor, this has to be a major blow to Dubie, especially given that the free Press endorsed both Scott and Gibbs, but not the top of the ticket.
I’ll start with Hoffer:
Hoffer understands the importance of public accountability in government, and the key to that accountability is public access to information. He sees secrecy as the breeding ground for government waste and inefficiency. Hoffer can make his mark as auditor by exposing what closed government is costing the people of Vermont.
I don’t say this a lot about Free Press editorials, but I agree fully.
On to Shumlin:
In politics, the safe route is to stick to generalities and avoid leaving a public trail that could come back to haunt a candidate. In the general election campaign, Shumlin’s willingness to speak out on contentious issues and talk about specifics of his platform leaves him open to equally specific criticism. He has been direct. Again, this is part of being open and accessible as a representative of the people.
The piece ends with:
Vermont needs a doer.
Peter Shumlin of Putney will be that governor.
For Dubie, that’s got to really sting.
Quite recently I was talking to a friend of mine about Dubie and we were asking “what’s he actually claim to have accomplished.”
Every politician in the world manages to make up some sort of stuff on their web site about what they’ve done. Dubie, however, avoids this. He talks about his 3-point (I’m rounding down) “plan,” which I still think can be best summarized as follows:
But the sum total of what he has actually accomplished as Lt. Governor? I can’t find much of anything. He talks about committees he’s on that have accomplished a few things, but when it comes to anything that he’s really done?
The shallowness of that well is, quite frankly, astonishing.