I see from reading the fine print of a recent story by the Freeploid’s Terri Hallenbeck that there’s a new Republican hopeful for State Senate from Chittenden County. The candidate’s name rang a faint bell in my mind: Joy Limoge.
(Late add: VTDigger first mentioned Limoge’s candidacy a few days ago, in a lengthy list of declared hopefuls for the House and Senate.)
So I did a little searching, and found one of my own GMD diaries from June 2013. Limoge was the real-estate attorney who teamed up with VTGOP Vice Chair Brady Toensing to represent, pro bono, Jeremy Dodge in his land dispute with Governor Shumlin. At the time, I wondered if the partisan pair would try to stretch out the case as long as possible, to maximize the damage to Shumlin. But as it turned out, the case was settled quietly and reasonably. So, no blame accrues to Limoge for that little escapade.
What I can blame her for is a truly amateurish campaign website. The homepage features a swoopy representation of the American flag’s red-and-white stripes with bright spangly stars strewn about. Her visage floats in the blue space above the stripes and stars. And below is the simple motto, “WE NEED JOY!”
As a general principle I agree, but I mean the state of being, not the Republican lawyer.
But the real disgrace is in the opening paragraph of her candidate’s statement.
I do not undertake this effort lightly but with an increasing lack of a unified state government and my deepening involvement with our community, it has pushed me to become the “change I desire” and run for office.
I kid you not.
To put it charitably, perhaps this is a sign that Limoge is progressive on immigration issues, since English is apparently not her first language. I mean, no matter how many times I read that, I don’t know what the fuck she’s talking about.
The verbal overgrowth continues with “As an attorney, I am involved in transactional dealings on a daily basis.” Nice to know.
Below that are some relatively coherent paragraphs in which she presents herself as “a moderate, pragmatic problem solver,” which is the only kind of Republican who can hope to win in Chittenden County. She then bravely asserts that “I care for the people of Chittenden County and Vermont,” which beats hell out of being a sociopath. And finally, a bit more Spanglish (or whatever her native dialect might be):
I am a listener and I will continue to listen to all of the people of Chittenden County making their voices heard in Montpelier.
Y’know, the national GOP has held workshops in How Not To Piss Off Women. Maybe the state GOP needs a refresher course on High School English Composition.
Oh, one other piece of flotsam that turned up in my Google search. Last November, VTDigger posted a story about possible changes in property tax exemptions. The Comments section was filled with the usual angry complaints about taxation… plus this odd little item from Ms. Limoge:
And the students are allowed to vote! Why in the world would you allow students to vote on these issues when many of them will not remain in this State to see the destruction their votes have caused!
Not that her candidacy is likely to go anywhere in the state’s most liberal county, but if she should become a credible candidate, perhaps some enterprising journalist can ask her if she really wants to take the franchise away from students.