Another “timely(?)” exit from the Senate is Don Collins of Franklin County.
It was announced yesterday in the Messenger that the long-time senator from St. Albans, who returned after a previous retirement to serve one last term, apparently has had enough of Montpelier and plans instead to concentrate on local education issues.
Collins was one of a list of Democratic senators that Republicans rather grandly announced they would be “targetting” this year.
I rather hope this wasn’t the only reason he stepped aside. Given the remarkably flabby performance of Vermont’s Republican strategists in recent years, that beast don’t got no teeth.
Be that as it may, we’re down to just one Democratic hopeful from Franklin County, Bill Roberts, who is something of a dark horse. He only recently announced as a Democrat and, as an anesthesiologist
and part-time home redeveloper, he has the cash to stand the campaign.
His focus seems to be on addressing drug and alcohol abuse, a great way to reach the folks of St. Albans who have recently felt the awkward stare of national media around that issue.