In the wake of the nominating filings and the endless analysis you'll hear about them, I want to reassure my colleagues that we will still have joke candidates to watch at the statewide level. JV is correct in pointing out that there aren't many joke candidates out there, but the cupboard (or nut barrel?) is not completely bare.
In addition to perennial joke candidate Em Peyton, I count one joke candidate on the Democratic ballot.
Can we expect a series of heated debates in which Peter Shumlin is called upon to prove that he really was born in Brattleboro, on the right side of the river? Will it be questions about his bona fides as a Vermonter because his mother was born in the Netherlands?
Or will the candidacy of Mr. Paige meet the fate of most fringe candidates: little attention and fewer votes?
Stay tuned to find out, but I have a feeling that today's post might be the last thing you hear about Paige's candidacy.
No sooner did I post this than Christian Avard,an old friend of GMD, reminded me that we also have Cris Ericson running on the Marijuana Party ticket. We'll see if she uses this year's election to reprise her anti-semitic attacks on supporters of Israel she used when she was running for Senate in 2010.