I’m a little behind the curve this month, but I have one final question to pose before the New Year. It goes out to my fellow Progressive, Tim Ashe:
Why in heaven’s name did you nominate Dick Mazza to yet again chair the all-powerful Committee on Committees?
It certainly couldn’t be because he is so uniquely qualified to make committee assignments.
Appointing Bob Hartwell, a climate change denying Republican to chair the Natural Resources and Energy Committee in 2013 does not speak well of his judgement in such matters.
If certainly couldn’t be a reward for Mazza’s loyalty to the Democratic/Progressive agenda, as he has energetically come out for Brian Dubie, Phil Scott and other Republicans as they challenged Democratic/Progressive hopefuls and incumbents throughout the years.
Mazza has already had more than his share of opportunities to chair the C on C, so it can’t be for reasons of good sportsmanship.
There has been quite a history of speculation on Green Mountain Daily about why Senator Mazza’s persistent disloyalty and ideological peculiarities haven’t already disqualified him, years ago.
You should know that some folks will inevitably see a connection between your inexplicable endorsement of Mazza and your own appointment by the C on C to the
plum post as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
So I’m putting it out there for a reasonable explanation.
I hope you have one.