Peter Welch stands with Bernie

I, like many Vermonters, found Peter Shumlin’s and Pat Leahy’s extremely early endorsement of Hillary Clinton disappointing.

Coming as early as they did, those endorsements rang of quid pro quo for campaign support from the powerful Clinton bloc, or currying political favor with the presumptive nominee.

They also carried the distinct message, “ he’s not with us.”

To some this was an unnecessarily disloyal thing to do, since Bernie Sanders has, with few exceptions, pulled with the Democratic “team” since being sent to Congress, and more than given back to the others’ campaigns from his own well of regional popularity.

I immediately credited Peter Welch for shrewd independence and character under the circumstances.

His endorsement for Bernie coming now, at some distance from Shumlin’s and Leahy’s rush to declare, not only casts a positive light on Welch’s own greater discretion, but it gives him valuable cache amongst the groundswell of young voters who have been attracted to the race in support of Sanders.

Congratulations, Congressman Welch, and thank you for giving me another good reason to celebrate your service to your constituents.

About Sue Prent

Artist/Writer/Activist living in St. Albans, Vermont with my husband since 1983. I was born in Chicago; moved to Montreal in 1969; lived there and in Berlin, W. Germany until we finally settled in St. Albans.

2 thoughts on “Peter Welch stands with Bernie

  1. Got to appreciate the many implications Peter Welch must have considered before this endorsement. Welch’s fellow congress-critter Louie Gohmert offered a few considered thoughts on Bernie Sander’s popularity earlier this month that may preview the foolish attacks Sanders may have to endure should he win the Democratic nomination.

    Heeere’s Gohmert:

    “[…] we let some of the hippies from the ‘60s” influence the education system. Gohmert said, “and teaching them how great socialism is and just rewriting history and keeping them from realizing socialism has never worked, it will never work in this world, in this life, because if you’re going to pay everybody the same thing then they’re going to quit working.”
    He added that the survival of the country is “really hanging in the balance.”

    And …Gohmert won more than 75% of his district’s votes in 2014. in the past he has gotten as high as 89%. – Maybe it is just the gerrymandering ,but never underestimate stupid.

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