So, accused rapist/sex trafficker Norm McAllister will remain on the Republican primary ballot for senator even though his petition has been found to be deficient. I hear fellow Republican candidate Carolyn Branagan’s cry of indignation and I share it!
Mr McAllister must be some sort of human detector for weaknesses in Vermont’s judiciary and legislative systems.
So far, he has succeeded in exploiting no less than five significant failures, and he hasn’t even come to trial yet to face accusations made by two more women.
1) The lack of meaningful protections for the vulnerable in the private workplace.
2) An apparent culture of “don’t ask; don’t tell” in the statehouse, where the extreme youth
of Mr. McAllister’s omnipresent ‘intern’ should have raised concerns and led to timely interventions.
3) The lack of a meaningful ethics policy governing legislators.
4) The lack of adequate provision in court for the PTSD disability common to victims of sexual abuse.
5) The lack of effective vetting practices to validate candidate petitions.
I’m sure there are more, but these spring most quickly to mind. Do not look for a grasp of reality anytime soon from this man because both Franklin County and the state of Vermont have yet to demonstrate any ability to bring his arrogance and his appetites to heel.