Most Vermonters agree that elected offices should not be bought and sold, especially the money offices, treasurer and auditor. Yet one wealthy Vermonter, Lenore Broughten, has poured over $600,000 into a Republican super PAC this year, especially targeting these offices.
I support Beth Pearce for treasurer because she’s done a good job and has years of experience working with an outstanding treasurer, Jeb Spaulding. I support Doug Hoffer because he’s smart as a whip and has worked in the auditor’s office in the past.
But I also support them because these, of all offices, need to be free of the taint of big money, and the dumbed down politics it buys. Pearce’s opponent, Wendy Wilton, has insinuated that the treasurer is less than committed to Vermont because she’s a renter, not a homeowner. That’s pathetic, but Wilton’s candidacy can survive this stupidity by floating on Broughten’s river of cash.
If we let it. I think we’d better not. Let’s slap down this intrusion of big money politics, before it gets more of a toehold in Vermont. We have excellent candidates in Pearce and Hoffer. Supporting them is a win-win for all of us.
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