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.
WestminsterMORE IN Letters
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont Gas Systems puts Phase 2 on hold as the latest estimate for Phase 1 takes a 27 percent leap upward, to a total of $157 million; U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin quits for job with private firm; police cite man in pot bust.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1972, Christmas bombing of North Vietnam ordered by President Richard Nixon, most lethal strikes of the war; in 1989, U.S. invades Panama to depose, arrest and charge Gen. Manuel Noriega with drug trafficking, racketeering.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Gov. Peter Shumlin announces demise of his single-payer health insurance initiative; convicted first-degree murderer Alan Prue sentenced to 50 years for killing teacher Melissa Jenkins; veterans chafed about park naming snub.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 497 BC, first Saturnalia festival celebrated in Rome, Scandinavians retain 'Yule Goat' as symbol of season, Krampus, evil side of holiday cheer, terrorizes children into better behavior, more advice from Christopher Hitchens.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 533 AD, Byzantine Emperor Justinian I gets the old empire back together again routing the Vandals from Carthage; in 1890, Lakota Chief Sitting Bull is killed at his home in South Dakota; in 1970, Soviets land probe on Venus.
- DUANE CARLETON: Rutland Herald Events Editor George Nostrand interviews musician Duane Carleton, whose new CD 'A GIRL LIKE THAT' drops Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, and will be celebrated that evening with a show at 9:30 p.m. at Killington's Pickle Barrel.