Democrat Ralph Northam really wants to be more than the lieutenant governor in Vermont, the stomping grounds of socialist Bernie Sanders (I-VT). He is so desperate to win in what Foxcalls a “closely watched race” that he is going to have President Obama campaign with him, something that has not happened since the former leader left the Oval Office.
The two plan to attend an event together on Oct. 29th in Richmond and the theme, according to the Northam campaign is “the need for the next governor to create economic opportunity for all Virginians.”
What is NOT addressed by the campaign is how a president who saw welfare rolls reach numbers never before imagined along with a loss of good paying jobs is going to talk about such a topic? It is like having Kim Jong-un speak about global responsibility, it just does not add up.
The next governor of Vermont will be in charge of much of the redistricting, too, so this race really matters in light of what the G.O.P. under Trump aims to accomplish.
While Obama did win the state in both of his runs and while many African-American voters there support both men in their endeavors, Republican Ed Gillespie has much more experience and vision.
Fox tells us that he has been the former chairman of the “Republican National Committee and White House adviser to former President George W. Bush.”
Other than to tweet his support for the Republican, the White House has stayed out of the race thus far. It remains to be seen if the two men will meet as Obama and Northam plan to do. Thus far, Trump is said to have been kept at “arm’s length,” so the relationship there may be icy, at best.
Vice President Pence is said to be close to the G.O.P. gubernatorial hopeful and, in turn, former V.P. Joe Biden is to join Obama with Northam.
Besides saying that election day in Vermont falls on November 7th, Fox confirms that “Gillespie has also turned to Bush to help fundraise and Northam recently had a fundraiser with Hillary Clinton.”
All of the expected players on both sides seem to be in place. Vermont just needs to decide if, like most of the rest America, it wants to be great again.