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Leaf-peeping politicos

It is as if they are hovering over Vermont airspace, lined up and ready to land. Political figures from Oregon to New Jersey are headed to the Green Mountain State to help out the Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. House. 
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer from Portland, Ore., will be here Thursday to spend the day with Democrat Peter Welch. They will, among other things, visit a Charlotte farm and attend a global warming forum in Middlebury. Blumenauer is not exactly a tip-of-the-tongue name, but Welch’s campaign said it’s a good chance to show off Vermont farming to a congressman from elsewhere who might have some sway on the issue. 
Christie Todd Whitman, former New Jersey governor and former Environmental Protection Agency head who runs a political action committee called It's My Party Too, will campaign for Republican Martha Rainville on Oct. 16. A trip to Stowe is on the agenda. Whitman's PAC lists Rainville and Gov. Jim Douglas as "supported candidates," but says Vermont has no state PAC captain.
Robert Kennedy Jr., prosecuting attorney for the environmental organization Riverkeeper, will join Welch at an environmental rally at the University of Vermont on Oct. 13. 
Perhaps it’s an easy sell to lure a politician from elsewhere to Vermont the first half of October. Will they still be coming when all the leaves are gone and before the snow flies? 
— Terri Hallenbeck

Terri - Christie Todd Whitman may also be coming here on behalf of The WISH List - the republican version of the democrat's EMILY's List. WISH is endorsing and seeking funding support for Martha Rainville (links below). WISH supported Christie beginning in 1993. Also below is some interesting info from the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers. While most people are aware that Vermont has never elected a woman to either the U.S. House or Senate, we are among only five states in the U.S. - Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, and New Hampshire - that hold the same distinction.
Here are the links referenced in my previous reply:

WISH endorsement for Martha Rainville:


WISH List generally:


Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics:

No big surprise that the out of state interests are flocking to Vermont. For the first time in many years, we actually have a race for the House with a Democrat and Republican, so both parties want the seat being vacated by Sanders. Remember, the last time we had an interesting House race (1990), President Bush (the elder)came to the aid of Peter Smith. In typical Smith style, he bashed the President, alienating the national Republican party, and lost the election. Luckily, no one wants the current President Bush anywhere near their campaign this year!
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