Rep. Harry Chen, D-Mendon, has decided he won't run for lieutenant governor.
"I'm not going to do it," he said Tuesday. "I'm gratified I had a lot of people supporting me."
He admitted he had been tempted to run as a team with House Speaker Gaye Symington, who is the Democratic Party's candidate for governor. At the end of the day, or in this case the campaign trail, if he had been successful, he would have been back in Montpelier for another legislative session with all the same conflicts with his personal and professional life. That's why he had decided against running for re-election, he said, and also why he decided against seeking the lieutenant governor's job.
"I'm open to coming back and continuing in politics at some point," Chen said. "I think I made a difference."
So what Democrat is going to run for lieutenant governor? Anybody?
-- Nancy Remsen