Randy Brock finally decided what office to run for this fall -- a Franklin County Senate seat.
All the fun of a rematch with Tom Salmon evaporated when Salmon, who squeaked out victory over Brock in 2006, was deployed to Afghanistan.
“Although I seriously considered a bid for auditor this year, I decided that it would not be appropriate to run against someone who was serving his country in a combat zone and who would be unable to campaign,” Brock said. “I also feel that I could be of greater service in the Senate, where I could work on crafting solutions to Vermont’s fiscal crisis.”
Brock will be challenging Democratic incumbents Don Collins and Sara Kittell
. Senate races in Franklin County are always interesting and competitive and this one is now guaranteed to be both. I hope Brock works on his milking skills, because that could be one challenge.
In a press statement announcing Brock's decision, the Vermont Republican Party had him using a phrase that must have scored some points in a focus group or poll because Republican legislative incumbents and hopefuls keep using it. Pick out that word in the following quote:
Brock accused legislative leaders of misdirecting their priorities on what he called “boutique
issues,” like non-binding impeachment resolutions or trying to decriminalize marijuana while criminalizing advertising “puppies for sale” without a license.
Brock served a single term as auditor, ousting Democrat Elizabeth Ready in 2004.
He's lived in Swanton
for 22 years, although he was a long-distance commuter to Boston before he retired from Fidelity Investments in 2003. He and his wife, Andrea, have one daughter.
He graduated from Middlebury
College -- but before Jim Douglas did. He has a masters degree from Yale. He's a Vietnam veteran.
So who -- if anyone -- will run from the Republican Party for auditor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general, Congress? In about 19 days, we will know.
-- Nancy Remsen