Don't look for a Republican candidate to file papers to fun against Rep. Peter Welch
, D-Vt. on Monday. Tayt
Brooks, new executive director of the Vermont Republican Party, said it would be unlikely someone would be recruited over the weekend to fill that slot on the ballot.
There will be other vacancies on the statewide Republican ticket as of Monday: treasurer and auditor, Brooks said.
will run again for attorney general. She ran in 2006, but was bumped out in a Republican primary by Dennis Carver -- who went on to lose to Democratic incumbent Bill Sorrell
The new Republican face on the statewide ballot will be Eugene Bifano
of Warren. Brooks said Bifano would challenge Secretary of State Deb Markowitz
, the Democratic incumbent.
We know that two Democrats will turn in papers to run for lieutenant governor -- Nate Freeman and Tom Costello -- setting up a primary to decide which will face Republican incumbent Brian Dubie. Costello and Freeman will have a fun August.
Will there be any surprises on the statewide ticket? We'll have to wait to Monday evening to find out.
-- Nancy Remsen