The Burlington Democratic Party would love to oust Kurt Wright, Republican representative in House District 3-1 and lone Republican representing the city in the Statehouse. Fair enough.
Democrats have two candidates -- incumbent Bill Aswad
and challenger Joanna Cole.
What's interesting is that they plan to encourage voters to consider whether Wright has ambitions to become mayor of Burlington -- challenging Progressive Mayor Bob Kiss in the March race.
In a statement released Tuesday, Jake Perkinson
, chairman of the Burlington Democratic Committee, takes aim at the Kiss administration and Wright in the same paragraph.
"With the anemic performance of the current administration and its bungled management of the affairs of the city, the Burlington mayoral race is sure to be one attracting many candidates resulting in a demanding campaign for everyone involved. Consequently, voters deserve to know if Kurt Wright's ability to represent them is going to be compromised by a run for mayor."Perkinson
says Wright "needs to let voters know if he is committed to serving them in the Statehouse." Or, like Kiss, who was a legislator when he ran and won the mayor's job, would Wright "abandon them mid-term in a attempt to secure the mayor's office?"
Interesting campaign tactic. Will is resonate?
-- Nancy Remsen