A crowd of same-sex marriage opponents gathered outside the governor's Statehouse office as he was beginning his news conference this afternoon and chanted, "Thank you, Jim."
Of the perhaps 100 or so who converged, about 20 were allowed into the office. A few murmured comments of support for the governor as he talked about the importance of the budget and economy.
Thank you, Jim, of course, is a borrowed phrase. Rep. Heidi Scheuermann
, a Republican from Stowe, was walking down memory lane over its creation when she was on Sen. Jim Jeffords
' staff. Thanks, Jim was a campaign phrase, then when he switched out of the Republican Party, those who were happy about that produced bumper stickers saying Thanks, Jim.
- Terri Hallenbeck