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Bishop moves to chamber

Betsy Bishop, who late last year moved from the governor's office to head the Economic Development Department, is leaving state government to head the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Bishop is one of Gov. Jim Douglas' original core staffers, serving on the transition team when he was elected in 2002. For Bishop, this is a return to a former employer.

It's hard to keep a team together forever. Who does Douglas choose to replace her?

- Terri Hallenbeck

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Betsy Bishop has been a political appointee who was always approachable and willing to listen. She should bring a new realism to the Vermont Chamber. Maybe the thinking business community has actually taken over that organization? Nice change!
It's the Vermont GOP network taking care of its friends. Torti got a nice gig too. The Chamber is like a giant roll of Charmin waiting to softly catch fallen Douglas disciples.
At least she didn't leave to go to work for WCAX
He should leave the job vacant. We can't afford to replace her.
I'm sure the Governor had veto over this Chamber appointment.

After all, he needs another mouthpiece supporting him.
Another A+ staffer leaves the Douglas team. Just another sign that he is done.

So, who will be the R nominee for Governor?
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