Sen. Ed Flanagan, D-Chittenden
, has made it official -- he's not just thinking of running for lieutenant governor, he's running.
He said in a telephone interview that he plans a statewide tour next week -- then he'll do his campaigning behind the scenes until after the 2010 legislative session.
Why is he running? "Because I think the office isn't being used to promote economic recovery and to reach out to working Vermonters."
Nothing against Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie
as a person, Flanagan added. "We get along very well, but I don't think he has used the office as it could potentially be used."
Flanagan said his eight years as state auditor and five in the state senate give him a good mix of skills for the office of lieutenant governor -- a job that has one foot in the legislature and another in the executive branch.
Flanagan was seriously injured in a car accident in 2005 and rarely sits long in the Senate chamber or committees, presumably because of discomfort. Still, Wednesday
, he declared, "I'm totally recovered. I feel perfectly fine."Dubie
has deflected speculation about his political plans, saying it's too early to talk about the November 2010 election.
House Democratic Leader Floyd Nease
of Johnson has said he is considering a run for the office. He couldn't be reached Wednesday to find out if he has made up his mind yet.
is in, then he and Flanagan will face off in a primary about 15 months from now.
So why did Flanagan announce so early? "I just wanted to get out there and let everyone know what I'm doing."
-- Nancy Remsen