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Markowitz hires manager for her gubernatorial campaign

Deb Markowitz has hired Paul Tencher, 29, a Rhode Island native, to run her gubernatorial campaign. Tencher begins Oct. 12.

He currently works as communications director for Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, D-OH, but he said he's ready to leave the polarized world of DC. He's only worked for Kilroy since January.

He has experience on several campaigns, successful and unsuccessful. He worked for a Missouri Democratic congressional candidate who lost in 2008. Earlier he worked for the Rhode Island lieutenant governor, helping her win a primary and then an election. He served as her chief of staff for a year.

Tencher must like a challenge, because Markowitz is far from alone in her desire to run for governor. Other Democrats in the race or giving it serious consideration include Sen. Doug Racine, D-Chittenden; Sen. Susan Bartlett, D-Lamoille; perhaps Sen. Peter Shumlin, D-Windham, and maybe former Sen. Matt Dunne of Windsor, now with Google.

That's just the Democratic competition. We all await word whether Brian Dubie will choose to be the Republican candidate or if there will end up being a free-for-all primary fight there, too.

-- Nancy Remsen

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First order of business: make deb look interesting.
Anthony For Governor
I wonder if she supports the heavy marketing from the State of Vermont to "Buy Local" ????? Hired an out of stater........
Anthony who?

Anthony "I've run for statewide office 4 times and lost every time, whether it's been Democrat, Progressive, or Independent" Pollina?

You mean THAT Anthony?
What she couldn't have hired somebody in Vermont to run her campaign.

There are plenty of people in Vermont who need work and I'm sure they would know the political situation better than some 29year old from Rhode Island.
Abraham Lincoln ran for office eight times before winning.
With all due respect, Anthony Pollina is no Abraham Lincoln
Deb is not from Vermont - why would she hire from Vermont?
The Dems got to get it together and decide who should run. Otherwise, Tom Salmon is going to be our next gov.
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