The vote for Governor

      A number of you called or emailed me to urge me to vote for Peter Shumlin or Scott Milne. I have know them both for approximately the same length of time and respect each for his abilities. I share many of the recent disappointments that callers have expressed.

     That said, it is important to recognize whether the next two years are either a successful or a failure will be as much the responsibility of the Legislature as the Governor's. No bills reach the Governor's desk that hasn't first passed both House and Senate. Why does this matter?

     In developing legislation, we work closely with the Governor's appointed Secretaries, Commissioners and the like. That is where much of the work is done, and success is in large part a function of our ability to work well together. I have excellent working relationships with Governor Shumlin's executive staff. We are able to bounce ideas off each other in a manner that is mutually constructive and frequently non-partisan. The Vermont House will be setting its own agenda that may not always coincide with the Governor's. All the issues that were raised leading up to the election remain with us and must be addressed. In working them through, working closely with each other will be key.

     However, when I spoke with Scott Milne about who he would appoint and why, he was as vague as his campaign. That didn't provide any assurance to me that he would appoint quality people with the ability to think on their feet or with whom the legislature could work effectively.

     Finally, the voters of this district voted for Peter Shumlin by a wide margin. Whether we all share the same logic or not, I voted for Peter Shumlin on Thursday and did not hesitate to do so.

     Feel free to contact me if you have further questions or concerns,

                 Jim

Representative Jim Masland
Thetford Center, VT
(802) 785-4146
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