This letter is by Anya Tynio, of West Charleston. She was a GOP candidate for U.S. House in the Aug. 9 primary election.
Since the Primary I have received countless requests from Vermonters to find a solution to the disastrous result of the Republican House race. After investigating and seeking counsel the conclusion is that there is no further recourse for us in this election. Unfortunately Liam Madden has reneged on his promise to run as Independent in the general election. I always doubted that he intended to keep his word to the voters and since he never filed the necessary paperwork to do so that doubt was validated.
Time has shown that I was the only Republican running in this race and anyone with all the facts would know that I most certainly had a right to run as a Republican. Therefore I disagree with the implication by Paul Dame that I hold some level of blame for this outcome. In reality Paul Dame failed to inform voters of candidate deception, opting instead to underestimate the consequences of Madden’s bid for office. He has now publicly blamed me and Ericka Redic for his failure, a narrative being perpetuated by media outlets on both the left and right. Chairman Dame had a responsibility to the Republicans in this state which was not upheld. We need to be following the example of the National Republican Party, who steadfastly uphold conservative values and unite to promote conservative candidates. This resulted in a sweeping win across America, with the exception of Vermont.
As much as I wish to continue fighting the hijacking of our Republican election by an Independent, I will instead turn my energy to promoting conservative candidates and speaking out against the socialist politics of this state.
Thank you to everyone who voted for me and supported my campaign. For your sake I wish the outcome had been different.
God bless you all,
West Charleston, Vermont