Gerald Malloy: My pledge to Vermonters as their U.S. senator

This commentary is by Gerald Malloy, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

One of the benefits of living in one of the smallest populated states in the nation like Vermont should be accessibility, direct contact and engagement with our elected officials, including our two United States senators and our single House representative.

However, when constituents try to reach Senators Leahy and Sanders, or even Representative Welch, most of the time they never get the opportunity to talk to them directly. What happens too often is that their telephone calls, emails, and any other attempt for an in-person meeting or communication are vetted by a third party such as their staff members and handlers.

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This is why these officials, in large measures, are out-of-touch with the people, and one of the reasons why the federal government is a huge turnoff for many Vermont constituents who try to navigate it.

When officials lose sight and knowledge of their own people, well, they forget that they’re supposed to be working for the people. It is their job to engage with and materialize the true interests and will of their Vermont residents, and stay connected. As a Vermont parent with three children in Vermont schools, I am not disconnected from the challenges Vermonters currently face.

I pledge that when I am elected U.S. senator, there will be full accountability and transparency. My first and foremost priority will be personally meeting and communicating with Vermonters who have any specific requests or issues. Additionally, when I am in one of my offices, I will work hard to make sure that my door is always open so any Vermonter will be able to see firsthand what is going on and what changes are being made (instead of a traditional closed-door, off-limits, prohibitive syndrome).

Furthermore, the names of all my staff members, together with their photos, titles, e-mails and phone numbers, will be readily and easily available. At the present time, this is not the case for many of these people working in the offices of Leahy, Sanders, and Welch, as they are often difficult to identify.

I also pledge that if there is a meeting request made by an industry or special interest group, it will have to originate through a Vermont resident, not some random entity with no regard for the state or the people’s interest.

My goal will be to make personal visits at least once a year to every county in the State of Vermont — not just to present speeches like Leahy, Sanders, and Welch, but also to listen and learn about the needs and concerns of Vermonters.

I also promise to operate an office in the southern part of Vermont (in addition to one in the north). It is unfair to expect a Vermonter to have to travel several hours for a meeting with their U.S. senator.

I am a Vermont citizen and I understand the frustration and disappointment of so many Vermonters who have tried to reach out to Leahy, Sanders, or Welch about an issue, concern, or general desire, only to be discouraged by an indifferent response, or worst case, even no response at all. My priority as your U.S. senator will be to correct and improve upon this process of communication, to be fully accessible in serving all Vermonters.

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13 thoughts on “Gerald Malloy: My pledge to Vermonters as their U.S. senator

  1. Linda Kirker

    Finally, the citizens of Vermont have an opportunity to elect a U.S. Senator who will listen to the people of our State and will truly represent “We the People”. Gerald Malloy served our nation in the U.S. Army for 22 years and he will honorably serve us in the U.S. Senate. We Vermonters are blessed to have a unique opportunity to truly be heard and represented by Gerald Malloy in the U.S.Senate .
    Let’s elect Gerald Malloy to be Vermont’s next U.S. Senator !!

  2. I support Gerald Malloy the only trustworthy candidate. 60 %of Vermont Voters are in some kind of comatose state They don’t even investigate or seek out the truth of what’s going on . Wake Up !
    Vote Gerald Malloy !

  3. Honestly Gerald, i wouldnt care if you were peewee herman. Get that dirty, wrotten, crooked, good for nothing peter welch out of office now! Thank you for your service sir.

  4. We Christians are standing behind you Gerald Malloy praying you will be elected. We Need you to turn Vermont around. May people’s eyes be opened to your trustworthiness your honesty, you really care.

  5. This sounds like a good man.
    I think at the end of the day, just being heard makes a huge difference in the lives of struggling people.
    Frankly, I would think that traveling around the state and meeting people would be the best part of the job.
    That these other Senators stay holed up and unreachable by people is pretty telling.. it’s telling us they don’t wanna hear it. And that is not a sign of a job well done at all.
    When you know you are doing well, and more importantly, doing right by the people, you have an entirely different attitude.

  6. Vermont needs a proven leader like Gerald Malloy, who has served this country for years,
    and is willing to step up again, you cannot say that about Peter Welch, all he has served,
    is the lobbyist for his party, and Vermont has taken a back seat for years, just check his
    record in congress !!!

    Peter Welch, is only a follower, no leader ……………………. Wake up, people.

  7. I grew up in Vermont in Montpelier. my Dad loved Vermont and did a great deal to help Vermont and individual Vermonters during his lifetime. He knew Senator Aiken and Senator Stafford and Senator Prouty for decades. He helped elect several Republican Governors and knew many others for years. I graduated from high school with the nephew of Goveror Dean Davis ( Dad knew him too). It was a different time, a better time, a more caring time, a more honest, safe, and prosperous time. I am sure Dad would heartily agree with Gerald Malloy and happily support him if Dad were still with us. Vermont needs to return to caring for ALL its citizens and residents, and LISTEN to them, not just to those with connections in DC and others in power who only care about you and your views on Election Day.

    • I am also a “Green Mountain Boy” and remember the Vermont you speak of. The invasion of progressive, carpetbaggers ruined Vermont by taking control of our government and institutions. I never wanted to leave Vermont. I raised my family and didn’t care about being rich or famous. I just loved being in Vermont away from the confusion, crime and restrictions of the other states. A place where children could be raised in safety and could learn individuality and respect for others. Vermont was governed by conservatives for 109 years before the likes of Phil Hoff, Tom Salmon, Madelyn Kunin and Howard Dean, all implants from out of state. Kunin was a product of Switzerland, a foreign land of socialism. She changed the landscape by turning Vermont into the welfare state ii is today. Add to this, 9 years of Howard Dean the failed presidential candidate who claimed to balance Vermont’s budget but in fact transferred the transportation and retirement funds to make it look like he was a financial wizard. That was the start pf kicking the can down the road and the shortfall of Vermont’s retirement funds and our infrastructure. There’s so much more that could be exposed as to why Vermont has failed from decades of poor leadership. The new influx of voters came to Vermont to escape the turmoil of other places only to vote and change Vermont into what they had escaped from. I miss Vermont and I haven’t moved. I live now in a mini-California created by Dem/prog invader politicians, RINO republicans and the likes of misguided current governors Peter Shumlin and Phil Scott a republican in name only who voted for and supports Joe Biden. This year it is up to the Voters to really see where we are, where we’ve been and where we are headed. The voters have destroyed the Vermont I lived in as a youth, a young adult, as a family man, an individual and a Green Mountain Boy. My only remaining wish as an older man now is to see the state return to its former self. No, it wasn’t perfect back then, but it was a hell of a lot better than now. Vote wisely, throw away your old labels., your affiliations, your pride, your misconceptions of what you think you believe and vote to halt this massive waste of money. The planet is not sick, the green new deal is a farce, climate change is a money swamp of bad ideas by dishonest lobbyists and politicians, the schools are not teaching they are indoctrinating, the current government has censored and lied about the experimental vaccine, and we are no longer represented in the legislature. I’ve lived here and seen these changes and it is time to TAKE BACK VERMONT from those who have destroyed a once beautiful place to live, work, recreate, raise a family and most of all TO BE FREE. VOTE WISELY, LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT, BECAUSE IT DOES.

      • Dano,

        Thank you for saying what needs to be said.

        I loved Vermont and remained here for the same reasons.

        Money was never the driving factor in my life.

        The love of the outdoors and the freedom we used to enjoy could never be bought.

        And here we sit with our state being destroyed by those who claim to represent us as we lose those freedoms.

        I have met Gerald and he is a wonderful gentleman who would love to redeem us from this destructive government.

        We need to research every candidate before we decide to place a vote for them.

        Our freedoms are on the line.

  8. I’m not a fan of Bernie but have a lot of positive comments about his office being helpful. Nothing positive about Welch.

    • Maybe so, but it wasn’t because of the kindness of his heart. He used his office and staff to create more votes for his failed ideology. Bernie doesn’t read letters sent to him, his staff responds and sends canned form letters for every issue. Why was a US senator in England helping to form unions? Bernie cares about socialism and Bernie. He was a founding member of the communist Liberty Union Party of Vermont. He had to drop some of his radical ideas to finally win election as mayor of Burlington by 10 votes. Now look at Burlington!

  9. This is what the people have been waiting for – a concerned leader who is committed to the people of his State and not committed to lobbyists or out of State big donors or the DC establishment. I have met Gerald Malloy and he is very easy to talk with and he has good common sense, something that is generally missing from most politicians.
    He will be a breath of fresh air in the US Senate and a much needed voice for all Vermonters.
    Vote him in!!!

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