Military veteran Gerald Malloy this week increased his chances of winning the upcoming GOP primary, as presumed front-runner Christina Nolan missed two debates, and a poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire showed Malloy leading his top Republican challenger by 6 percentage points.
According to the UNH survey, 30% of likely Republican primary voters would choose Malloy while 24% would vote for Nolan. Another 3% would vote for investment banker Myers Mermel. However, 42% of those surveyed said they are undecided.
Nolan, who has the backing of former Gov. Jim Douglas, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Gov. Phil Scott, missed debates on Friday and Saturday.
The race will be decided in the upcoming Aug. 9 primary election.
On Friday, during an online debate hosted by VTDigger, both Malloy and Mermel touted traditional conservative values and shared their significant backgrounds in business.
“My platform is to get back to abiding by the Constitution, and get back to promoting economic prosperity, and to get back to security and defense and order,” Malloy said.
Malloy has 42 years of professional experience, including 20 years serving in the U.S. Military. He is a West Point graduate and a combat veteran. He also has a master’s degree in business administration and a graduate certificate from Georgetown University.
Malloy said his work in Washington, D.C., over the past decade would help him be a leader in the U.S. Senate.
“I’ve worked with our 20 NATO partners and allies and also worked in 20 different presidential disaster declarations,” he said. “For the last 11 years-plus I’ve been in business development positions, mostly in the Washington, D.C., area providing services to mostly the U.S. government.
Malloy called for the nation to strive for independence in energy, technology and agriculture.
“I want to achieve oil and gas independence, future energy independence, critical technology, and food independence,” he said.
He added that in the last 19 months he’s seen “unconstitutional mandates and initiatives and executive orders.”
“If I were to take this position as U.S. senator, I would instill some discipline back to the oath [of office],” Malloy said. “I want to go back to actually Congress making laws, not OSHA or the EPA or Dr. Fauci. Congress makes the laws.”
Mermel also boasts strong experience and convictions. In addition to his 35 years of business experience, he was a White House intern under George W. Bush and also worked on GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s campaign in 2012. Huckabee has since endorsed Mermel.
“I’m a conservative, I’m fighting to be the voice of low and moderate-income Vermonters who’ve been penalized by economic policies from the left,” Mermel said. “And my particular expertise that I bring to bear at the Senate level is 35 years of business experience. This business experience will allow me to combat the biggest issues that are facing Vermonters today, the biggest issues are the economy, inflation, and violent crime.”
Mermel holds a master’s degree in American History from Columbia and another in theology from Yale. Much of his business experience includes the relocation of jobs.
“I’ve been responsible for the relocation of over 300,000 jobs over the course of my career, which is almost half the population of Vermont,” he said. “… One of the things that I want to pursue is the federal microchip fabrication plant which our current Senators Sanders and Leahy have ignored. It’s a $2 to $8 billion investment which could allow us to build literally thousands of new jobs in the south and north of Vermont.”
True North Reports asked Malloy and Mermel what they would do to address rising crime across the nation.
“I will support our law enforcement community, I do not want to remove qualified immunity — I think that’s important,” Malloy said. “What I would am looking for is to get back to the vision of our Founding Fathers of limited government — but just enough order that all Vermonters can enjoy the liberty and freedoms and rights of the Constitution.”
Mermel said he would be good for police and tough on crime, and he pointed to op-eds that he’s written for True North Reports. In his commentaries, Mermel has focused on the issues of qualified immunity for police officers and on how shortcomings by the U.S. Department of Justice are undermining police efforts here in Vermont.
“In terms of our law enforcement, obviously I’m behind them 100% in the enforcement of their duties,” Mermel said. “I want to make sure that it’s an equal and fair justice system, which I believe we do have. I don’t think we need to dismantle our law enforcement community in order to provide criminal justice.”
Mermel commented on Nolan’s absence, too, which, he says, is becoming a pattern.
“I have seen that she has not been present on the campaign trail for the past 10 days, and it’s important that candidates answer questions in the public,” he said.
Michael Bielawski is a reporter for True North. Send him news tips at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @TrueNorthMikeB.
10 thoughts on “Malloy leads in new poll on U.S. Senate primary race, Nolan misses two debates”
ANY candidate who refuses to debate their opponents should be overwhelmingly be rejected by anyone with half a brain.
I believe Nolan is counting on crossover D’s, P’s and RINO lovers to deliver the knockout blow, while the two conservatives split the real conservative vote. Sad scenario I have seen play out my whole life.
I think Christina Nolan is avoiding GOP events because she has calculated that being associated with the Republican party will cost her with Democrats she would need to win over in the general election. She looked past the GOP primary too soon. She seems to be relying on retail politics to convince voters she’s an independent moderate who is slightly more palatable than Peter Welch.
Both of these men are excellent representatives for the republican party. It’s a shame one has to lose frankly. But Myers has the right mindset and articulates his points extremely well. I will say this with complete conviction: He is the one candidate who can beat Peter Welch, period.
I believe Gerald would make an outstanding governor and if he loses in the primary or general election I will encourage him to start planning a gubernatorial run.
But for this one race Myers should be everyone’s choice if you don’t want to settle for second place.
If you think I’m blowing smoke ask Neil Johnson. I believe he knows me enough to know I’m a straight shooter.
Mermel is a bankster and cannot be trusted. He has been schooled in the fiat system and will more than likely operate in that realm.
You are so far off base. He has the business background that is missing in congress.
Either one of these men would be a great opportunity to show the country that Vermont has sent a no-nonsense conservative senator to counteract socialist Brooklyn Bernie, Pat Leaky Leahey and the Peter Principal, Petey Welch who have all supported Joe Biden and crazy 82-year-old Nasty Nancy, Congressional dictator. This is our chance to stop the laughter concerning our 3 stooges’ congressional delegation. This is also a good time to demonstrate that RINO endorsements no longer mean anything. This is a time to break the strangle hold of everything progressive. No one needs to know how you voted in the privacy of the voting booth. Even diehard democrats have to realize that the country and Vermont are in serious trouble and it’s time for them to step up and be Americans and Vermonters.
Mermel? Stay out of the Bushes!
Nolan = RINO
Malloy, the only conservative’s choice.
“Do not be intimidated…nor suffer yourself to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice”. – John Adams
This is a breath of fresh air……and who knew he was even running? It’s been Nolan, Nolan, Nolan in ALL the press coverage.
Interesting. Grateful to see this article. Hopefully he’s not G Bush Stooge…
There would be a bunch of questions to discern things…
Thoughts on Vaccination?
What type of governance did our founders give us and why?
Subversion, please tell us what you know.
Gerald Malloy is an excellent candidate. He is a West Point graduate and a strict constitutionalist.
Debate moderator inappropriately asked candidates’ vax status and Malloy answered unvaxed. He totally opposes all mandates.
Malloy is fantastic.
That speaks volumes, on both sides, thanks.
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