Malloy: Peter Welch is deaf to pleas from Vermont dairy farmers

PERKINSVILLE – Gerald Malloy, United States Senate Republican Nominee, has declared his full support to reach out and help Vermont’s dairy farm industry when he is elected.

Mr. Malloy explains: “I understand that dairy is a substantial part of Vermont’s total agricultural production. In 2019, Vermont had 645 dairy farms milking cattle, sheep, and/or goats representing some 2.7 billion pounds of milk in 2019 — 15th in the nation for raw milk production. In 2019, two-thirds of all the milk distributed in New England was sourced from Vermont’s dairies.”

Senate candidate Malloy goes on to describe: “Unfortunately, each year because of economic, marketplace, and government pressures, Vermont has been losing dairy farms. In 2018 and 2019 Vermont lost about 140 dairy farms. Much of Vermont’s dairy farming is done by family farms with small herds of dairy cows, and there are more than 140 enterprises in Vermont which process milk into dairy products.”

“U.S. Representative Peter Welch has been unresponsive and out-of-touch when it comes to economic development for these constituents,” Malloy says. “There is legislation now in Congress supported by about 100 House members to allow 2% milk and whole milk to be consumed in our nation’s schools. Increasing the use of dairy in schools would help VT dairy farmers and help kids get real nutrition. The current oppressive policies only allowed skim milk to be consumed by students and faculty. There should be freedom of choice and consumer rights rather than this ridiculous prohibition by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

Malloy continues,“The Vermont dairy farmers I have talked with express their frustration at the difficulty they have surviving in our state. Here is a small way Mr. Welch could help give an economic boost for Vermont’s farmers – and he is not doing it. His priorities are different from helping Vermont farmers.”

About Gerald Malloy:
Gerald Malloy is Vermont’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. Malloy graduated from West Point in 1984 with a commission as an active duty Field Artillery Officer and a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Political Science. He also earned his MBA from Temple University, graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College, and earned a Graduate Certificate from Georgetown University. Serving the United States for 22 years on active duty in leadership positions, Malloy was stationed in countries including Germany, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, and Canada. Following his military career he worked 5 years in Emergency Management and response, including over 20 Presidential Disaster Declarations, with US Government organizations including the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services, as well as many State, Local, and Law Enforcement organizations. Since 2011, he has been involved in business management and executive positions, supporting US Government organizations primarily in the Washington, DC area. Gerald Malloy lives in Perkinsville. He and his wife Stacey have 4 children, including 3 teenagers currently in Vermont schools. Please see for updates on his campaign for U.S. Senator for Vermont.

6 thoughts on “Malloy: Peter Welch is deaf to pleas from Vermont dairy farmers

  1. Peter Welch has been in D C since Bernie Sanders elevated to the U S Senate leaving the House seat open. I believe this was in 2006.
    So Welch has had since then to do his part for VT farmers; but like the other bandwagon, locksteppers, there is very little to show for the time there.

    It is time to retire Peter Welch.

  2. Mr. Malloy has an impressive resume. Now consider Peter Welch.

    Senate candidate Peter Welch, who is currently on the House Committees for Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Reform, Intelligence, Democratic Steering and Policy. Welch is a Berkley, CA educated lawyer from Massachusetts, who was, yes, a ‘community organizer’ in Chicago, before migrating to Vermont. To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Welch has little, if any, private sector experience.

    Also consider one of the most powerful, unelected, administrators in Vermont, Margaret Cheney. She was appointed to the Vermont Public Utility Commission in 2013 by Governor Peter Shumlin, is one of only three people who determine Vermont’s energy policies, and who grew up and was educated in Malaysia, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, India, and Peru.

    Ms. Cheney has ‘extensive’ experience in the energy sector (tsk, tsk). She was an editor for Menlo-Atherton Recorder from 1974 to 1977. She then worked for The Washingtonian magazine from 1978 to 1989. Her professional experience includes working as a Spanish teacher for Sharon Academy and a Television Host for CATV White River Junction. She has also been a freelance writer.

    By the way, Ms. Cheney happens to be Peter Welch’s wife. If anyone thinks these ‘Administrative State’ folks have the best interests of free-market oriented Vermonters (let alone Vermont’s dairy farmers) in mind or are at all qualified to manage Vermont’s economy, I suggest they take a tablespoon of intelligence-enhancing snake oil.

    • Mr. Mallory dose indeed have an impressive resume. However, whatever our views, in all fairness Mr. Eshchelman did give a bit of short shrift to Peter Welch. Welch was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1947 where he atttended local Catholic schools. He graduated magna cum luade from Holy Cross college and the University of California premier law school, Boalt Hall.

      Welch, who has lived in Vermont for nearly a half century, had 30 years experience in the private sector as a partner in the White River Jct. law frim of Welch, Graham and Mandy. Pevious to that he clerked for Judge Henry Black of the Vermont Superior Court. Welch also served from 1981-1989 in the Vermont Senate including as the Senate President pro tempore from 1985-89.

      This is a good race between two well qualified candidates.

      • Yes, Mr. Freitag, I read the Wikipedia account of Peter Welch’s history too. But practicing personal injury law (i.e., ‘ambulance chasing’) isn’t really the ‘private sector’ experience I had in mind. At least not in so much as being a manufacturer, a banker, a retailer, a farmer, a trucker, a contractor, or other businessperson who meets a payroll every week. But that’s just my opinion.

        And given that the Vermont Sec. of State’s office lists the ‘Welch, Graham and Mandy’ law firm as having it’s Vermont Trade Name filed on April 11, 2002, with the company’s filing status listed as ‘Inactive’, and with a ‘Company Age’ of 20 years or so, I was reticent to describe that as significant private sector experience. But, again, that’s just my opinion.

        The claim of thirty years of law practice may be technically correct (depending on how one describes ‘practicing law’). But it does seem to me to be a stretch, especially given that Mr. Welch began his legal career as a ‘public defender’ and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. That leaves precious little time to accumulate thirty years of law practice experience, especially with the law clerking and Vermont political offices held. Therefore, I still think it’s reasonable to question just how much ‘private sector’ experience Mr. Welch really has.

        Nonetheless, thank you for bringing this to our attention … and deflecting attention from the other points presented.

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