In an appearance on “The Morning Drive” radio show this week, the national committeeman for the Republican Party in Vermont predicted that low-profile GOP voters in the state will be part of a larger nationwide “red wave.”
“With the inflation numbers, the stress on the economy, working people working harder to make less, and trouble in the streets, I think people are really realizing that the Democrats caused this problem,” Jay Shepard said during the interview. “They have no solutions to it, and they are making things worse each and every day.”
He said he believes such conditions in the nation will translate into tangible gains for the Vermont GOP in November.
“I think you are going to see some surprises and some wins here in what people call liberal Vermont,” Shepard said. “… We are in trouble as a country if the Democrats continue to do what they are doing to our economy and public safety.”
One candidate who already appears to be benefitting from national woes is Gerald Malloy, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. A military veteran whose career includes decades of work with defense, security and HHS, Malloy is polling only about 6 percentage points behind Democrat nominee Rep. Peter Welch. Welch is battling questionable stock trading allegations among other issues associated with the struggling Democratic Party Platform.
While liberals have rallied their base around climate change mitigation and conservative-leaning SCOTUS decisions including the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Shepard said Democrats are misreading voters’ priorities.
“They look at that as taking rights away — well, they were rights that weren’t actually there,” he said. “What we are talking about is, talking about the issues that people are talking about at their kitchen table. They are talking about inflation. They are talking about the price of gas. They are also talking about food.”
Vermont’s U.S. House Race
On the program, hosts asked the committeeman about the latest debate performances in the race for U.S. House. That race features former Marine Liam Madden, who won the Republican primary, Libertarian Party candidate Ericka Redic, and Democrat Becca Balint, the Vermont Senate president pro tempore.
Shepard claimed Balint is not a clear favorite.
“Becca Balint was very much on her heels, she wasn’t the same person that was going against Molly Gray,” he said. “When she doesn’t have the millions of dollars coming in from single individuals, she loses a little bit of her confidence.
“I think Ericka was the star of that show. I think she has energy, she has charisma, and she actually has some facts and a life history that makes some sense and will make a difference.”
Shepard also was asked why Democrat pundits continue to focus on former President Donald Trump. He said it was an attempt by left-leaning media to distract voters from bad economic and law enforcement news in the country. He added that while he doesn’t always agree with Trump’s style of messaging, he does like the policies of the Trump administration.
“What really is important is policies, procedures, and a government that does the right thing and makes life good for the American people — and Donald Trump certainly did that while he was in office,” he said.