Today VTGOP Chairman Paul Dame issued the following statement on the announcement of Congressmen Peter Welch’s run for the U.S. Senate:
“One of the alarming things about Peter Welch’s announcement today is the dark tone it seems to set for his campaign. Welch has been in Congress for over a decade, and Vermont’s delegation has caucused with Democratic leadership this whole time. Democrats control the US House, the US Senate and the Presidency. And Peter Welch is concerned about our “imperiled Democracy.” If our Democracy is imperiled, I think it begs the questions whose leadership brought us there?
He is already making the case for VT Republicans that Vermont and America need new leadership — not the same old same old. Welch is already following the national campaign model to win votes by motivating people with fear, and Vermonters want and expect something better.
Welch does not represent the “new generation” that Sen. Leahy said should replace him, and the overwhelming majority of Vermonters want a fresh face and a new direction in Washington.
Some of the things he says are his priorities, like “Medicare For All” have already been rejected by his own party’s previous Governor when it had the name “Single Payer” nearly 8 years ago. Peter Welch is a relic of the past, and now is the time for Vermonters to choose a candidate with an eye on the future, and Vermont Republicans will provide voters with options for a future that works – not one that continues us down the path of Welch’s “Imperiled Democracy”
As your state Party chair, I have already begun the process of talking to private citizens and currently elected officials to gauge interest in this and other statewide offices. Our candidates aren’t going to spend $6 Million dollars telling us what is wrong with our state and our country – but instead will provide a hope for a better future – one that works better than the life we are all living now under the control of Joe Biden & the Democrats.”
Chair, Vermont Republican Party