Even as Garrett Graff maintains radio silence about his possibly illegal candidacy for Lieutenant Governor, another political hopeful has run afoul of Vermont election law.
Don’t get your knickers in a twist; it’s only Brooke Paige.
Yes, the best-dressed man in Vermont politics has a problem with his 2016 plans. The Burlington Free Press, November 30:
Brooke Paige of Washington has also said he plans to run in the Democratic primary for governor and attorney general, as well as seeking the attorney general nomination on the Republican side.
Vermont state law:
A person’s name shall not be listed as a candidate on the primary ballot of more than one party in the same election.
I sent an email to Secretary of State Jim Condos, who confirmed that Paige would not be allowed to run as both a Democrat and as a Republican in the same contest. (He could run in one party and also run as an independent, but he can’t try to represent more than one party.)
The sharp-eyed Secretary had noticed the passage in Monday’s Free Press, and told Will Senning, Director of Elections and Campaign Finance, to notify Paige of the problem. The response, per Condos:
Mr Paige hopes his supporters will write him in for the R primary!
Problem solved, I guess. Apparently Paige will now seek only the Democratic nominations for Governor and AG. He may still have a decent shot in the Republican AG primary because so far, the VTGOP has failed to identify a candidate. There’s lots of time left, but political pot-stirrers take note: if no “actual” Republican files for AG, a handful of voters might be able to saddle the Republican ticket with Vermont’s leading Obama birther.