Got a lot of blowback on my recent post about the Syrian refugee debate in Rutland. More than one correspondent kindly pointed out that I had misidentified Mayor Chris Louras as a Republican.
They were right and I was wrong. He switched to independent several years ago.
But contrary to their claims, my argument still stands. The refugee proposal is likely to be the dominant issue in next March’s city elections, and if opponents put up candidates who would reject the plan, then the Vermont Republican Party and its hypothetical Governor Phil Scott would face a critical choice:
Do they support the refugee plan, or do they embrace the Trumpian fear tactics of the opponents?
That doesn’t change because Chris Louras is an independent, and I’ma tell you why.