I want to address, more thoroughly, the tactic of the Matt Dunne campaign of trying to paint Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie as a slacker for only being a part-time lt. governor.
People are focusing on the salary of the lt. governor instead of the history of the office. I have always known the lt. governor to be a part-timer.
Now many of you Vermont political activists are actually new to this state, but way back when I was enjoying the end of my summer vacation before entering my sophomore year of high school here in the great state of VT, a certain practicing physician was informed that his part-time gig of lieutenant governor was about to be stepped-up to the full-time gig of governor. Sayonara, patients.
And last I checked that Racine guy used to sell cars while he was lt. governor.
According to a Princeton Class Notes piece on Lt. Gov. Racine,
“Old-fashioned Vermont–whose capital city, Montpelier, is the nation’s smallest–mandates that most of its politicians remain strictly part-time.”
So is Dubie doing anything wrong if he is part-timing it?
Matt Dunne says in his commercial that the Vermont taxpayers are paying Brian Dubie $61,000 dollars, so he should be working full-time. (What he fails to mention is that Dubie’s pay increase just took effect in July. I guess that $58,000 didn’t sound as bad.)
If the issue is how much the lieutenant governor makes, then we should be going after the legislature for paying the part-time lieutenant governor too much.
Ask Matt how he voted on H.533. After all, this is a legislative issue and Matt is in the legislature. If he thought $61,000 was such an obscene amount for the lieutenant governor to make, surely he voted against it, right?
The reality is that Brian Dubie is doing nothing wrong. In fact, he has used the Office of Lieutenant Governor to do some pretty interesting things. You can download his “logbook” from the issues page at briandubie.com and read all about Brian Dubie’s record as Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. He is working for Vermont.
Dunne is proposing to take the Vermont tradition of a part-time lieutenant governor and replace it with a position of increased power for him to advance his agenda, instead of running for an office more suited to his ambitions.
Do we really want to increase the power of the state government?
Thanks, but no thanks. I’m voting for Brian Dubie.
Update: And, as I pointed out before, think about this: If Matt Dunne is working full-time, year-round as lieutenant governor, will he settle for being paid less than the Secretary of State ($91,294), State Treasurer ($91,294), Auditor of Accounts ($91,294), Attorney General ($109,292), and all 38 heads of the state’s departments, offices, and agencies that make base salaries ranging from $73,830 to $87,062?