I was just going through some of the files from my old computer, which is where I have all of my She’s Right Flashbacks, and I found this Letter to the Editor that I sent the Burlington Free Press when I was Chair of the Burlington GOP.
The funniest thing about it is that I signed it “Chairman.” If I remember correctly, they edited that. It’s even politically incorrect to refer to myself with a “gender-biased” term.
I thought it was kind of interesting to read. It’s a little too Kumbaya for my taste, but then again, I did write it. And I guess I do have that quality, which explains how I managed to ingratiate myself with so many Vermont lefty bloggers.
The date written is 10/23/2003.
Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle told a group of Johnson State College students that he wants to bring people who disagree with the Republican ideology together to represent “ordinary people,” as if Republicans are not “ordinary people.”
That makes me wonder, what are “ordinary people?” Teachers? Factory workers? Custodians? Retired people? Stay-at-home mothers? Working families? I guess not. We have people like that in the Burlington Republican Party.
If Progressive Pete, the Winooski Democrat, wants to bring together people with similar ideologies, that’s great. More power to him.
If the Honorable Mayor wants to unite all Republican haters and run as the anti-Republican candidate, go for it. Good luck.
But, when Mayor Clavelle says that Republicans are somehow not “ordinary people,” I will not allow that assertion to go unchecked.
Agree or disagree with us, love us or hate us, Republicans are your neighbors, your friends, and maybe even your family. We are the people you see every day. Democrats, Progressives, and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, we are all just “ordinary people.”