MONTPELIER - Vermont Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie (R) announced that he will run for governor in 2010. Dubie's announcement wasn't a big surprise to most state Republicans; he was seen as the likely Republican candidate after Gov. Jim Douglas decided not to seek another term next year.
In a public statement released Oct. 1, Dubie said, "I have devoted the past few weeks to cross-checking my thoughts with the thoughts of other Vermonters-thoughts about where we are as a state and about the challenges we face. I have measured my experience and my capabilities against those benchmarks and have taken a long look at how we could lead our state forward through difficult times. Every household in Vermont knows that you can't spend more money than you take in. Our state revenues have fallen precipitously. We need to rebuild our base and work to grow opportunity. We must reject deficits. We need to manage and reduce debt. And finally, we need to rebuild our reserves and work to reduce taxes.
"I tell Vermonters that I'm the middle child in a family of six. My mother raised me to be a moderator, a peacemaker. Today, we need moderation in our state. The skill of bringing people with divergent views together has served me well as lieutenant governor. Whoever becomes our next Governor, that person will need the ability to bring people together," Dubie said.
But not all Vermont Republicans reacted enthusiastically to Dubie's announcement.
Some conservatives see Dubie as just another middle-of-the-road RINO-a Republican In Name Only.
RINOs are considered to be "radioactive" in many conservative GOP circles. Case in point: U.S. Sen. John McCain in 2008; as a result, conservatives stayed away from the polls in droves.
Hard-core Vermont conservatives have cited Dubie's highly visible "green" agenda as a glaring sign that he's not true to rimrock conservative and libertarian principles, especially when it comes to things such as energy.