"I respect Brian Dubie's service to the nation, but he strikes me as being more interested in pleasing Vermont's liberal 'windmill fringe' then in getting the state's real energy house in order," said Michelle Forrest, a conservative GOP activist and blogger who divides himself between Rutland, Vt., and Colorado Springs, Colo.
"Just look at Mr. Dubie's pandering to the far-left environmentalists in the state. This group is interested in still more government regulation of private enterprise while trying to change our personal habits and lifestyles. So, I have to say that Lt. Gov. Dubie is not likely get my vote."
After Dubie's announcement Oct. 1, a Vermont Democrat Party leader opened up on the GOP candidate with both barrels-
"After seven years of empty promises and failed initiatives, Brian Dubie and the state Republicans are offering us more of the same," said Judy Bevans, Vermont Democratic Party chairwoman.
"Vermonters are desperate for a governor who will bring a new sense of leadership to the office of governor, not more of the same. We need a full time governor who can lead Vermont into the future, not a part-timer with ties to the past," Bevans said.