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."
Not all Vermont Republicans reacted enthusiastically to Dubie's announcement.
Some conservatives see Dubie as a middle-of-the-road RINO-a Republican In Name Only. RINOs are considered to be "no-nos" in hard-core conservative circles. Case in point: U.S. Sen. John McCain's 2008 run for the U.S. presidency. Conservatives satyed away from the polls in droves.
Some Vermont conservatives even cite Dubie's "green" agenda as a glaring sign that he's not true to conservative libertarian principles. especially when it comes to energy.