Daniel T. Riley has declared his candidacy for the Vermont Republican Party chairmanship. Riley, formerly the Bennington County Republican chairman, has a strong political background.
Riley's political move comes at a time when many Vermont voters are disgruntled by Democrats and the health-care debacle. Record numbers of Vermonters have attended tea party protest rallies in Montpelier, Burlington and Rutland in recent months. The rallies have received scant news coverage in the state.
In 2000, Riley coordinated U.S. Sen. John McCain's campaign in the First Congressional District of New York and became a delegate to the Republican National Convention that same year. Since then he has been active in Republican politics consulting various organizations and campaigns.
"Chairman Rob Roper has decided to move on and will be missed. He has made great strides during his tenure-no small feat considering the political climate he has been working in. Rob helped unite us as a party and make sure our incumbents had the GOP support they needed to get re-elected last year. We are all grateful for his commitment and sacrifice. It would be an honor and privilege to continue and further where Rob is leaving off.
Riley said, "State Auditor Tom Salmon, undoubtedly one of the best financial minds in Montpelier, said it best during his departure from the Democratic Party-'The majority of Vermonters do not want to see tax increases as a response to poor planning.'"
Vermont Republicans will continue to present common sense solutions to the challenges of our state's future and we believe that the majority of Vermonters will agree, particularly on economic issues.
Gov. Jim Douglas, Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, State Auditor Salmon, and the Republicans in the legislature have been seen as unwavering in their positions about reducing state spending and economic growth to ease the burden on hard-working Vermonters, especially in these tough times.