Letter: The choice is clear

The choice is clear

Editor of the Reformer:

Vermonters have a clear choice for the U.S. Senate this fall. Senator Patrick Leahy has spent most of his adult life serving our state and advancing progressive causes in Washington, yet his opponent Scott Milne seems intent to do nothing other than attack our senator.

In the four months since he announced his campaign, Milne has yet to put forth a single meaningful policy position. He's dodged questions on how he would grow good paying jobs, make college more affordable, or fight climate change. When asked about Syria in an interview with WCAX, Milne said simply that he wasn't an expert on foreign policy. When asked about the opiate crisis Milne was again without an answer, saying just that the states should experiment. Each and every time he is asked a substantive question he responds by attacking Senator Leahy.

The substance free campaign that Milne is running in stark contrast to the work Senator Leahy has done day in and day out in Washington, D.C. He has been a critical leader on progressive causes across the board, whether it be working to overturn Citizens United, leading the charge on criminal justice reform, or fighting climate change and cleaning up our rivers and lakes here in Vermont. He led the fight to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, secured federal funding to help our state rebuild after Irene, and pushed the federal government to invest in Vermont farmers by supporting organic agriculture.

Meanwhile, Scott Milne has yet to put forth his stance on a single one of these issues. Worse yet, he hasn't even said whether or not he'll be supporting Donald Trump for President, a man who, in addition to being a bigot and a bully, believes that climate change is a hoax, wants "punishment" for women who have abortions, and who supports a job-killing 35 percent tariff against our top trading partners.

Come November, the choice for U.S. Senate is clear. Patrick Leahy will stand up for Vermont values and progressive causes down in Washington, just as he's done for his entire career.

Lachlan Francis, Putney, Sept. 20


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