Letter to the editor: Milne can provide new leadership in U.S. Senate

Worn-out Pat Leahy is approaching the finish line for another six-year term in the U.S. Senate. He won in 1974, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004 and 2010. He has clung to that job for seven terms, for 42 human years, or 294 “dog years.” Enough!
Leahy has proven to be as bitterly partisan as they come, which only contributes to the federal gridlock problem. Pat lives in a Washington, D.C. suburb most of the year — except for election season when he tries to still appear as a Vermonter.
I advocate for good government, so I’m not interested in just casting my vote for any entrenched incumbent that “everyone expects to win.” I make up my own mind and I vote for the candidate who will do the most good in office. I’m not at all impressed that Leahy has offered to stay in office for an eighth six-year term. And I’m certainly not pleased by his over-sized $6,000,000 political war chest  — nearly all from out-of-state special interests.
I’ve never been a champion of term limits. But don’t we all know that 48 years is just much too long to be a U.S. Senator? In 2016, let’s freely choose to vote for Scott Milne and thereby apply Leahy’s advice to us, given in 1974 when he ran to replace Sen. George Aiken: “It is now time to bring a fresh, new approach and leadership to government.”
We do have a great option in Scott Milne, the bright and reasonable candidate who is in touch with Vermont. We are not required to vote for leaky Leahy again simply because he put his name on the ballot and smiles in his TV commercials. U.S. Sen. Scott Milne will be a big improvement over yet more of the same old “politics as usual.”
Tom Hughes
Middlebury VT

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