by Andy Bromage
Every candidate running for office knows that how you look is almost as important as what you say. But politicians, as a rule, don't have huge fashion palettes to work with. For the fellas, there's the shirt and tie, with an optional blazer. For the ladies, it's a Hillary-style pantsuit or a Palinesque pencil skirt and blouse.
But in Vermont — a state known for its trendsetting fashion sensibilities — candidates are finding subtle ways to spice things up: a fleece vest here, a yellow rain slicker there. Hey, they don't call us the Milan of New England for nothing!
So here's a game for you politics/fashion junkies, using photos the candidates themselves posted on their Facebook pages. With apologies to US Weekly, we present "Vermont Candidate Fashion: Who Wore It Best?" Two candidates wearing the same attire — you decide who looks better. Check back for results.
THE FLEECE VEST
Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, or Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell
THE V-NECK SWEATER
Republican State Sen. Bill Doyle, or Republican state auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi
BLUE SHIRT WITH YELLOW TIE
Republican state auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi, or Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin
THE YELLOW RAIN SLICKER
Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock, or Republican state auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi
Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, or Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott
THE RED DRESS
Republican state treasurer candidate Wendy Wilton, or Independent gubernatorial candidate Emily Peyton
Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, or Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell
Republican Attorney General Candidate Jack McMullen, or Vice President Joe Biden (OK, he's not a Vermont candidate, but he sure does look sharp!)
THE HULA HOOP
Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, and First Lady Michelle Obama (OK, she's not even a candidate, but c'mon!) (Note: Shumlin's picture was the handiwork of a quick-thinking Stewart Ledbetter of WPTZ).
Democratic/Progressive state auditor candidate Doug Hoffer, or super lobbyist Jack Abramoff (OK, not a candidate either, but we couldn't resist)
THE SCARECROW COSTUME
Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, or the actual Scarecrow
Progressive/Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Cass Gekas, or President Barack Obama
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