by Peter Freyne
*Updated 5:30 p.m.*
With just 18 days to go before the votes are counted - the Peter Welch for Congress Campaign has gotten Democratic State Rep. John Tracy of Burlap to ask the Martha Rainville for Congress Campaign and the National Republican Congressional Committee to remove John Tracy's quotes praising Marvelous Martha from their websites. Here’s what Rainville has had posted for months:
Martha Rainville has proven to be an effective consensus-builder who won wide spread bi-partisan support as Vermont’s Adjutant General. Indicative of that are the comments of Rep. John Tracy, D-Burlington and House Majority Leader, who in nominating her for a 5th term as Adjutant General said, “Martha Rainville has been exceptional. She has proved herself to Vermonters. I think we’re incredibly fortunate to have a leader like her.”
Same stuff at the NRCC.
Today, John-John wrote Rainville Campaign Manager Judy Shailor and Carl Forti, communications director at the NRCC. Tracy, who lost the Democratic Lite-Gov primary to Matt Dunne writes:
While I was supportive of Ms. Rainville in her former role as Adjutant General, the implication or inference that I support her candidacy for Congress is misleading and inaccurate. Our Country must move in a new direction, one that puts the American people ahead of the misguided, perilous, and short sighted policies of the current Republican leadership in Congress.
Therefore, our Nation and our state would be best served with Peter Welch in Congress, and I fully endorse his candidacy.
I am concerned that Martha Rainville's campaign as well as the National Republican Congressional Committee has been less than forthcoming with the people of Vermont as to where Martha Rainville’s support lies. To that end, I ask that you remove my quote and any reference to me from your respective web sites, your literature or any other campaign materials immediately.
Thank you for your prompt action in this matter.
Representative John Patrick Tracy
Better late than never, eh?
Don’t know if he’ll get his quote removed, but one thing John-John has succeeded in doing is reminding everyone how highly-regarded Gen. Rainville was by the leading male stars over at Team Democrat under the Golden Dome.
Now we’ll see if the Welch Campaign will follow up by getting former Democratic State Rep. John Freiden of New Haven to also write and request his quote, posted two paragraphs below Tracy’s about “Martha Rainville’s record is one of optimism, creativity, initiative, determination and strength,” also be removed.
Bottom line: If you didn’t mean it, fellas, you shouldn't have said it in the first place.
And guess what?
Just went to check my Friday bird reports over at Reason and Brimstone (a new habit in the blogosphere) and this is sitting there waiting for me! Scroll down under the falcons. John Freiden has spoken up - in a letter to the editor in today's Rutland Herald.
Good timing, eh?