by Peter Freyne
Not a bad morning if your name is Tom Salmon, eh?
The Associated Press’ Ross Sneyd has a very interesting story on the wire this morning regarding the still up-in-the-air race for Vermont state auditor:
With a recount still under way, Democrat Thomas M. Salmon has picked up more than enough votes to overturn his razor-thin election loss to incumbent Republican Auditor Randy Brock.
Of the quarter-million votes cast on November 7, “thousands of votes” still remain uncounted in the recount which is now in its second week. A tedious process, indeed, with ballots counted by hand.
But the trend is unmistakably in favor of Salmon, who lost by 137 votes on Election Day, according to county clerks polled Monday by the Associated Press.
Salmon billed himself as the “only certified public accountant” running for auditor of accounts. He’s also the only descendant of a former Vermont governor and former president of the University of Vermont running for auditor. That's his dad at left with Gov. Scissorhands.
And he’s the only Democrat running for auditor in a state where Democrats hold strong majorities in the legislature and are represented in Congress by the bravest and boldest opponents of the corrupt and incompetent right-wing regime that’s controlled the White House for the last six years.
But the times are a changin’, eh?
If the trend in the recount continues, and Tommy CPA wins, he will also become the newest name added to the list of potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates in 2008. Despite their strength in the state, the Democrats have lost three consecutive races for governor and lt. governor. Politician-for-life Jim Douglas has simply been far, far better at the election game than the likes of Doug Racine, Peter Clavelle and Scudder Parker.
State Sen. Matt Dunne did a respectable job in losing this year’s lite-gov contest to Brian Dubie. His name is being mentioned as someone who might be able to give Douglas a race in 2008. State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding and Secretary of State Deb Markowitz get a mention, too. As does Chuck Ross, Sen. Patrick Leahy's longtime chief of Vermont operations.
But a Tom Salmon victory in the recount this week would immediately add his name to the Dems gubernatorial short list.