by Peter Freyne
Almost 100 Democrats turned out for the Burlington Democratic Party fundraiser ($20) at the St. John's Club in Lakeside Sunday evening.
Among them former Governor of Vermont and Ambassador to Switzerland Madeleine Kunin (on the far left in the photo), and our current representative in the U. S. House of Representatives - Peter Welch.
Only five attendees, however, signed the petition offered by the four "democrats" out front who did not attend the event inside. Madeleine was not among them.
"We agree to disagree," said Ambassador Kunin when asked why she wouldn't sign. Straddlin' Madeleine did tell the protesters, "I admire your guts for standing out here."
The petition she would not sign states, in part:
Whereas George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney have:
1. deliberately misled the nation about the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war,
2. condoned the torture of prisoners in violation of the Geneva Convention and US law,
3. approved illegal electronic surveillance of American citizens without a warrant, and
....Whereas 39 Vermont towns, the State Committee of the Democratic Party of Vermont, and the Vermont State Senate passed resolutions calling for impeachment investigations of Bush and Cheney;
Therefore, I call upon Vermont Congressman Peter Welch to introduce or cosponsor a resolution calling for investigation of Bush and Cheney regarding these charges, and if the investigations support the charges, to vote to impeach them as provided in the Constitution of the United States of America.
Congressman Welch [on left in photo], the only millionaire in the Vermont congressional delegation, was friendly to the Impeachment Foursome and spoke with them for 5-10 minutes, expressing his distaste for and opposition to the current corrupt and dishonest regime in the White House. But Welch, like Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, believes impeachment would only slow things down and delay and sidetrack investigations of the bankrupt Bush Administration already underway.
Inside, Welchie told the happy Burlington Democrats he's a guy who loves his job.
“I love serving in Congress," said Peter. "I’m almost embarrassed by how much I’m enjoying it.”
Al Walskey of West Burke, wearing the blue Welch for Congress tee-shirt, told the Congressman he had served nine years in the U.S. Army (1963-72). A calibration specialist in electronics. Two tours in Vietnam.
"I just think he stood his ground same as he has been," Mr. Walskey told Freyne Land afterwards, "and we’re hoping that he’s going to come around. I think he sort of indicated that September is that time frame that they either have to make something happen, or Congress will be able to muster enough votes to override a veto."
And we did ask, and Al told us he had voted for Peter Welch last November.