by Peter Freyne
As in Matt Dunne.
You remember Matt Dunne, right?
Native Vermonter. The up-and-comer from Hartland?
A young, brilliant, bright and shining Vermont Democratic state representative - four terms. Elected at the age of 22. Remember 22?
Left in the late 1990s for the Washington, DC-scene as the director of AmeriCorps*Vista. Came back and played state senator for two terms, then ran for Lite-Gov in 2006.
Good "marketing" skills.
Not good enough, however, to get him elected lieutenant-governor, but just fine for landing a said-to-be very lucrative marketing gig with Google.
Yes, that Google.
Matt Dunne emailed supporters Wednesday afternoon and Vermont Democratic Party Chairman Ian Carleton put out a press release.
Dunne told his fans that:
"...for reasons that will become clear in the near future, I have decided not to run for office in 2008.
"In this year away from the golden dome, I have enjoyed reentering the private sector as a consultant, spending time with my family and helping others who are passionate about the need for change in our state and country."
Sounds like a guy with a title waiting in President Barack Obama's Administration, doesn't he?