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Did someone pull the plug on Dr. Richter?


Published May 22, 2008 at 8:53 a.m.

There's been a lot of hoopla recently at the blog Green Mountain Daily regarding Dr. Deb Richter's decision NOT to run against incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie.

Rumors abound that some Progs were trying to muscle her out of the race, or at least make it known they were upset with her choice to run as a Dem and campaign alongside Democrat Gaye Symington rather than Progressive Anthony Pollina.

I wasn't able to get much about Richter's decision into this week's "Fair Game," but I did catch up with the good doctor after my Tuesday deadline.

She put to rest any rumors that it was Progressive political arm twisting that swayed her final decision, though she did admit some kernel of truth to the meme that some Progs were pissed off. Yet, that sandbox sentiment only encouraged her to run and eschew party politics.

Here's what she had to say:

I did get pressure from a few progressives. But that did not persuade me not to run. In fact it gave me more strength to ignore party politics. I figured if these individuals didn't trust me to hold onto my values — then the hell with them. My practice is the major reason. It is part of my soul and I did not do the necessary scaling back over time that I should have done. This was too spontaneous a decision for me.

For Richter fans, however, she did add this, "There will be a next time though."

Now, that's a sure prescription for an interesting race no matter the office she may seek.