State Sen. Doug Racine (D-Chittenden) had just finished praising his Democratic rivals in the 2010 governor's race when he tossed out what could become an important part of his campaign message: "And by the way, I'm the only one who's beaten Brian Dubie."
(The quip comes at minute 1:53).
Racine, who's been running for a year already, formally kicked off his campaign for governor on Saturday surrounded by several dozen supporters and politicos at the Champlain Mill in Winooski. Racine and the other four Democrats running for governor are struggling to differentiate themselves to voters who see far more similarities among the field than clear differences.
One thing that sets Racine apart: He beat Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie (the anticipated nominee for governor) for lieutenant governor in 2000. The reminder was a not-so-subtle dig at rivals Peter Shumlin and Matt Dunne, who each lost to Dubie in races for lieutenant governor.