This may seem a strange time to bring this up as there is no election looming, but for better or worse now is when it is hitting me.
Our New England neighbor, New Hampshire has an all woman congressional delegation – Senators Shaheen and Ayotte and Congresswomen Shea-Porter and Kuster, plus Governor Maggie Hassan. Vermont has never its whole history put a woman in one of those seats.
I find this fact hard to reconcile with the state’s values and with the number talented and accomplished women just around Brattleboro and certainly must be around the state as well. At present, only Deb Markowitz holds a cabinet post, ANR and she is dealing a “scandal” involving house plants…Digging further in we find the Speakership, House Majority Leader, Lt. Governor, and Senate President Pro Tem positions all held by men. In other words, the likelihood of VT sending a woman to Washington or putting one in the Governor’s chair in the next decade are slim and none.
I put the blame for this at the feet of the state democratic party. I feel as though the party is trying harder to hide its liberal core than it is trying to serve them. Could be just me, but I doubt it.