This week, I got an email from David Zuckerman complaining that an out-of-state organization is supporting his opponent in the Lt. Governor’s race here in Vermont. The organization is the National Association of Realtors and they are supporting his opponent because he is in favor of Act 250 which regulates development. Now, I don’t blame Zuckerman for being annoyed by out-of-state people trying to influence our elections. It never seems fair when people with no direct interest in our politics try to use their money to affect the people we elect and the issues we support. But it’s also disappointing to see people on the left doing exactly the same thing.
Lest I leave the wrong impression, Zuckerman hasn’t done fund-raising for anyone but himself as far as I know. But others on the left have.
Case in point: I get many emails from Bernie Sanders’ organization soliciting funds to support out-of-state candidates. As much as I like Bernie, this has always rubbed me the wrong way, especially with his long-standing views on excessive money in elections. That aside, I need to have a really compelling reason to send cash out of my own community, and some guy running for State Rep in Arkansas (or wherever) isn’t enough.
It’s tempting to think that throwing money around the country will be worth it if it gets people who are not of the same party as Donald Trump elected. Nevertheless, it’s a risky tactic to embrace. Unless we want people doing it to us here in Vermont (and we don’t) we should mind our own business when it comes to other states’ elections and let locals decide for themselves.