In an official campaign launch set for Sept. 10, Gov. Peter Shumlin will finally acknowledge the existence of Candidate Peter Shumlin.
The incumbent’s reelection apparatus fired up months ago, as evidenced by the more than $750,000 stuffed into his campaign war chest. But Shumlin has been maddeningly coy with media types, insisting he’s far too occupied with the business of governing to give even a second thought to the campaign.
The daylong launch begins in Brattleboro, ends inBurlington, and will include stops at newspaper editorial boards in Bennington and Rutland along the way, according to campaign manager Alex MacLean.
“This is just a chance for the governor to kick off his campaign and talk to voters about his record and what he’s accomplished and what he’d like to get done over next couple years,” MacLean said.
The campaign launch ends with a pep rally at Nectars in Burlington.
Meantime, Shumlin is prepping for his departure next week to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. He won’t have a speaking role at the convention, MacLean said. But he will be focused heavily on events related to the Democratic Governors Association, a group that, barring any unforeseen hiccups, Shumlin will be chairing next year.