The passing of primary day will usher in the unofficial beginning of the 2012 gubernatorial campaign, and Republican Randy Brock says he’s about to light a fire under his operation.
Since launching his campaign in earnest in May, Brock has spent a lot more time taking potshots at Gov. Peter Shumlin than outlining his own vision for the state. Whether deriding the incumbent’s single-payer plan a “Titanic Care,” or blasting the Democrat over a potential reduction in FEMA money, Brock has spent the bulk of his time talking about the guy he’s trying to unseat.
Brock today, however, said the campaign will ramp up considerably now that voters are actually watching.
“I think that the public will become more involved and more interested in the election and the campaign as September starts,” Brock said. “It’s kind of the traditional beginning of campaign season.”
During a noontime radio interview with former GOP chairman Rob Roper, Brock said he’ll unveil next week the health care proposal he’s been promising since May. In a phone interview later in the afternoon, Brock said he still wasn’t ready to set any firm deadlines for the presentation.
But next week or the week after, he said, the public will finally see his free-market alternative to Shumlin’s single-payer plan.
“It is really in final draft form,” Brock said. “And I’m happy with what we’ve put together.”
Not long after he shows his cards on health care, Brock said he’ll present to voters a economic-development proposal to rival the vision put forth by Shumlin.
“I think Vermonters are going to demand to see details, so they know there’s a different vision there,” Brock said. “And by doing it now that the campaign season has officially begun, it will have a lot more impact. And those are things we can also debate.”
Brock spent much of his primary day inWaterbury, where he stopped by theThatcher Brook Primary School polling station before embarking on a short tour of Waterbury businesses.
Brock would later board a plane for Tampa, Fla., where he’ll join Vermont’s other GOP delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Brock said he’ll be making some asks of his national GOP colleagues this week.
“I would not say it presents a massive fundraising opportunity,” Brock said. “But there might be people interested in our race because of some of national implications surrounding some of the things that the current administration is trying to do.”