The Brattleboro Reformer’s Paul Heintz has an interesting story this morning about Rep. Daryl Pillsbury’s future plans to run for the Vermont Senate.
Pillsbury is a Brattleboro independent. He’s been in the Vermont House for 12 years and is well liked in Brattleboro across the board by liberals and conservatives and people in the middle. He’s the kind of guy that can cast surprising votes in the House.
And if Pillsbury does run for the Senate – he said he needs to do some serious fund raising first – he would be challenging either Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin or Sen. Jeanette White. White has been in the Senate since 2002; Shumlin just returned last year after an absence of four years.
Republicans have a real hard time running in Windham County, although they can win a few towns such as Vernon or the Wilmington area. But there hasn’t been a senate candidate to oppose the Democratic ones down there in quite some time that actually had a shot – and some name recognition – at winning.
I don’t think Shumlin or White probably expected to face this kind of challenger next year. It’s be fun to watch if it happens.