Lindley will not seek re-election to Vt GOP leadership post

Jack Lindley

Jack Lindley

MONTPELIER — Vermont Republican Party Chairman Jack Lindley said Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to the post and will instead back John MacGovern.
Lindley had been considering a bid to remain chairman despite a recent illness that left him hospitalized for about a month. He was released from the hospital and returned home last week.
As recently as Wednesday morning, political allies including Mark Snelling, the GOP’s treasurer, said Lindley was planning on trying to retain his chairmanship at the party’s state convention Saturday.
“Yes, it’s my expectation that he’s going to run,” Snelling said Wednesday morning.
But Wednesday evening Lindley announced via email his intention to step aside and back MacGovern, best known for losing to independent Sen. Bernard Sanders last fall.
“I’m writing to let you know that although my recovery is going well, I will not be a candidate for Chairman of the Vermont Republican Party. My time and energy is best spent working on building my strength and fully recovering,” Lindley wrote.
For more on this story, read it in the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus on Thursday.

One Response to Lindley will not seek re-election to Vt GOP leadership post

  1. The Perfect
    Leader to Destroy the Vermont Republican Party !
    When I saw the story in on the front
    page of the Sunday Times Argus (Oct. 27), I thought that the paper was
    indulging in a little satire. “John MacGovern as the leader of the Vermont Republican
    Party”-Jake Perkinson and Dottie Deans
    (VT Democratic leaders) could not have engineered a better way to destroy their
    opposition.
    I find it incredible that John would
    even want to be considered for a role in the Vermont Republican Party, let
    alone be selected as its leader. During our short-lived campaign contest he
    frequently complained that Lindley and the Republicans in Montpelier “could not
    be trusted”. John
    MacGovern is only interested in what’s best for John MacGovern.
    Today the Republicans are meeting in
    Montpelier to elect new leadership that will serve the party for the next
    election cycle and beyond. Republican leaders including Gov. Jim Douglas and
    Lt. Gov. Phil Scott have endorsed David Sunderland of Rutland; they feel that
    David will be a valuable asset as party leader and will attract new and younger
    individuals who have an interest in Vermont’s future.
    Vermont has many great Republicans who
    are capable of leading the party with a new sense of purpose and pride – John
    MacGovern is not one of those individuals!
    H. Brooke Paige