Taking a page from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ book, Progressive Anthony Pollina announced Monday in Montpelier that he would now be running as an independent for governor.
From his campaign’s official statement:
Let me clearly state that this decision in no way compromises my priorities, principles or positions on the issues. This campaign will continue our commitment to building a coalition of Vermonters that can deliver good jobs, lower health care costs and ensure a safe energy future, support for public schools and a clean environment. I believe in this commitment because it is being made by a growing number of independent-minded Vermonters ready to work together to build a better Vermont. Vermonters who look around and see that when we work together we can do better…much better.
This is a really fascinating move that actually could open up his campaign to some people who would not consider voting for a progressive, but are familiar with the idea of voting independent (I mean, how long has Bernie Sanders appeared on Vermont’s statewide ballot over the years?).