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Wind opponents seek to draft write-in candidate for governor  

Credit:  Robin Smith, Staff Writer | The Orleans Record | orleanscountyrecord.com 15 August 2012 ~~

Those who oppose industrial-grade wind projects – Green Mountain Power dominance in Vermont – are being urged to write-in the name of a fellow wind energy opponent, Annette Smith of Danby, in the Progressive Party primary for governor.

A movement to draft Smith, head of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, as a write-in candidate in the Progressive Party was launched on Saturday.

Supporters want voters to write in Smith’s name on the Progressive Party primary ballot instead of the sole Progressive candidate for nomination for governor, Martha Abbott. They say that Abbott supports wind projects just like Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, does.

Northeast Kingdom wind opponents are spreading the news about the draft-Smith campaign.

Smith laughed Tuesday when asked about the campaign, saying she had received calls from journalists across Vermont.

She said she wasn’t encouraging the campaign, didn’t ask for it and couldn’t talk about what might happen if she is nominated to represent the Progressive Party in the race for governor in November.

“The public is doing what they are doing,” Smith said.

When asked if she would run for governor if she wins the Progressive Party primary, Smith said, “It’s a question I’ll be happy to answer later,” after the primary Aug. 28.

Smith said she doesn’t even know who is waging the draft-Smith campaign.

The move to draft Smith is on the website http://annettesmithforvermontgov.blogspot.com.

The movement cites three issues in calling for Smith as the Progressive nominee: the devastation of ridgelines for industrial-grade wind projects; the merger of Central Vermont Public Service and Green Mountain Power into a corporation that dominates the electricity supplied to Vermonters; and the basing of F-35 aircraft in Burlington.

And wind opponents say that they must defeat Shumlin, a wind supporter who they say is in bed with large corporations like GMP. And they say they can’t count on the other party’s candidates.

The opponents pushing for a Smith write-in campaign seem to have decided that they won’t swing enough anti-wind opponents to vote to Republican Randy Brock for governor, even though he favors a moratorium on new projects.

Vtdigger columnist Jon Margolis quoted Smith in June, saying that some wind opponents are thinking of voting for Brock.

Some voters are moved by single issues, Margolis wrote. But others may not be able to vote Republican over industrial wind issues.

Source:  Robin Smith, Staff Writer | The Orleans Record | orleanscountyrecord.com 15 August 2012

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