Republican state Senator Randy Brock announced Wednesday he will take on Governor Peter Shumlin at the polls next year.
Brock has been carefully deciding which state position to run for during the past few months. He says he seriously considered running for Governor, Treasurer and Auditor, and he kept his decision a secret as long as possible.
The long awaited announcement was made official Wednesday. Randy Brock stood before supporters ready to announce his run for state office. As rumor had it he announced his run for Governor.
Big wig Republicans stood behind Brock in support of his announcement -- Former Governor Jim Douglas, State Auditor Tom Salmon, Republican Party Chair Pat McDonald and endorsements from Lt. Governor Phil Scott and Brian Dubie were written in.
As Brock told those in attendance, history is not on his side. "No incumbent governor has been defeated in Vermont in half-a-century -- all I can say is, that it's about time," he said.
Political analyst Eric Davis says aside from facing an incumbent, Randy Brock will have to overcome the fact that few Vermonters know his name. He cites a recent poll conducted by an organization known as public policy polling. "This poll showed when people were asked to give an impression, positive or negative of Randy Brock, only 36-percent could do so. So most don't know enough about him to judge favorably or unfavorably," he said.
Brock spoke to changes in energy policy, the economy, Irene -- and he criticized Green Mountain Care. "Vermonters don't want to live in a lab of social change they don't want to be guinea pigs and lab rats in a grand social experiment," he said.
Davis says sticking to the issues is crucial. He says most Vermonters don't respond well to negative campaigns. Campaign fundraising is another challenge Brock faces if he hopes to beat Governor Shumlin at the polls. "If fundraising numbers fall short and Shumlin continues to have a substantial lead on the polls it could be a long fall for Randy Brock," Davis said.
Governor Shumlin was in California Wednesday, but a spokesperson issued a statement saying: "Governor Shumlin is focused on the job Vermonters elected him to do: create jobs, revitalize Vermont's economy, and get tough things done."