It's a classic campaign scene-- a politician makes his way through a local factory to thank workers for their support. He promises them jobs and economic growth.
"Let's give it up to the employees of this great organization," said Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont.
It may be the most Peter Shumlin has looked like a candidate during the past three months. He admits to spending little time or money campaigning against his opponent, Republican Randy Brock. Shumlin easily clinched the gubernatorial election by a 20-point margin Tuesday night.
"When we have campaigns in Vermont they're often hard fought, they're difficult, they're contentious. This was a campaign in which we talked about issues and the dialogue remained civil as it should be," Brock said.
Despite outspending the governor in a race that was called shortly after polls closed, Brock says he has no regrets. He says he's uncertain what his political future holds, but promises to remain vigilant on health care as Governor Shumlin pushes toward a single-payer system.
"To do all that I can to ensure that the next two years under Governor Shumlin continue to protect Vermonters, to keep Vermont strong, to make Vermont better and do what we need to do," Brock said.
Shumlin touted the state's leadership in low unemployment and income growth in the Northeast. He says he'll prioritize renewable energy, finding jobs for young Vermonters after graduation and single-payer care, though he promises not to fast-track any of these priorities, especially health care.
"The federal bill doesn't allow us to do it until 2017. I accept that. We'll do it in 2017," Shumlin said.
The governor says he'll take the next few days to meet with his staff and decide where improvements can be made. He guarantees some changes to his own administration, though none have been announced.
"I can assure you there will be some changes, but they will be limited," Shumlin said.
The governor also says he'll sit down with every single secretary and commissioner within each state department. He wants to hear from them what changes need to take place and what priorities they have for the next two years.
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Thursday, April 17 2014 11:58 PM EDT2014-04-18 03:58:40 GMT
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