Madden confirms Republican run for US House seat
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Liam Madden, who won Tuesday’s GOP U.S. House primary, has confirmed that he is going to accept the Republican nomination.
Madden describes himself as an independent and had said he had wanted to run as one in the general election. Wednesday, on Channel 3 This Morning, he said he hadn’t yet decided. Later that day, he changed his mind.
Madden says he realized he missed the deadline to file.
“My entire adult life as a Vermont voter, I saw that Bernie Sanders participated in a party primary and declines the nomination to run as an independent in the general election. I didn’t understand that the only reason Bernie can decline the Democratic Party nomination and be an independent in the general was that he and the Democratic Party had to agree ahead of time to not replace the spot on the ballot he was leaving open with another candidate. Upon learning this, I doubted that the Republican Party wanted to leave the spot open if I declined the nomination,” said Madden.
Madden says his message spotlighting the dysfunction of the two-party system transcends party labels and that if he wins, he would govern with an independent mindset. He will face Becca Balint, the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
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