I am running for the U.S. Senate because I love my family, my community, our nation, and Vermont. I believe things need to change in Washington D.C. in order to prepare our nation and our planet for the future.
The old ideas are not working. With change in our Congress and United States Senate, America can inspire and lead the world through the troubled waters that lie ahead, just as we’ve done in the past.
The roots of my convictions go all the way back to my childhood and what I’ve learned from previous generations’ experiences.
I was born in Brooklyn. I moved to Barre with my older brother, my New Yorker mom, and my Barre-born dad, when I was a few months old.
Over the next couple of years we grew to a family of six, and moved from “metropolitan Barre” to the country; an old sheep farm on 200 acres, on a dirt road in Washington, Vermont. “Twin Brook Farm,” was great, and my mom and dad’s home until they passed away recently.
It’s in Washington, Vermont, that the foundation of who I am today was built. My internal moral compass intertwined with education, family, friends, community, history, and life lessons. I am blessed with a tremendous childhood and vibrant family and friends.
Although my mom and dad have both died over the past two years I think of them—and thank them—daily.
My greatest friends are my mom, dad, son, and daughter.
I fundamentally believe that all people are created equal. That is the foundation upon which I will offer my service as your United States Senator. I learned this from others, early in my life.
And, as Lincoln said, “The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities.”
Thank you for your interest in our campaign. I promise I will stay focused on being your servant in the United States Senate should I be elected on November 8th.
- In Memory of Marion Milne
- My mother led by example. In the legislature, she did what she believed was right, not what she was told to do by campaign donors or what would get her re-elected. That is true leadership.
- My mother’s theme in her campaign as a citizen legislator in 1994—and perhaps for her entire life as a public servant—was “I am just naïve enough to believe I can make a difference.” I will be channeling Marion Milne and her naiveté as your servant in Washington.
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- This 1939 classic is about a common man who goes to the U.S. Senate and fights against a corrupt political system. I saw it dozens of times growing up. It was my mom’s favorite movie of all time.
- Like Jefferson Smith and Marion Milne, I am just naïve enough to believe that I can make a difference. When we stop believing that we can make a difference, our democracy fails us.
- A Declaration of Independents, by Greg Orman.
- Like Mr. Orman, I believe that political polarization is toxic to good government. I believe that the return of the New England Republican to the United States Senate is a huge step towards ending the gridlock in Washington. I will be a New England Republican and work in the middle to get things done.
- Important American speeches that inspire me—check them out and perhaps they will inspire you, and persuade you to agree with me that that Washington D.C. is broken. A new senator will be a good step in the right direction.
- A House Divided, Abraham Lincoln. I believe political polarity is dividing America today. I will work to bridge partisan divides.
- The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln. We are becoming a country “of the people with money, by the people with power, and for the people with money and power. Getting special interests’ money and career politicians they prop up out of elections will help restore President Lincoln’s Americas promise.
- Inaugural Address, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. “. . . ask what you can do for your country . . .”
- Farewell Address, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower’s warning to beware of the military, industrial, congressional complex is truly prophetic. Please read this.
“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”