Montpelier, VT –  The VTGOP welcomes Garrett Graff back to Vermont after more than ten years in Washington, DC. Attracting more young families, by making Vermont more affordable for both families and businesses, is a necessary step in reversing the growing crisis of affordability imposed by the Democrat supermajority in Montpelier.

But if Mr. Graff, a journalist turned wannabe Democrat politician, wanted to run for Lieutenant Governor, he should have started by reading our most important governing document, Vermont’s Constitution.

Had he done his research he would have discovered, in Chapter 2, Section 23, that before he can run, he needs to live here for at least four years in a row before the election.  More than a decade living and working full-time out of state and, by his own admission visiting “every few months” doesn’t come anywhere near meeting this crystal clear Constitutional requirement. Not only has he not lived in Vermont, he hasn’t even been voting here for many years.

Even so, we doubt Vermonters would be impressed with policies and political tactics Mr. Graff has learned in the most politically dysfunctional city in America. Let’s face it: between four years at Harvard and 12 years working with Washington big shots, Graff doesn’t possess a relationship with everyday working Vermonters.  This relationship is necessary to govern and the reason our state’s founders had the good sense to require candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor to live in the state for at least 4 consecutive years prior to the election.

If the Democrat Secretary of State and the Democrat Attorney General find a way to allow Mr. Graff’s entry into the race, it will be in complete contradiction to our state’s Constitution and another alarming illustration of the danger and hubris of one party rule.  We would not allow such a purely partisan and unconstitutional decision to stand uncontested.

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Note: Chapter 2, Section 23 of Vermont’s Constitution states: “No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor or Lieutenant-Governor until the person shall have resided in this State four years next preceding the day of election.”