Each week Seven Days’s Paul Heintz picks who he considers the week’s “winners and losers are in the Vermont political scene. For the week ending this past Friday, he had the following at the top of the winners’ section:
Vermont environmentalists — The news that Gov. Peter Shumlin has tapped former Conservation Law Foundation “Lakekeeper” and Vermont Press Bureau alum Louis Porter to be his top legislative lobbyist is a win for the CLF and the rest of Vermont’s environmental community. After Tropical Storm Irene, Porter and the CLF pounced on the Shumlin administration for failing to enforce rules restricting the use of heavy machinery in the state’s rivers. Now they’ve got a man on the inside. Runner-up loser: Porter, for swapping Vermont’s sweetest job title for its second sweetest title.
This comes on the heels of our finding out that Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Cassandra Gekas comfortably landed a job with the Department of Vermont Health Access. Prior to running for office, she was an activists for VPIRG. Isn’t it funny how the revolving door keeps shuffling people back and forth for employment at entities sharing a common agenda. Perhaps Heintz should include the Vermont taxpayers as the number one loser for having to support the “incestuous relationship between Vermont’s political class, its media and its progressive activist groups.”