Corren Has Democratic Endorsement, But Not All Party Resources
The Vermont Democratic State Committee voted Saturday to formally endorse Progressive Lt. Gov. candidate Dean Corren.
But that doesn’t mean he’ll have access to all of the party’s resources.
Corren already had the Democratic nomination under his belt, thanks to a write-in campaign in the Democratic primary. But the party stopped short of formally endorsing Corren.
That changed Saturday, when Democrats voted 31 to four in favor of endorsing the Progressive candidate.
Several Democrats spoke in support of Corren, but wondered what an official endorsement would actually mean in terms of party resources.
"Because of public financing, Dean Corren is not going to be able to participate in the coordinated campaign. And on top of that, will not have access to our database or voter lists." - Julia Barnes, Vermont Democrats Executive Director
Julia Barnes is the Executive Director of the Vermont Democrats. Speaking to Democrats prior to the vote, she answered that question.
“Because of public financing, Dean Corren is not going to be able to participate in the coordinated campaign," said Barnes. "And on top of that, will not have access to our database or voter lists.”
Barnes stressed the decision was based on federal rules, and was not specific to Corren.
Corren qualified for public financing, which means he’ll have $200,000 at his disposal to challenge Republican incumbent Phil Scott.
And while Corren won’t have access to certain resources like voter lists, the party says it will still lend support however it legally can.