On Tuesday Scott Milne, a candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, opted not to participate in a primary debate hosted by Essex Republicans. It was the second debate Milne skipped in the past two weeks. He announced his candidacy in July.
Three other candidates, vying to win the GOP primary, debated in Milne's stead. Deb Billado, treasurer of the Essex Republicans, told VTDigger that Libertarian Dan Feliciano won the day. "He was well spoken, knew all his material, very informed, pointed answers that did note leave you wondering 'what did he just say.' He had terrific ideas, very approachable, good demeanor, sense of humor ... what more can I say. This was my first time seeing and meeting this candidate and he was rather impressionable. I cannot give you any feedback on Mr. Milne as his chair was empty."
Ninety-seven percent of Essex Republicans supported Feliciano in a straw poll at the debate, VTDigger reports.
Milne says he didn't go because it wasn't a "media sponsored event."
Whatever his rationale, Milne is coming off as confused, weak and scared. He showed up late to the race and should jump at any and all opportunities to present and defend his positions. If he can't, or won't, then he really should step aside.