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RELEASE: VDP Congratulates VTGOP On Newfound Opposition to Fascism

July 19, 2022


Contact: Jim Dandeneau

Executive Director

Vermont Democratic Party

jdandeneau@vtdemocrats.org/802-489-6681


For Immediate Release

News from the Vermont Democratic Party


Montpelier, VT - Vermont Democratic Party [CHAIR/ED] issued the following statement today, following the Vermont Republican Party’s disavowal of openly fascist Windham County Republican Senate candidate Mark Coester:


“We are encouraged by the Vermont Republican Party’s newfound opposition to fascism. We expect that this opposition will extend to all of their members who openly and publicly supported a seditious conspiracy, signing a December 31, 2020 open letter from Vermont Republican activist Bob Orleck to Vice President Pence demanding that he throw out the legal and correct results of the 2020 election. Those signatories include:


Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate and Republican state committee member Greg Thayer


Republican State House Candidates

Judy Stern (Windsor 3)

Jon Christiano (Addison 5)

Kathi Tarrant (Washington-Chittenden)

Charles Wilson (Caledonia 3)

Nancy Gassett (Windham 1)


Windham County Republican chair and State Senate candidate Richard Morton


National Republican Committee member Suzanne Butterfield


Former Vermont Republican Party chair and current State Committee member Deb Billado

Rutland County Republican Chair Terry Burke

Caledonia County Republican Chair Mary Daly


State Republican Committee members

Ron Lawrence Ellie Martin

Barbara Greck

Sharon Quinn

Rose Bean

Linda Kirker

Emily Lepan

Chet Greenwood

Sharon Greenwood

Kathy Wagner

Wendy Bucchieri

And Shelley Huber


We anxiously await action by the Vermont Republican Party to roust these traitors from their midst, many of whom persist in publicly denying the election results, relying on readily disproven conspiracy theories and flat-out lies. Will the VTGOP remove Coester, who marched at multiple Memorial and Independence Day parades with a flag from World War II-era Spanish Fascists, from his positions in Windham County Republican leadership and on the Vermont State Republican Committee?


If the Vermont Republican Party refuses to take action against people from our own state who tried to overthrow the duly elected government of the United States, then it is incumbent on Republican moderates like Governor Phil Scott or Christina Nolan to step up and finally fix their party, or to stop benefiting from their financial and institutional support and leave the Vermont Republican Party once and for all. They can’t have it both ways forever.”


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