August 27th, 2009
03:19 PM ET
13 years ago

Vermont's GOP governor not running for re-election

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas said he will not run for re-election in 2010."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas announced Thursday that he will not run for re-election in 2010.

The Republican said at a press conference at the state house in Montpelier that he will not seek a fifth two-year term, or run for any other public office in the next election.

"I am not running for president," Douglas said, to laughs. He joked that his wife "has a divorce lawyer on speed dial if I ever utter that crazy idea. I am not running for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House or any other statewide office in 2010."

"...As any farmer knows after many years working sunup to sundown, seven days a week, there comes a time to turn over the reins to fresh arms. For me, that time is approaching."

Three potential Democratic challengers, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, state Sen. Douglas Racine and state Sen. Susan Bartlett, had already announced their intent to run for governor before Douglas made his announcement.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. I can see Canada from my house!

    Well, he's from New England, so he can't belong to the crazy wing of the party. Its refreshing to see someone who has no national or statewide aspirations for a change.

    August 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |

    And another Republican bites the Dust how many does that make now that is resigning?

    August 27, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    One less Greed Over People politician in office.

    August 27, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Jack in Florida

    Another GOP quitter....will he finish out his term or follow in the footsteps of Mel Martinez and Sarah Palin?

    August 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. timz

    Sarah Palin for governor in 2010!!

    August 27, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter

    Why is it that when you go to Vermont, they play so much Phish and Dave Matthews on the radio? What's up with that? Put on some Ween or King Crimson or Black Crowes fer cryin' out loud. Great cheese, though. Have a nice day!

    August 27, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. simp

    Great one less idiot republician messing up the system with lies and deceit. new blood is welcome, fresh thinkers are sorely needed in this party. Enough of the the good ole boy mentality.

    August 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Jackie in Dallas

    It is a wise man who knows when to stop.

    August 27, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. john

    You know what with no GOP in office, you people wont have anyone to blame. Who you gonna blame when the demcrats mess up?

    August 27, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    Maybe he's tired of the Republican party and it's nastiness???? Just askin' . . . .

    August 27, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - I'm an expert on everything

    One of the better manged states in the country. Now a Dem will mess it up.

    August 27, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Bridgette

    I think the moderate Republicans the one's with some kind of common sense has had enough of this party. The things that they have been pulling is really embarrsing for them or atleast it should be.

    August 27, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. DonnaLee

    Missing the sheep are you?

    August 27, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |