"I think the Republicans are in more trouble now than they have been at any time since 1931," he said. "Things are going to change dramatically in 2008. There is an opportunity for Vermont to Air Max Vapormax
State Sen. John Campbell, D Windsor and Senate majority leader, also said Tuesday he is mulling over the possibility of running for governor.
Pollina said recently he would travel the state and gauge interest in his candidacy before making a decision.
"It is a huge undertaking. Whenever you are going up against a popular incumbent it poses a concern for somebody who might want to run against him."
The two men, both from Windham County, have known each other for years, Shumlin said.
There has been talk among Democrats, Progressives and independents of finding a "unity" candidate who could gather support from all sides to challenge Douglas.
State Sen. Vincent Illuzzi, a Republican from the Northeast Kingdom who is considering running as an independent, and Anthony Pollina, a Progressive, have both been mentioned as possible candidates.
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But while he has become well known in national political circles, Galbraith has also been out of Vermont state politics for decades. The son of economist John Kenneth Galbraith, Peter Galbraith, 56, was the Vermont Democratic Party's chairman from 1977 79.
As the United States' first ambassador to Croatia, Galbraith was a central figure in the peace process between that country and Bosnia.
He has since emerged as a leading critic of the Bush administration's approach in Iraq.
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Shumlin said either of the two would make a strong candidate.
"I have been approached and I am contemplating the possibility," Campbell said.
"I will give it some thought," said Galbraith, who was somewhat reluctant to talk about the possibility of a campaign before he had given it more consideration. "I love Vermont and I care about the state."
"I think it is extremely important for the Vermont Democratic Party to put up a Democrat candidate in the gubernatorial race," Campbell said.
do something in terms of health care, the environment and energy."
"Peter Galbraith is an incredibly articulate, bright and capable person who would bring leadership to the governor's office of the state of Vermont," Shumlin said. "This was me approaching Air Max Ice Pack
State Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin and Galbraith talked Monday about the possibility, the two men confirmed Tuesday.
Until now Matthew Dunne, who ran for lieutenant governor against Brian Dubie last election cycle, has been the only Democrat openly expressing interest in running against Douglas in 2008. With more than a year to go, it is possible other Democrats will decide to get in the race.
Rob Roper, chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, declined to comment on the possibility of a Galbraith candidacy or the Democrats internal machinations.
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The fact that Douglas, a Republican, handily won re election in 2006 even as Democrats increased their majority in the State House of Representatives and State Senate appears to be making it more difficult for Democrats in Vermont to find a candidate. In addition only one challenger Democrat Philip Hoff has beaten a Air Max 95 Sneakerboot On Foot sitting Vermont governor in modern memory.
him and it is a very preliminary discussion."
Shumlin said opponents of the Douglas administration must find such a unity candidate if they have a chance of unseating the governor. During the past two elections there have not been Progressive candidates in the race and Douglas has won re election.
Some Democratic leaders, including Campbell, have said it is important for their party to have a Democratic candidate.
had listened to Peter Galbraith we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now," Shumlin said.
Galbraith, a diplomat who worked in President Bill Clinton's administration, has lived in Vermont much of his life and remains a resident of Townshend.
"I'm reminding them of the unique position we are in here in Vermont to make some real changes," Pollina said in the statement. "Universal healthcare can be done; we can create small businesses and jobs that will keep Vermont beautiful and affordable, and agriculture can help us with our energy crisis."
Campbell said Tuesday he is also considering a run for the state's top political job.
In a statement released Tuesday, Pollina said he would hold a meeting in Burlington on Thursday evening to outline "A New Vision for Vermont in 2008."
If a Democrat wins election to the White House something he considers likely and Democrats maintain control of Congress it could benefit Vermont to have a Democrat as governor, Galbraith said.
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