Vermont Public Radio has an excellent radio interview on the continued role of the Progressive Party in Vermont Politics. From the accompanying article:
One third of the Progressive Party’s legislative candidates are also running as Democrats this year. And Martha Abbott, the Party’s gubernatorial candidate, has dropped out of the race to help the Democrats.
VPR’s Bob Kinzel talks with Martha Abbot, State Senate candidate Anthony Pollina and St. Michael’s College Political Science Professor Bill Grover about whether the party is still relevant.
Listen to the interview here. Some of the topics covered include the motivations for Abbott’s withdrawal from the race, fusion Democratic/Progressive candidacies, and how the VPP can change the debate in state politics.
There has been something of a clash within the party on principle versus pragmatism. The party did feature one contested race in its recent primary, for Lieutenant Governor. There, Marjorie Power supported strategic withdrawal from races to prevent Republican victories, while Boots Wardinski sought to oppose both parties equally. In the end, Power won the nomination without significant difficulty and Wardinski carried on his campaign with the Liberty Union Party. In this interview, both Abbott and Pollina strongly advocate for cooperation with Democrats when it serves the interests of the party.