Letter to the editor: Leahy should be for Sanders

Leahy should be for Sanders

When asked about his super delegate support for Hillary Clinton, Senator Leahy was quoted in the Burlington Free Press as follows; "First and foremost, I always keep my word." By this he implies he agreed to support her and must continue to do so. I have two points which strongly suggest the contrary.

First and foremost Leahy was voted into office to represent the people of Vermont. He gave his word that he would represent us. While I believe he can cast his one vote in private for whomever he chooses, his vote as a super delegate must honor his word to represent the majority of the people of Vermont. By not doing so he is letting us know that he values his word to Hillary over that of his word to fairly represent the people of Vermont who elected him.

This brings me to my second point which is that a good politician is willing to admit when he or she has made a mistake even when it means going back on one's word. If, in the primary election, Leahy sees that a majority of the people he gave his word to want Bernie Sanders, I believe he has an obligation to honor his word to us over that of his word to one out of state individual.

I implore every Vermonter to demand that he keep his word to us, his electorate, and cast his super delegate vote for Bernie when he wins the state primary. I encourage those in other states to demand their reps do the same.

— Mary Anderson Bethel


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