June 6th, 2006

Pollina Condo/Senate Shopping

by Philip Baruth

When is a rumor more than simply a rumor? When it dovetails perfectly with a post from yesterday. Then it is officially known in the business as a “hot rumor.”

You’ll remember that yesterday, in summing up a Burlington Democrats event, we noted that no one — not one person — had mentioned the name “Pollina” all evening. Which was interesting, given that the event was a forum for the two Democrats running for Lieutenant Governor.

That would be the job Pollina himself purportedly covets.

“In short, Pollina has succeeded in making himself the closest thing to a non-factor possible this time around — which might seem counter-intuitive to you or I, but when you come right down to the meat of it, what do we know?”

Turns out we may know more this afternoon.

Just got off the phone with a guy who knows a guy who showed Pollina a condo down on the waterfront a few days ago. (No, not the vertical mansions that go for upwards of $600, 000 — the reconverted warehouse units next door that ballpark between $200,000 and $300,000.)

Seems Big P was chatting, as he viewed square footage and lake access, about a run for a Chittenden County State Senate seat. And talking pretty casually about it, to a guy he didn’t know from Adam.

That would be one explanation for Pollina’s dogged and methodical attempts to prevent voters from learning — in any way, shape, or form — of his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor.

It wouldn’t be a good explanation, of course. But an explanation nonetheless.

Late Update, Wednesday, 10:36 am:

A double handful of readers have written in with caveats to this rumor, most having to do with residency requirements for a Chittenden Senate run, or with the logical corollary: why not run from Washington County, if you’re Big P?

VDB rushes to point out the obvious: these are logical flaws with the notion, and at least thus far, logic doesn’t seem to be the guiding principle in the low-observable Pollina perhaps-campaign(s).

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  1. on June 8th, 2006 at 7:50 pm

    […] The Secretary of State’s office weighs in on the Pollina Senate-Shopping Controversy. Turns out he’d need only a year’s residency in Chittenden to make the nut. To wit: […]