No interest in national spotlight, Shumlin tells Huffington Post


Gov. Peter Shumlin is selling his single-payer health care proposal to Vermont lawmakers even as his administration recovers from the aftermath of the bumpy health care exchange, but as head of the Democratic Governors Association, he says he has no interest in promoting the idea on the national stage, according to the Huffington Post.

Shumlin has been in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association. The governor has consistently spent several days a month on Democratic Governors Association business - often on fundraising jaunts - since he became chairman of the organization in 2013.

A Huffington Post headline on Saturday sums up Shumlin's new national cachet: "Chris Christie's Foil, a Northeastern Liberal, Makes His Way On The National Stage."

The article describes Shumlin's stance on single payer for all, gay marriage, and his Republican counterpart Gov. Chris Christie's recent difficulties. Shumlin on the latter: "If they want to travel around the country highlighting their ethical challenges, I don't think that hurts Democrats."

Turns out, the governor is a big fan of "House of Cards," a TV series about a cynical politician who climbs to the top and murders a few people along the way. The Netflix series "reminds me of every reason why I never want to have to serve in Washington, D.C.," Shumlin told HuffPo.


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