Confirmed With Unanimous, Bipartisan Support As U.S. Attorney, Nolan Led the Fight Against Opioids, Pledges “Fresh Perspective”
Today, Christina Nolan, Vermont’s former United States Attorney, launched her campaign as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, she announced in a press statement today. In her video announcement, entitled “Fresh Perspective,” Nolan focused on her vision to reach across the aisle to improve public safety by reducing crime, address the high costs of inflation and tackle the opioid crisis tearing apart our communities.
A lifelong Vermonter, Nolan, 42, was recommended with bipartisan support from Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Governor Phil Scott (R-VT) and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate – the 38th person to hold the position and the first woman in state history.
In “Fresh Perspective,” Nolan states, “I’m running for Senate because we need leadership that will unify the country – leadership that will work across the aisle to make positive change for Vermonters and their families. The first job of government is public safety, preventing people from using drugs and getting those with substance use disorder into treatment. We need to make life more affordable. Skyrocketing inflation is a tax on the middle class and it stymies those who are working so hard to save money for their families. We need to get the workforce back to work so that our small businesses can thrive, stay open and create jobs.”
She goes on to condemn the gridlock and partisanship in Congress, saying, “Leaders in Washington of both parties have lost their way. They are more interested in fighting with each other and beating the other party. It’s cynicism and gridlock.”
As Vermont’s U.S. Attorney, Nolan’s team led the investigation that uncovered an illegal kickback scheme perpetrated by Purdue Pharma to overprescribe highly addictive opioid pain killers. The investigation secured a historic felony conviction and helped to win a settlement of $8.3 billion – the largest fine ever levied against a pharmaceutical manufacturer.
Nolan is the only credible Republican candidate to join the field and if elected would be the first woman to represent Vermont in the United States Senate. Vermont’s primary will be held August 9, 2022. Senator Leahy has held the seat for the last 47 years, and his retirement created the first open race for Congress in Vermont since 2006. The chosen Democratic frontrunner, U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT), 74, was first elected to office in 1980. He votes with his party leadership 100 percent of the time and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Christina Nolan provides Vermonters with a highly qualified fresh perspective to solve the problems Washington has not been able to solve.
“Leaders in Washington of both parties have lost their way,” Nolan says. “They are more interested in fighting with each other and beating the other party. It’s cynicism and gridlock. It’s ‘I win or you lose.’
“I think it begins with remembering that leadership is about service. When we elect a new generation of leaders with a fresh perspective, new energy, people who have servants’ hearts, we can chart a new course where we start reaching across the aisle and treating each other the way Vermonters treat each other: like neighbors. I want to go to Washington to serve Vermonters, to serve people, not just a political party and its agenda. It’s going to take all of us. Join me in this effort to chart a new course in Washington, to create a new kind of politics, a politics that works for you, the kind of politics Vermonters can be proud of.”