National GOP Committeeman: Vermont legislature “really just full of lobbyists”

Jay Shepard (left) chats with podcaster Ivan Raiklin and Mark Coester at GOP state convention Saturday in Burlington

By Michael Bielawski

Ivan Raiklin, a news media host conducted interviews with some of Vermont’s leading conservative voices at the Vermont Republican State Convention on Saturday. He was told by Vermont’s National GOP committeeman Jay Shepard that the legislature is full of lobbyists and that regular folks find it cost/time prohibitive to get into office.

Raiklin was also told by Mark Coester who is a member of the GOP elections committee that there is a new social media site set up largely to be a hub for election fraud headlines that are often censored by more mainstream outlets.

Raiklin is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and former Green Beret and Constitutional Attorney who served for 25 years in the Department of Defense among other experiences. He’s most recently become a popular conservative media personality, his X page can be seen here. The whole roughly 1-hour video including other Vermont voices can be seen here.

Jay Shepard said GOP donors fled Vermont

Shepard has been on the Republican National Committeeman for Vermont since 2012. He focused some on financial challenges facing the party, he noted that those who want to get involved in state politics essentially need to expect to do so largely on their own money.

Some of this situation is apparently due to wealthy conservatives fleeing the state.

“The biggest problem is that most of our donors no longer live in Vermont,” Shepard said. “The people who can leave have left, and the other people are finding out that it’s very hard to make a living here in Vermont.”

He spoke to other challenges that potential candidates face including they are too busy and lack political connections.

“One of the issues that we have is most Repubilicans in this state have full-time jobs, they are not part of the establishment, they are not part of the nonprofit organizations that are out there.”

Conversely, he suggested that the current majority liberal parties currently occupying the statehouse are connected politically including in some questionable ways. Rep. Jill Krowinski, D-Burlington, who is currently Speakers of the House and was previously a Planned Parenthood employee, was cited as an example of this.

“What’s happened is a lot of the people who are  in the legislature now as Democrats and Progressives are really just full time lobyists for different organizations and the nonprofits that they came from,” he said.

Asked about the current status of politics in Vermont Shepard explained that it’s a though situation but that Republican Gov. Phil Scott deserves some credit for vetoing so many bills during his tenure.

“One of the things that you have to understand is that we have a Republican governor who has set the record for the most bills vetoed,” he said. “Where he is on social issues is different from where I am on social issues but we have to give him some credit he’s better than what we would have had had some of the people who ran against him in the past few years.”

Mark Coester talks election integrity

Coester, a former Windham County Senate candidate, is also on the state’s GOP Special Election Committee. He talked about the importance of a new social media website called FrankSocial.com

“I would encourage concerned voters, concerned people who might be justices of the peace or on an election board to download Frank Social and when they see something, say something,” Coester said.

He explained that free speech will be protected on this platform and that it will be easy to cross share posts with other more mainstream platforms.

“It’s an awesome platform, it’s not censored, it’s the place where we are going to consolidate information about elections,” he said.

He suggested that it’s completed a test run after during the Nov. 7 elections “in eight different states it lit up like a Christmas tree. We got all those reports in real time.

One instance a suspected fraud from Nov. 7 involved voting machines in Pensylvania caught flipping votes in a race for a rate for a State Supreme Court seat. The GateWayPundit shared a video showing more than 300,000 votes for the GOP candidate being discarded on election night for the same race.

The author is a reporter for the Vermont Daily Chronicle and the Burlington Daily News

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3 replies »

  1. Yes and no……..there are many, many intelligent people who would give time and money to right our ship. We don’t have a hope or prayer, we have no plan, we have no leadership, we play the Charlie Brown skit every year, thinking Lucy isn’t going to take the ball away from us before kicking.

    Our governor has not lead the VTGOP, they didn’t even have a voting check list for Republican voters in the Washington County GOP at the last meeting I went to. Now, surely the Governor has the list, he’s anything but a good campaigner.

    What are his fruits within the party? While I vehemently disagree with him on many, many grounds, he could have at least made his home county, of which the capital is in, look like him? Surely there are voters of his mind set within the county, just one county. Did this happen?

    For managing complex change we need the following:

    Vision without vision we have confusion
    Skills without skills we have anxiety
    Incentives without Incentives we have gradual change
    Resources without resources we have frustration
    Action Plan, without action plan we have a false start

    from the symptoms any man on the street can determine what needs attention within a party of leadership. We need to understand the ground upon which we play, of our self and our adversary, so we can live another day (SunTzu). Perhaps the best understanding is bigger picture, if you are on the side of Truth and Love, not questing for power and money you will have the hearts of the people. Loving your neighbor is the Kryptonite of Marxist mentality, they can only win with division, deceit and destroying things….it’s all because their lead organizers are headed in the wrong direction.

    We have a spiritual issue.

    Our main issues for Vermonter because of that

    Affordability, Drugs, Schools (funding and lessons)

    A person, family or state cannot succeed upon lies and corruption. They go against all known systems, free press, the environment, free speech, economics, God, science, history, political, health and families.

    Until we address these issues, we will see no change. Thankfully they are all man made so they are easily corrected, we only have to change direction.

  2. A constant grasp for the obvious. The lawfare warfare waged against the leading candidate in the GOP Presidential race is unprecendented. Calls from Democrats and MSDNC[sic] clowns to “eliminate” the former president should result in arresting them, not him. Yet, here we are – steeping in a Banana Republic. I caution seeking information on echo chamber platforms like Frank or others. The town square battle field is X (f/k/a Twitter.) With the MOAB lawsuit just filed against Media Matters, the Georgia case against Harrison Floyd (a black man being railroaded by black District Attorney Fani Willis – let that sink in DEI shills.) and countless lawsuits filed for violations of our constitutional rights, the Truth is coming out like a firehose of late. People have to wake up, stand up, and fight back with non-compliance to all fear-based, unethical, immoral, and illegal laws put forth by the selected criminals. The two party system is corrupt to the core – both parties are going down in bankruptcy and indictments very soon I pray.