Paige Hoping To Make Splash In Primary Race
Brooke Paige says he hasn’t been given a dime in his campaign so far, but that hasn’t stopped him from running for both attorney general and governor in the primary election on Aug. 26.
“I don’t want to do things for the sake of doing them, I want to do things because I think there’s an opportunity to win and do something important,” he said.
Paige, 61, from Washington, is not a politician and has never practiced law, but has “familiarity with the law,” he said. Paige has represented himself in about 40 different cases, mostly involving worker’s compensation and for his industrial business, never losing a case, he said.
Paige, a Democrat, is running for attorney general because the current one has “failed to investigate a lot of things that are going on, including things in the governor’s office,” he said.
Paige currently serves as a justice of the peace in his town. He previously ran for U.S. Senate as a Republican in the 2012 election and he even took a stab in the 1996 presidential election — his campaign lasted three months.
“My grandma always used to say anybody can be president,” Paige said.
Paige switched to the Democratic Party this year.
“It dawned on me that in the general election it’s all about the Ds and the Rs. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you did,” he said.
Paige will be running against Attorney General William Sorrell, who has held the position for the past 17 years, one of the longest runs of that position in the country.
“I’ve taken the job very seriously,” Sorrell said, adding, “I’ve tried to be very even handed and not just reward my friends and punish my enemies.”
Sorrell is currently looking at wireless cramming and unauthorized charges on cell phone bills.
“I would like to continue this work if Vermont voters want us to do so,” he said.
Paige believes his chance of getting elected is “substantial.”
“I sincerely believe that a good one-third of the electorate, Democrats have had it with the statehouse,” he said. If he were elected for both governor and attorney general he’d “concentrate on the things that are important,” he said.
Other positions are also contested in this year’s primary election. Brooke Paige is running for governor against incumbent Peter Shumlin for the Democratic Party. Mark Donka, Donald Nolte and Donald Russell are running for Representative to Congress for the Republican Party. Steve Berry, Scott Milne and Emily Peyton are running for governor for the Republican Party.