Agri-publican Sec State candidate criticized for social media comments about Hallquist – VT Digger

H. Brooke Paige, Agri-publican candidate for Secretary of State, is taking heat from 2018 gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist about social media comments that spoke disparagingly of her appearance. Critics are using the kerfluffle against Ag-R guv candidate John Klar. But he’s having none of it.

"Hallquist this month called for the “Agri-publican” coalition of candidates, who have endorsed Paige’s 2020 run for secretary of state, to condemn his transphobic comments. “Silence is complicity. We all have to take an active role in condemning that kind of behavior,” Hallquist said. “If they allow that kind of behavior, they are participating in the degradation of our democracy.” The Agri-publicans are led by John Klar, who is vying for the Republican nomination for governor against incumbent Gov. Phil Scott. Klar said he doesn’t condone Paige’s comments. But he wouldn’t comment on whether he would retract his support of Paige’s run for secretary of state, because he hadn’t seen the comments in context.

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