Vermont once was a conservative state. In 1855, Stephen Royce was the first of a long line of Republican governors. The GOP held on to the state’s governors mansion for the next 108 years.
Since 1963, Vermont voters have waffled back and forth from a Democrat to Republican, back to Democrat and then back to Republican governors. Currently, Republican Phil Scott resides in Vermont’s governor’s mansion as he was elected in November’s election.
The election of Scott surprised many in Vermont as Democrats have a strong control in the state’s general assembly. In the Vermont House, there are 85 Democrats, 53 Republicans, 7 Progressives (aka Socialists) and 6 Independents. In the State Senate, there are 21 Democrats, 7 Republicans and 4 Progressives. Then you have US Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont, who may have run for the White House as a Democrat but is a self-processed socialist.
Over the weekend, Vermont Democratic Party leadership took another step to the far left by electing Faisal Gill to be the Vermont Democratic Party Chair. Gill was born in Pakistan and came to the United States when he was eight years old. He is a lawyer who has run for political office twice and lost both times.
In 2007, Gill ran for the Vermont House of Delegates as a Republican and lost to a Democrat.
In 2016, Gill again ran for office only this time as a Democrat. He was among the eleven Democrats on the primary ballot for a seat in the State Senate. Of the eleven, he finished eighth, which means he only beat out 3 others while losing to 7 others. It makes one ask why the state’s Democratic Party would select a two-time loser to be their Party Chair? Obviously, he does not know how to launch or run a winning political campaign, so what does he really have to offer the Party?
He is a Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserve and served in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, but that was not nearly impressive enough to get him close to being elected in last year’s Democratic primary. He also worked as a Senior Policy Adviser to the Under Secretary from Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, but that also wasn’t enough to get him close to being elected.
Looking at Gill’s background, the only thing that stands out that would have have played a role in his selection as Party Chair is that he is a Muslim and a Muslim activist. While working as an adviser with Homeland Security, he was a spokesman for the American Muslim Group. He was investigated for his association with the American Muslim Council and founder Abdurahman Alamoudi.
In 2004, Alamoudi, a Muslim activist, was convicted for illegal dealings with Libya and being involved in a plot to assassinate the leader of Saudi Arabia. His dealings with Libya involved Alamoudi moving millions of dollars from Libya into the US, of which Alamoudi kept $1 million for himself.
Gill’s association with Alamoudi and the American Muslim Council, led to an investigation of him, but reportedly, he was cleared of any wrong doing after passing a polygraph, which we all know is inadmissible in a court of law. Alamoudi was also an adviser on Islamic affairs for the Clinton administration and was a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, both deemed to be Islamic terrorist organizations.
It seems the Vermont State Democratic Party has selected a political loser who has ties to Islamic activists and possible terrorist organizations. Hopefully this could spell utter disaster for the state’s Democratic Party.