In the kickoff of his bid to unseat one of the longest serving senators in U.S. history, Scott Milne depicted Washington, D.C., as a cesspool of seedy values, dirty money and unresponsive politicians.
Milne castigated the U.S. government in general and the U.S. Senate in particular.
"I believe our nation and our planet are in perilous times, the old ideas are not working," Milne said Saturday morning in front of the Washington town clerk's office. "America's government is unable to bridge our divides. This is the fault of the United States Senate. This is the fault of career politicians and the big money from special interests that prop them up and protect them. We have to do better."
Closer to home, he cast Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy as a politician tied to special interests.
The Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate then shifted the lens to his hometown of Washington, Vermont, as a rural haven where people work hard and "talk the talk and walk the walk," Milne said.
Milne promised to bring Orange County values to the U.S. Capitol if elected, and he aimed to pigeonhole Leahy as a son of Washington, D.C.
Milne said Leahy's involvement with the federal EB-5 visa program was questionable, and again demanded that the senator release all communications regarding the controversial visa program. And he criticized the senior senator's campaign war chest of $6 million as a sign of cronyism, pointing to Leahy's financial support from the controversial drug manufacturer Mylan.
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