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Marcelle Leahy endorses Gray’s congressional bid

Jul 18 2022, 5:31 PM
Lt. Gov. Molly Gray speaks to a crowd in St. Albans last year. File photo by Riley Robinson/VTDigger

Marcelle Leahy, who is married to retiring U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has endorsed Lt. Gov. Molly Gray’s Democratic bid for Vermont’s lone seat in the U.S. House.

The senator’s confidante and longtime collaborator on international affairs and philanthropic work said in a statement issued Monday that she is throwing her support behind Gray because “it is time Vermont sent a woman to Congress and she is the right woman for the job.”

“With so much at stake, I feel strongly about bringing a new generation of Vermont leadership to Congress,” Marcelle Leahy said. “I am supporting Lt. Governor Molly Gray because her deep connection to rural Vermont means they will have a strong advocate in Congress. I want my grandchildren to have a role model who will fight for the rights of every Vermonter and every American.”

Patrick Leahy has all but endorsed Gray, offering institutional resources and connections but keeping arm’s length from an official endorsement. 

Gray’s top opponent in the Democratic primary, state Sen. Becca Balint,, on the other hand, won the endorsement of Vermont’s junior U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., earlier this month.

When news of Sanders’ endorsement broke, Leahy spokesperson David Carle said in a written statement that the senator “thinks highly of Lt. Governor Gray, who served in his office.” The following day, Gray’s campaign launched a television ad featuring footage of Gray alongside Patrick Leahy, filmed during Gray’s 2020 bid for lieutenant governor.

The senator “trusts Vermonters to decide who will represent them in Congress,” Carle said at the time.

— Sarah Mearhoff

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