South Burlington, VT – Today, Lt. Governor Molly Gray, a Democratic Candidate for Congress, participated in the WPTZ Democratic U.S. House debate, the second broadcast debate of the cycle.
“Montpelier isn’t Washington, and the State House isn’t Congress – and I’ve worked in both,” Gray said. “I spent half a decade working in Congress – not only for Congressman Welch but also for the International Committee of the Red Cross. I know how Congress works.”
Gray drew clear contrast with her three opponents, contending that her training as a human rights lawyer, experience in the federal judiciary, and statewide service as an Assistant Attorney General has taken on increased importance in the wake of recent Supreme Court rulings.
“We don’t know where this court will stop,” Gray added. “We need lawyers in Washington who are ready and willing to uphold and protect constitutional rights.”
During the debate, the discussion turned to a range of issues facing the state – including immigration and healthcare reform, climate action, and Vermont’s workforce crisis. On each, Gray laid out a pragmatic plan to deliver tangible results for Vermont’s working families. Gray has released detailed proposals on both climate action and workforce development, available on her website.
To address the rising cost of living across the state and nation, Gray proposed investments in affordable child care, expansions to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), expansions to Medicare, and an increase to the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment.
“Molly Gray is the pragmatic, next-generation leader Vermonters need in Congress,” Molly for Vermont Campaign Manager Samantha Sheehan said. “Tonight made it clear that, if we’re comparing resumes, she is head and shoulders above the competition. Molly has the Washington experience. She’s a human rights lawyer by training. She’s served every corner of Vermont as an Assistant Attorney General and as our Lieutenant Governor. ”
Gray announced her run for the U.S. House of Representatives on December 6, 2021. If elected in 2022, she will be the first woman in Vermont’s history to hold federal office. More information about Gray’s campaign for Congress can be found here.