Burn-ie Sanders: Vermont governor endorses Hillary Clinton

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has failed to pick up the endorsements from some of his state’s most prominent Democratic political figures.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has failed to pick up the endorsements from some of his state’s most prominent Democratic political figures. –AP/Jacquelyn Martin

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Tuesday, the same day his Green Mountain companion Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his official presidential campaign kickoff event.

The Democratic governor tweeted his support from his campaign account, calling her “a lifelong champion for everday Americans.’’

Meanwhile, Sanders, an independent senator and self-described democratic socialist, is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. On Tuesday, he announced the details of his waterfront campaign kickoff event in Burlington, Vermont on May 26 (which includes free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream).

Shumlin isn’t the first Vermonter to take Clinton’s side over Sanders. Former Vermont governor and 2004 presdential candidate Howard Dean endorsed Clinton back in December.

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The other half of Vermont’s U.S. Senate delegation, Sen. Patrick Leahy, has also endorsed Clinton, a commitment he made two years ago, the senior senator’s spokesman told Boston.com.

Vermont’s only U.S. House representative, Democrat Peter Welch, has yet toendorse any candidate.

It wasn’t all bad news, however, for the Sanders campaign.

“It’s a free country. The governor is entitled to endorse whoever he wants,’’ Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs told the Burlington Free Press. “What this means is more free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for the rest of us.’’

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