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October 19, 2012

Poll: VT Candidate Fashion — Who Wore It Best?

We once again interrupt our really pretty serious campaign coverage to bring you this bit of election-year infotainment.

Every candidate running for office knows that how you look is almost as important as what you say. But politicians, as a rule, don't have huge fashion palettes to work with. For the fellas, there's the shirt and tie, with an optional blazer. For the ladies, it's a Hillary-style pantsuit or a Palinesque pencil skirt and blouse.

But in Vermont — a state known for its trendsetting fashion sensibilities — candidates are finding subtle ways to spice things up: a fleece vest here, a yellow rain slicker there. Hey, they don't call us the Milan of New England for nothing!

So here's a game for you politics/fashion junkies, using photos the candidates themselves posted on their Facebook pages. With apologies to US Weekly, we present "Vermont Candidate Fashion: Who Wore It Best?" Two candidates wearing the same attire — you decide who looks better. Check back for results.

THE FLEECE VEST

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, or Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell

Fleece Vest 5 Fleece vest 6

 

THE V-NECK SWEATER

Republican State Sen. Bill Doyle, or Republican state auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi

  Doyle V Neck Sweater Vince neck sweater

 

 

BLUE SHIRT WITH YELLOW TIE

Republican state auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi, or Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin 

Blue Shirt Yellow Tie 3 Blue Shirt Yellow Tie

 

 

THE YELLOW RAIN SLICKER

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock, or Republican state auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi

Brock Yellow rain slicker Vince Yellow rain slicker

 

 

THE TUX

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, or Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott

  Shumlin Tux Phil Scott Black Tie

 

 

THE RED DRESS

Republican state treasurer candidate Wendy Wilton, or Independent gubernatorial candidate Emily Peyton

Wilton Red Dress Emily Peyton Red Dress

 

 

WORKOUT ATTIRE

Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, or Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell

Phil Scott Workout Sorrell Workout

 

 

AVIATORS

Republican Attorney General Candidate Jack McMullen, or Vice President Joe Biden (OK, he's not a Vermont candidate, but he sure does look sharp!)

McMullen Aviators Biden aviators 2

 

 

THE HULA HOOP

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, and First Lady Michelle Obama (OK, she's not even a candidate, but c'mon!) (Note: Shumlin's picture was the handiwork of a quick-thinking Stewart Ledbetter of WPTZ).

  Shumlin hoolahooping Michelle Obama hula hoop

 

 

THE FEDORA

Democratic/Progressive state auditor candidate Doug Hoffer, or super lobbyist Jack Abramoff (OK, not a candidate either, but we couldn't resist)

Doug Hoffer Fedora Jack Abramoff

 

 

THE SCARECROW COSTUME

Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, or the actual Scarecrow 

Phil Scott as Scarecrow The Actual Scarecrow 

 

 

THE TURBAN

Progressive/Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Cass Gekas, or President Barack Obama 

Cass in Turban Obama in a Turban

 

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