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Where is Cassandra Gekas?

WCAX Reports VPIRG fired Cassandra Gekas, and her former boss Paul Burns freaked out and wrote an email saying she’s “completely unprepared” to run for lieutenant governor.

Hmm…I think she might win.

Related Links:

Health care advocate Gekas sets sights on lieutenant governor office (VT Digger)

oh… and Paul Heintz writing for Seven Days covered this too for “Fair Game” although he got one thing wrong saying that in the Digger story she said she quit.  I didn’t read that in there.  The Digger story says

Paul Burns, executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, said he did not know Gekas had plans to run for lieutenant governor. Now that she is running for office, she has cut ties with VPIRG.

Burns said because the group is a nonpartisan organization, she could not work for VPIRG and run for office. Similarly, he said, the group does not endorse particular candidates.

Where in that did Paul Heintz read that she said she quit? And why is the column still called “Fair Game?” Isn’t that what Shay Totten came up with when Peter Freyne died? Heintz should give the Seven Days political column a new name… like “Heintz Site” or some other silly Seven Days-type pun.

Heintz also posted the full freak-out email from VPIRG (Vermont Public Interest Research Group) executive director  Paul Burns at Blurt.  How does the executive director of anything decide to click send on such a stupid email?

And the Freep’s VtBuzz blog strongly infers Gekas is related to  former congressman George Gekas of Pennsylvania.  I wonder if he’s her father.


1 Nate Orshan { 06.28.12 at 7:25 am }

A rare misstep from the thorough Mr. Heintz. …And to be fair, I think he’s filling in for Andy Bromage, out on paternity leave,so *he’s* the one whom you’d expect to want to rename the column.

2 it's peanut butter/jelly time { 06.28.12 at 9:46 am }


3 actually { 06.28.12 at 3:14 pm }

Actually, Heintz has the column now. Bromage got promoted. And Burns will survive. He’s just so gosh-darned handsome.

4 Confused { 06.28.12 at 3:50 pm }

I’ve never understood commenting with “yawn.” Are you bored? Do you want other people to know you’re bored? Would you like some suggestions of things to do with your time? Are you tired? Need a nap?

Or, are you uncreatively suggesting that this story isn’t that important and that Haik should be focusing on other things?

Whatever the rationale…”yawn” is really not helpful. Try harder.

5 it's peanut butter/jelly time { 06.28.12 at 6:42 pm }

yes, Confused, I’m ‘suggesting that this story isn’t that important and that Haik should be focusing on other things.’

6 Haik Bedrosian { 06.28.12 at 7:01 pm }

You have never supported my blogging Peanut Butter/Jelly Time!

7 Jay Vos { 06.28.12 at 8:56 pm }

VPIRG may not have an opinion on candidates, but they endorsed IRV in the last vote we had on that.

8 it's peanut butter/jelly time { 06.29.12 at 7:17 pm }

i am not who you think i am. i am n0t poopsie. i repeat, i am not poopsie.

9 JAMES DYLAN RIVIS { 07.20.12 at 12:16 am }

Perfect timing to revisit this excellent 2011 column on VPIRG’s ‘darker side’

10 Haik Bedrosian { 07.31.12 at 8:37 pm }

Update. Representative Gekas of PA is Cassandra Gekas’s 2nd cousin. Yep.

11 John Wilmerding MBA { 08.13.12 at 8:29 am }

I walked several hours with Cassandra Gekas here in Brattleboro in early August, when she showed up for the opening of the State Democratic HQ. She is far and away the best candidate for Lt. Governor!

12 Scott { 08.30.12 at 10:14 am }

“Where in that did Paul Heintz read that she said she quit?”

Well, let’s take a look, shall we?

“she has cut ties with VPIRG”
Noun (she, Gekas) did action (‘cut ties’, as in parted ways with, or quit) to noun (VPIRG).

You do read English, yes?

13 Haik Bedrosian { 09.03.12 at 10:41 pm }

I read English. She might have cut ties with them after she was fired, and said as much. The definition of “cutting ties” is ambiguous and may include quitting the job itself, but not necessarily.