The other shoe drops: 13-year-old announces his candidacy for governor of Vermont

The other shoe drops: 13-year-old announces his candidacy for governor of Vermont
Ethan Sonneborn (Image: CNN video screen grab)

This ought to delight fans of David Hogg. It will certainly be a source of comfort to Democratic fundraiser Scott Dworkin, who at the height of Hoggmania wrote on Twitter:

Look at the gigantic crowd of teens at Union Station in DC headed to the US Capitol to protest. Wow. These kids are gonna save us all. [Emphasis added]

Dworkin isn’t the only Democrat who thinks adults had better turn the keys to the country over to children. Hogg himself expressed that opinion, albeit in more colorful language than Dworkin when he observed in March, “Our parents don’t know how to use a f*cking democracy, so we have to.”

Now one minor is acting on that advice. No, it is not Hogg (which it’s hard to imagine will come as a disappointment to anyone) but an eighth-grader from Vermont, who has said he wants to be governor. And that’s not an aspiration for when he grows up. He means now.

The child’s name is Ethan Sonneborn, and he is banking on the fact that there are no legal limits on the age (minimum or maximum) of gubernatorial candidates in the Green Mountain State.

Judging from the video that follows, Sonneborn is more articulate than Hogg (which again doesn’t seem like an enormous hurdle), though he tends to speak in vague generalities. If you have an hour and 20 minutes to kill, you can watch a primary debate held on Aug. 2 in which he faced off against the four adult Democrats also running for governor.

Sonneborn has state that if he’s elected, he will drop out of school. Here’s hoping that that, if nothing else, will deter the people of Vermont from casting their ballot for him.

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