GOP state senator endorses a Democrat to replace her

April McCullum

A departing Vermont Republican state senator says she would like a Democrat to take her seat.

Sen. Carolyn Branagan, R-Franklin, announced Saturday that she is endorsing Democrat Pam McCarthy and incumbent Republican Sen. Randy Brock.

Branagan backed McCarthy over the other Republican candidate, Rep. Corey Parent.

"Because I have run as a Republican before does not mean I always automatically support all the Republicans," Branagan said in a telephone interview.

In a letter published in the St. Albans Messenger on Saturday, Branagan emphasized the importance of McCarthy's "maturity and experience."

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