OK, if you love Maury and Jerry Springer…make way for Cris Ericson, an Independent candidate running for governor of Vermont and a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. As part of her platform, she has proposed a weekly Saturday night television show with a live studio audience that’ll decide the fate of state prisoners.
She explained that she would invite 100 Vermonters each week to an auditorium in the Governor’s office building where they would boo or cheer those requesting a pardon.
Her proposal states that friends and family members of the prisoners up for pardon would be invited to speak on their behalf. At the conclusion of the presentation, the audience would then vote on whether the Governor should grant a pardon.
Ericson envisions selling the show “worldwide on cable TV,” which would then “make a fortune” for Vermont’s general fund.
Additionally, Ericson said she’d “pardon a few of the people who violate the new, unconstitutional anti-gun laws and some of the non-violent offenders of other laws to save Vermonters money.”
However, before you start making travel plans to Montpelier, a Vermont Public Radio-Vermont PBS Poll taken in October found that Ericson had a 1% chance of being elected by those polled.
Republican Phil Scott led with 42% while Democrat Christine Hallquist followed with 28%.
Here’s her ‘Candidate Commentary’ video from Vermont PBS: