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  [Ex-VT Auditor] Jay Gordon: A gentleman and a scholar
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AuthorSteven Pappas
MediaNewspaper - Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
News DateFriday, December 7, 2007 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionMONTPELIER — State Auditor Thomas Salmon Jr. credits Jay Gordon in large part for where he sits today.

In fact, were it not for Gordon, a Democrat who ousted an 11-term incumbent Republican for the state auditor's job in an on-a-whim race in 1964, Salmon might be teaching math rather than serving the public as the top overseer of accounts.

About 25 years ago, Salmon, a Bellows Falls native whose father served as governor, sought out Gordon, another Bellows Falls native, for advice on where he should focus his life. As a sophomore at Boston College, Salmon was pursuing mathematics, but Gordon, who was serving the elder Salmon, pointed the young man in another equally numerate direction: accounting.

That meeting in a White River Junction coffee shop changed Salmon's life, and Gordon, a longtime friend of the family, graciously followed the young man's career as it culminated last year in high-profile, tight recount to claim the same post Gordon had held for two terms more than 30 years ago.
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