Ex-Gov./ex-DNC chair Howard Dean (D) talks "on the phone several times a week" with '02 LG nominee/state Senate Pres. Pro Tem Peter Shumlin (D), while Gov. Jim Douglas (R) "boarded a motor home" 10/9 "to travel across" the state on behalf of LG Brian Dubie (R).
The "once and current" VT governors "have each worked closely with their party's candidate for governor" and "have seen them navigate policy and politics and have been their mentors and allies. Each knows his candidate's ability to run the state about as well as anyone could. Both Dean and Douglas enjoyed relative popularity among Vermont voters and won the support of moderates who will be key to deciding the" Nov. election.
Douglas: "I believe strongly in Brian's candidacy. I believe he's the best person to lead our state for the next few years."
Dean, on Shumlin: "He's very smart. He knows the issues. He knows how to move people. He's ready to be governor."
"Dean and Shumlin worked together in the Statehouse" for 13 years "where Dean" was LG and then governor and Shumlin "was a member of the House, then the Senate, including six years as Senate president pro tempore while Dean was governor."
Douglas "said he doesn't recall meeting Dubie until" '00 "when Dubie ran unsuccessfully for" LG "and Douglas was" VT Treas. In '02 "Douglas won the open governor's seat" that "Dean was vacating" and "Dubie won the open" LG seat. In 8 years in office together, "Douglas said he's gotten to know Dubie" (Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press, 10/10).
At a 10/10 rally, Douglas stumped on Dubie's behalf.
Douglas: "We canot afford all of Peter Shumlin's promises. ... Where's the money going to come from? You know -- out of our pockets."
Douglas, on Dubie: "Brian has been our ambassador beyond our borders, promoting Vermont's brand, products and services to Canada, Cuba and China. He has chaired important commissions for me on homeland security and healthy aging. He has been there with me when we've talked to Democratic leadership about reducing those taxes and balancing the budget. ... He has been intimately involved in all the major policy choices we've been working on these past few years" (Wright, Bennington Banner, 10/10).
Liars, Liars, Pants On Fire
"Truth is the first casualty in war" and that truism "may make sense that in a" '10 GOV race "that has been unusually nasty by VT "standards." Shumlin's "mistruths have tended to be about the state of the world, or just being a bit fast and loose with the facts," while Dubie's "mistruths have tended to pack more of a wallop, because they've come in the context of harsh criticisms directed at Shumlin."
For example, Shumlin said "in a national television interview in" Mar. "that Germany gets 30 percent of its electricity from solar energy" but "it's actually around 1 percent." Dubie said "through much of the fall campaign that Shumlin planned, if elected governor, to lay off 300 Vermont Corrections Department workers" but "Shumlin has never said anything like that."
And in recent footage "Dubie can be seen brandishing a list as he says, 'These are the 780 individuals that are on that list. On this list, there are people that deal with pornography with children, there are drug dealers, there's a comprehensive list of who these people are. That's what my ad says; that's what the list is.'" But Dubie's campaign "later" acknowledged "that it was not a list of inmates. Rather, it was a spreadsheet listing crimes for which inmates might or might not be eligible for early release"
Dartmouth prof. Linda Fowler "said such straying from the facts is forgivable." Fowler: "These kinds of factual things are easy to mix up. You've got all this kind of free-floating information out there. It's easy to make these kinds of factual errors."
Folwer, on Dubie's list incident: "That starts to get closer to the line. It's dubious but not over the line, because he could have been given the list without the proper background from his staff. You don't know what his motivation is there" (Gram, Bennington Banner, 10/10).
Bad Work If You Can Get It
"No matter which candidate will lead" VT "come" Jan, "he will start deep in a fiscal hole" of $112M. Shumlin, on his ability to balance the budget: "Of the two candidates running for governor, there is only one who has written budgets, negotiated budgets and passed balance budgets. ... I am going to use exactly the same techniques I have sued over the last two years. Listen, talk and make tough choices" (Porter, Rutland Herald, 10/10).
He Didn't Fight The Law, And He Might Win
Dubie "won the endorsement" of the VT Sheriffs' Assoc. 10/8, citing "Dubie's support for public safety in his role as chairman of the Governor's Homeland Security Council" (Burlington Free Press, 10/9).