• Candidates squabble over time off
    October 17,2012

    MONTPELIER — Vermont’s two leading candidates for governor continue to squabble over how much time off they’ve taken.

    Republican challenger Randy Brock criticized Democratic incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin for being out of state and handing control of government over to Lt. Gov. Phil Scott for a total of 119 days during the past 21 months.

    A Democratic party official fired back Monday, saying Brock’s calendar from his time as state auditor in 2005 and 2006 indicate he was on the job just 31 percent of the time.

    Brock said there were times he worked at home, but that he was always available to his staff by phone or email.

    As for Shumlin being out of state 119 days, there have been more than 190 holiday and weekend days since he took office.

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