FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director
Phil Scott Silent on Ethics Commission
September 27, 2016
Burlington, VT On Saturday, Phil Scott finally announced he would take steps to begin to address the questionable relationship between his duties if elected governor and DuBois Construction - something he has ignored throughout his entire campaign. Yet even in his announcement, he refused to admit the existence of a conflict of interest, instead calling it a “distraction.”
“Voters deserve to know, from day one, that their interests come first,” said Christina Amestoy, VDP spokesperson. “Phil left his constituents in the dark for over a year and still owes it to them to release full detail of the sale. Vermonters deserve to have answers upfront, not just when political pressures force them.”
On the Democratic side, Sue Minter has called for the establishment of a state ethics commission, stating its need as ‘imperative.’ An independent ethics commission would have addressed the relationship between Scott’s elected office and DuBois Construction - a relationship that has existed over the last 15 years. And it could have been able to offer a needed resolution as Scott seeks a promotion.
“Despite rhetoric about bringing back trust in government, Phil Scott is silent on what concrete steps he would take to prevent future ethical questions from going unanswered,” highlighted Amestoy. “If Scott refuses to admit his relationship with DuBois Construction is more than just a “distraction,” then voters deserve an independent authority to fully address the issue. Will Scott join Minter in calling for an ethics commission that would address questions like those surrounding his relationship and that of his family’s with DuBois Construction?”
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