VDP Statement on Phil Scott's State of the State
January 9, 2020


MONTPELIER, VT — Today, in his fourth January address to lawmakers, Governor Phil Scott did what he does best: posture, pretend, and play Governor.

Following the Governor’s speech, Vermont Democratic Party spokesperson, R. Christopher Di Mezzo, released the following statement:

“‪Scott’s three years in office have proven him to be nothing more than a passive obstructionist trying to get re-elected. ‪Since taking office, Phil Scott has done little more than paint a dire picture of the State of our State — reducing Vermont's stature in an effort to elevate his own.

“Again today, as he has done countless times before, Governor Scott claims to be making Vermont affordable, yet when presented with tangible opportunities to lift up Vermonters he has stood squarely in the way. ‪At Scott’s first real chance to make Vermont a more affordable and attractive place for young people to live, he vetoed legislation that would give folks a raise and guarantee workers a fair paid leave program.

“This governor claims to be watching out for Vermonters and yet he has proven to care more about corporate interests than the interests of the people who elected him.‬

“‪This governor’s passive approach to the duties of his office are staggering.‬ He postures, fails to weigh in on policy proposals, share insights, or offer any indication that he will participate in legislative negotiations.‬ Today’s speech was nothing more than the same visionless politics Vermonters have come to expect from our Politician-in-Chief.

“‪Over the years, Governor Scott has shown Vermont exactly who he is:‬ ‪A visionless politician, weary of taking a stand or proposing policy. A passive obstructionist, afraid of his Republican Party’s base. A governor more interested in diagnosing problems, than fixing them. A guy just trying to get elected.‬

‪”It’s time for a new era of politics in Vermont. It’s time for a leader.” 

R. Christopher Di Mezzo
Director of Communications & Outreach
Vermont Democratic Party
(315) 368-3660
t | @rcdimezzo