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Phil Scott Flip Flops on Climate Change in First Debate

August 23, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  Last night, Phil Scott attempted to walk back his multiple previous statements that climate change is not driven by human actions.

 

“This was a shameless attempt to pivot back to the center to realign with Vermont values,” said VDP spokesperson, Christina Amestoy. “Again and again, Phil Scott has refused to state unequivocally that a majority of climate change is man made. Changing his tune in one debate will not erase that record.”

 

“In order to find a solution, you need a proper diagnosis. Scott’s refusal to accept the facts to try and win over a wing of his party is unacceptable and threatens the progress on environmental protection that has been made.”

 

“Between his lack of specifics and his unwillingness to take a stance on clear cut issues like climate change, it's impossible to know what he will fight for as governor.”

 

Check the facts:

 

When Asked if Climate Change is Man Made, Scott Said “Whether It’s Man Made or Not is Almost Immaterial.” During a June 2016 radio interview, host Mike Smith asked, “Lieutenant Governor, let’s get right to it. I’ve got a whole host of questions. Do you believe in climate change and you believe it’s man made?” Scott answered, “I believe that the science is real, that the climate is changing, whether it’s man made or not is almost immaterial.” [WDEV, 6/2/16]

 

Scott Claims Climate Change Could be Caused by “Many Different Reasons.” During a gubernatorial forum on climate change in July 2016, Phil Scott was the only candidate on the stage not to immediately agree that climate change is being caused by human actions. Instead he responded, “it could be from many different reasons.” [VT PBS, 7/19/16]

 

Scott Says that Climate Change is Caused by a “Combination” of Factors

When asked where or not he believed that climate change was man made during his “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit, Scott responded that it was a “combination of man-made contributions as well as a natural phenomenon.” [AMA, Reddit, 07/07/16]

 

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Few Specifics Paired with National GOP Talking Points Expected from Phil Scott Tonight

August 22, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  Tonight will be the first debate between Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sue Minter and her Republican counterpart, Phil Scott. While we would hope that it would be a detailed debate about the issues on both sides, it doesn’t seem likely.  

 

“Despite being in office for over 15 years and actively campaigning for governor for over eight months, Phil Scott is still unwilling to provide voters with any plans,” said VDP spokesperson, Christina Amestoy. “Instead of proposing detailed solutions to the challenges Vermonters are facing, Scott has stuck with vague platitudes and talking points pulled straight from the national Republican Party’s platform.”

 

“Tonight will just be more of the same. Scott will claim to stand up for working Vermonters while at the same time refusing to support a minimum wage increase or paid sick leave. He’ll promise to defend the environment but won’t admit climate-change is man made. He’ll say he stands with our LGBTQ community while ignoring the fact that he ran away from them in the dark days after Orlando.”

 

“Vermonters deserve a candidate who can offer specific solutions that reflect Vermont values rather than simply recycle the same talking points we’ve heard from national Republican leaders like Senator Marco Rubio on the environment, Speaker Paul Ryan on families in need, and Senator Mitch McConnell on the LGBTQ community.”

 

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VDP Statement on Phil Scott as the VTGOP Nominee

August 9, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  Tonight, Phil Scott became the official Republican gubernatorial nominee. Vermonters now face a choice between a Democratic candidate with a clear forward-thinking agenda or a rudderless Republican who has failed to offer defined positions beyond those of national Republicans.

 

“On issue after issue Phil Scott has failed to stand with Vermont families, instead falling in line with the Republican national platform,” said VDP spokesperson Christina Amestoy. “Whether its opposing paid sick leave for Vermont families, being against a much-needed raise to the minimum wage for Vermont’s workers, or not believing human actions are causing climate change, Scott has chosen to represent a national Republican platform, not Vermont values.”

 

“This fall we will be focused on supporting our Democratic ticket and ensuring Vermont continues to move forward. We are confident Vermonters will reject Phil Scott and the out-of-touch Republican agenda he represents.”

 

Check the facts:

 

December 2015: Scott Said “Paid Sick Leave is Something That I Think Would Fall Into That Category Of ‘We Don't Need That Right Now.’” In December 2015 WPTZ reported on Scott’s campaign announcement and asked him about several issues. “Reporter: by Vermont standards it was lavish, but Scott shrugs off any criticism that he's opposed raising the minimum wage, and a bill to guarantee paid sick leave to working Vermonters. Scott: Paid sick leave is something that I think would fall into that category of ‘We don't need that right now.’ That would further burden many small businesses at this point.” [WPTZ, 12/3/15]

 

Scott Opposed Paid Sick Leave Legislation. According to the Valley News, “The state Senate on Wednesday approved a new mandate requiring all businesses in Vermont to offer sick leave benefits to employees. The legislation will now go back to the House, where lawmakers may concur or amend the Senate version. Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he would sign paid sick leave legislation. […] Senate President and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott was less than enthusiastic about the details of the bill, which he said ‘is not perfect’ and could hurt small companies. ‘I would have preferred to see the additional exemptions for small businesses offered by amendment today in the Senate,’ Scott said. ‘The timing of this legislation is unfortunate for Vermont’s small businesses who are struggling in light of the numerous mandates the Legislature has imposed on our businesses over the last few years, one example being mandating enrollment in Vermont Health Connect despite the fact that Vermont is the only state in the nation which enacted this for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. These types of mandates further Vermont’s reputation as being unfriendly to the challenges of building a small business.’” [Valley News, 2/5/16]

 

At a June 2016 Debate, Scott Said an Increased Minimum Wage Would Be a Mistake. According to VTDigger, “At a gubernatorial debate here Tuesday morning, Republican Phil Scott declared that the economy ‘should be the issue of this campaign.’ […] They pitched some specific ideas for southern Vermont in light of a recent report on the area’s economic problems. And they jousted on statewide issues including taxes and raising the minimum wage, a topic that came up repeatedly throughout the forum sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce. […] Scott, on the other hand, said a $15 minimum wage would be a mistake because it would hurt employers. ‘Let me be clear: I think that everyone should make more money in Vermont,’ Scott said. ‘I think that’s the end goal. How we get there gets kind of messy.’” [VTDigger, 6/28/16]

 

Scott Argued that Increasing the Minimum Wage “Just Ratchets Up the Cost of Living.” According to the Sun Community News, “Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, also a Republican candidate for governor, has operated a construction business for more than three decades. Scott, speaking at the Irasburg debate, said raising the minimum wage forces businesses to raise wages at all levels of the organization. ‘If there’s a $15 minimum wage, then my (current) $15-an-hour folks are going to want $18, and my $18-an-hour folks are going to want $21, and my $21-an-hour folks are going to want $24. That just ratchets up the cost of living. Who’s going to pay for that? You are,’ he said. […] Scott said the Legislature tied wages to the cost of living index years ago, and did so with a promise that it would fix the issue. ‘Well ten years later, we are having this conversation again,’ he said.” [Sun Community News, 6/19/16]

 

When Asked if Climate Change is Man Made, Scott Said “Whether It’s Man Made or Not is Almost Immaterial.” During a June 2016 radio interview, host Mike Smith asked, “Lieutenant Governor, let’s get right to it. I’ve got a whole host of questions. Do you believe in climate change and you believe it’s man made?” Scott answered, “I believe that the science is real, that the climate is changing, whether it’s man made or not is almost immaterial.” [WDEV, 6/2/16]

 

Scott Claims Climate Change Could be Caused by “Many Different Reasons.” During a gubernatorial forum on climate change in July 2016, Phil Scott was the only candidate on the stage not to immediately agree that climate change is being caused by human actions. Instead he responded, “it could be from many different reasons.” [VT PBS, 7/19/16]

 

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VDP Launches “7 Questions, 7 Days”

August 5, 2016: Do Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman support religious freedom laws backed in the national GOP platform?

 

Burlington, VT

Morning 3, Question 3:

Both Bruce Lisman and Phil Scott have remained quiet on many issues facing the LGBTQ community. So quiet that neither recognized the Orlando attack as an attack on the LGTBQ community. The Vermont GOP is also is silent on LGBTQ rights, apparently deeming the issues as just more “boutique issues” that didn’t make the cut for the party’s platform. But both the national party and the GOP VP nominee have been outspoken on the issues.

 

Would Bruce Lisman or Phil Scott support legislation similar to the First Amendment Defense Act the GOP supports or the RFRA act initially signed into law by Gov Pence?

 

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VDP Calls on Phil Scott to Release Blind Trust Details Before August 9th

August 5, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  The Vermont Democratic Party was pleased to hear Phil Scott provide more details to VTDigger on his plan to establish a “blind trust” and firewall between the governor’s office and DuBois Construction if elected. But it seems like he only believes the press is worthy of hearing the details about that plan.

 

Phil Scott told reporters on August 3rd that he will only release his plan after the August 9th primary. A primary in which he does have a challenger.

 

Today, the VDP called on him to release his plans to voters before they go to the polls.

 

“Voters deserve to know what a candidate plans to do before they head to the polls,” said VDP Executive Director, Conor Casey. “For Phil Scott to withhold this information from voters who are facing a decision on August 9th is disrespectful to Vermonters he is hoping to represent. If he is confident in his plan to combat the conflict of interest he would face if elected, he should be willing to share before his primary.”  

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VDP Launches “7 Questions, 7 Days”

August 4, 2016: Do Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman believe that climate change is man made?

 

Burlington, VT

Morning 2, Question 2:

Between natural disasters and changing weather patterns that affect our tourism industry, Vermont has seen the impacts of climate change. In order to successfully combat these effects, we need to recognize what the driving force behind climate change is, not ignore it.

 

Do Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman agree with over 90% of climate change experts that recent global warming is due to human impact?

 

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VDP Launches “7 Questions, 7 Days”

August 4, 2016: Will Phil Scott, Bruce Lisman, and VTGOP Speak Out Against Trump’s Attacks on the Khan Family?

 

Burlington, VT  With less than a week remaining in Vermont’s primary season there are still a lot of unanswered questions over Bruce Lisman’s and Phil Scott’s positions, and how the Vermont Republican Party will conduct itself throughout the campaign. So we are going to ask a question every morning until polls close. While we could easily come up with more than seven, this is a start.

 

Morning 1, Question 1:

Even as prominent Republicans like Senator John McCain finally agree that Trump has crossed the line with his attack on the Khan family, Vermont’s GOP gubernatorial candidates and the Vermont Republican Party remain silent.  

 

Following Donald Trump’s outrageous comments attacking this Gold Star Family, will Phil Scott, Bruce Lisman, and the Vermont Republican Party speak out?

 

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Scott Remains Quiet on Blind Trust Details

August 2, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  With only one week to go until Primary Day, voters are still in the dark over the details of the blind trust Lt. Gov. Phil Scott plans to put into place if elected. Despite assuring the public that he and his attorney have created a plan to counteract the potential conflict of interest created by his ownership stake in DuBois construction, Scott hasn’t released any plans.

 

Maybe he’s not a “plans” guy.

 

Here is what we know so far:

  • Phil Scott has promised to create a “blind trust” so that he is unaware of what state contracts DuBois Construction is bidding on. But that’s not a blind trust. Scott would still be completely aware of where his private profits were coming from and which policies could increase them while he collects a state salary.

  • Scott says only a small amount of work comes from state contracts, but DuBois Construction earns about 10% of its profits from state contracted work, being paid $2.657 million since becoming lieutenant governor in 2011.

  • A similar plan doesn’t seem to pass the sniff test on the national level. Donald Trump has announced his similar plans to put his businesses in a blind trust - a plan experts have called an “unprecedented ethical dilemma.”

  • Nearly 70% of voters believe that Trump should give up his business interests if elected.

 

So here are the questions we still have for Mr. Scott:

  • What are the details of of his blind trust plan?

  • Even if he is unaware of what contracts his company is bidding on, how can he ensure staff does not favor their boss’s company?

  • How can he ensure voters that his policy positions will not be affected by his personal profit interests in the construction industry?

 

Phil Scott claims he will have “nothing, absolutely nothing to do with it,” but we’d still like to hear some details just to be sure.   

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Republicans Nominate Most Radical, Divisive Ticket in Generations

July 20, 2016

 

Montpelier, VT  Last night, the Republican National Convention officially nominated Donald Trump and running mate, Governor Mike Pence, to grace the top of the ticket as their nominee for president and vice president.  Vermont Republicans were among the eight delegations to officially nominate Trump.

 

The Vermont Democratic Party spoke out against this official nomination.

 

“What seemed like a bad dream back in March has become reality,” remarked VDP spokeswoman, Christina Amestoy. “Donald Trump has risen to the top of the GOP by profiting off of fear and hate, proposing ideas that curtail our civil liberties, and degrading women and minorities. And now he's their nominee.”

 

“The choice voters will face in November is clear and it’s up to each of us to decide what vision for this country we want to support,” continued Ms. Amestoy. “Here in Vermont we also need to decide who we want to lead our state - a leader who will stand up to the platform that Trump now represents, or one who will quietly go along without taking a stance.”

 

“Now is not the time for someone who can’t decide what causes global warming, who fails to stand up for the LGBTQ community after a vicious attack, or who doesn’t understand the support workers need,” said Ms. Amestoy “Vermont will not be isolated from the decisions that play out on a national stage. We need leadership who understands that and actively stands for Vermont’s values when they are threatened.”

   

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Scott Stands Alone in Rejecting Minimum Wage Increase

June 2, 2016

 

Montpelier, VT  Out of the five leading candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is the only candidate who rejects raising the minimum wage. When asked on the VSEA candidate questionnaire if they supported a living wage for Vermonters, only Scott refused to support an increase to our state’s minimum wage.

 

“Phil Scott’s rejection of a minimum wage increase is unacceptable,” said VDP spokesperson Christina Amestoy. “Vermonters deserve fair pay for the work they do. No one should have work multiple jobs just to try and live above the poverty line.”

 

This isn’t the first time Scott has refused to stand up for working Vermonters; a few years ago he voted against even an incremental increase that would have raised Vermont’s minimum wage from $7.00 to $7.25 an hour.

 

“For a candidate that preaches affordability, Scott’s refusal to give hardworking Vermonters the ability to make a living wage is outrageous. If he doesn’t believe our families deserve better wages, he doesn’t deserve to serve,” continued Ms Amestoy. “A candidate who hosts a launch party with a $16,000 price tag, but won’t fight to give a working Vermonter the same annual income is the wrong choice for Vermont.”

 

“We are proud of our three leading Democratic candidates who are all fighting for a true livable minimum wage. Vermonters deserve fair pay for their hard work and as Democrats we will continue to push for this.”

   

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