Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (R) released his first negative ad, featuring Planned Parenthood board member Candy Moot accusing former state Transportation Secretary Sue Minter (D) of supporting higher taxes.
Moot: “Our families simply cannot afford Sue Minter. Thankfully, we have a better choice.” (release)
He also released a positive spot promising to make Vermont more affordable if elected. (release)
TEAMWORK. “The National Education Association has joined a coalition of special-interest groups financing television ads in support of … Minter. … The national teachers union, whose Vermont affiliate endorsed Minter in August, contributed $75,000 over the past week to Our Vermont, a super PAC founded and largely funded by the Democratic Governors Association. Our Vermont has spent nearly $639,000 over the past three weeks and more than $1.3 million since the August primary. … While the NEA may support Minter for her education policies, the ads it is sponsoring don’t mention the subject.” (Seven Days)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) endorsed Minter at a rally with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) on Wednesday.
Franken: “For Vermont’s sake, we need to keep Vermont in the tradition of remaining a state that cares about the middle class.” (release)
Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch (D) will campaign with Minter across the state the rest of the week. (release)
ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND POLITICS. “To Sharon Toborg of Vermont Right to Life,” Planned Parenthood ads attacking Scott’s record on abortion rights “are unfair and any suggestion that Scott is pro-life is absurd. She said her organization’s support for him has been blown out of proportion. The ‘recommendation,; she said, is far short of an endorsement. The organization reviewed the record of the two candidates and suggested in a mailer which one of the two would be more acceptable, she said. … Toborg, the group’s treasurer, said Planned Parenthood and pro-choice supporters are using her group to ‘gin up’ a false controversy over abortion rights when it’s not a pressing issue in Vermont.” (VTDigger)