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First Negative Scott Ad Targets Minter on Taxes

The NEA is backing the DGA’s state PAC.

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Zach C. Cohen
Nov. 3, 2016, 11:11 a.m.

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)

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