Milne won’t concede governor’s race, asks Legislature to decide

first_imgRepublican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne has chosen to continue the race for governor by asking the Legislature to decide the election when it convenes in January. Governor Peter Shumlin received the most votes in the November election, but not a majority. The Vermont Constitution states that in such cases where no candidate receives a majority that a simple majority of the Legislature will decide. Each representative and senator gets one vote. In modern Vermont politics, the runner up in a plurality election has not challenged the outcome of the election in the Legislature. Shumlin received 89,509 votes or 46.53 percent of the vote; Milne received 87,075 votes or 45.27 percent. Milne could have but declined to ask for a recount.Milne offered a scathing outline of the Shumlin Administration in a press conference at the State House in Montpelier Monday morning. Milne said legislators will have to “accept responsibility for the results” of their decision. In prior statements, Milne has indicated that since he won the majority of House districts, that those representatives should vote as their constituents did. He indicated that he would not lobby legislators.Milne Statement”I want to thank you for joining me here in the Cedar Creek Room this morning. Julian Scott’s 140 year old painting of a battle in the closing months of our Civil War lends some perspective as we talk about Vermont’s problems, and my plan for getting our state back on track. Although Vermont is in real trouble today, in the context of history – we will be fine – we just need to come together and get to work.”Our problems are a result of poor leadership from our governor and his headstrong administration. It’s an administration that is short on facts and follow-through, while long on politics, opinions, and agendas.Scott Milne. VBM file photo.”Our problems are greater because of our trusting nature. We tend to believe what our leaders tell us. One message of the 2014 election is that many Vermonters are distrustful of the incumbent- they see his continued presence in the executive office as detrimental to our future.”Our government’s way of managing the people’s business and the people’s money is not in keeping with Vermont’s traditional values. This is wreaking havoc all across our great state.”It is a problem that we are unable to control our appetite for spending. Modest growth in tax receipts coupled with large spending increases are causing cuts to this year’s budget and a projected 100 million dollar deficit next year.”It is a problem that we have an increasingly arrogant, Montpelier-centric, government that presumes it knows what is best for all Vermonters- even in the face of growing evidence that our government is out of touch and losing legitimacy. The 2014 election proves this.”It is a problem that people who love Vermont and have done so much to build Vermont are leaving our state because of our deaf government and burdensome cost of living. I believe the 2014 election has highlighted this problem.”I am convinced that Vermonters are way ahead of most politicians, and the politically powerful in understanding the dire situation we are in. The 2014 election supports my conviction.”I am blessed to come from a line of Vermonters who’ve been public servants. My mother, grandfather, and father have all served in our legislature, among many public service roles. I’ve learned from them – and other fine mentors I’ve been fortunate to have – that actions trump words and doing things is more important than promising things.”I believe the senators and representatives who will be electing our next governor in a joint assembly of our legislature in the New Year will place the best interests of Vermont ahead of what is good for themselves or their political interests. If I were one of them, I would very seriously consider a vote for Scott Milne.”By our constitution, when no candidate receives a majority of votes the Joint Assembly elects the governor. The general election did not elect a governor – that will happen in this building in one month.”I don’t have a vote in this election, but if I were a legislator, I’d exercise this franchise independently of any pressure from party politics or personal advantage. I would seek to honor the constitutional oath that by giving my “vote or suffrage, touching any matter that concerns the State of Vermont, [I] will do it so as in [my] conscience [I] shall judge will most conduce to the best…as established by the Constitution, without fear or favor of any person.””I would consider the record of the incumbent, in judging whether his record justifies the blessing of a vote for the office. I would weigh his promises against his performance. No one earns another term, but performance must serve as a measure of fitness.”The unkept promises are a matter of record. The present administration has been unable to produce a workable health care funding system because of poor management and poor planning. Worse, it has done so in secret, hiding its botched attempts to spin gold out of straw. In a desperate attempt to change the conversation, we see last week’s leaked “funding plan” and finally our governor’s promise to deliver a tax increase plan by year’s end. Also last week we learned that the Pre-K law – which our governor promised us four years ago – is now being ignored, offering another insight into the pervasive incompetence of our governor and his team.”There is no plan and no commitment to cleaning up Lake Champlain, but more talk. The state’s finances are a disaster. We have recklessly invested in the idea that government can be everything to everybody. I offer a different way, a slower, more careful approach.I ran for governor on values, believing and knowing that we could do a better job than what I saw coming out of Montpelier.”I believe most voters agree with me.”Some may argue that the incumbent is a changed man and has heard this message and will heed its directive over the next two years. I find this argument pretty hard to believe.”If the legislature in one month chooses to continue along with the current governor and his track record, and it is their choice, then the legislature must also accept responsibility for the results.  I believe Vermont will be on a road to recovery with a democratic legislature and a moderate republican governor. I will surround myself with a politically diverse team-focused totally on fixing our problems, regardless of the political consequence.”I ask only fair consideration in the vote for governor. I would like to say first and foremost that I got into this race to serve Vermont. It is with that goal in mind that I move forward this morning.”Thank you, and I am happy to take a few questions.”last_img read more