It’s been six years since Democrats swept to power in Montpelier, but they’re facing some unlikely critics as they try to retain it. And the Democratic gubernatorial candidates seeking to replace one of their own say Vermonters have lost faith in government under one-party rule.
At a Statehouse press conference earlier this month, Democratic candidate for governor Matt Dunne delivered a grim assessment of state government.
“I’m hearing from Vermonters something that I have never heard before in my life in this state, including a long-time in public service, which is that they’re starting to lose trust,” Dunne says.
Dunne cited an EB-5 scandal that for years went undetected by the state regulators assigned to oversee it. And he lamented the failure by a Democratically controlled Legislature to create an ethics commission he says it needed to vet alleged improprieties by lawmakers and executive branch officials.
“When it comes to promoting and protecting the integrity of our government, our laws and institutions just don’t measure up,” Dunne says. “To build a house, you have to trust the foundation. And we are at a moment when our foundation is shakier than I can remember it being in my lifetime.”
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