Gov. Phil Scott: Let the campaign set a good example


Editor’s note: The following is a statement Gov. Phil Scott released following last week’s primary election referring to the general election campaign with Democratic nominee Christine Hallquist, who is Vermont’s first transgender candidate for governor.

I would like to thank everyone for their support and their vote in the primary election.

As I’ve done in the past, I’ll be running a positive campaign focused on what we have achieved in the last 19 months, and the progress we can continue to make in the years ahead. And I hope Christine will join me in committing to running a campaign that is civil, respectful and sets a good example for our children and youth.

It’s disappointing — and totally unacceptable — to see the hateful and ignorant comments about my opponent on social media and elsewhere on the basis of her gender. I want to be very clear about this: I will not tolerate — and flat-out reject — hateful, discriminatory and disrespectful speech of any type. I’m proud to live in a state that has always been a leader in human rights and equality.

A person’s gender doesn’t dictate whether they’re fit for public office. What does is their commitment to serve, their ideas to improve peoples’ lives, and their ability to listen. However, we should all be proud as Vermonters that we are building on our legacy of inclusion, as Christine joins the late Karen Kerin, a Vermont Republican with whom I campaigned in the past, as the second transgender statewide candidate.

Most of us believe in treating all people with dignity and respect, so I’m hopeful that Vermonters will join me, and Christine, in elevating this campaign — and all of the discussions about it — to a respectful debate about which candidate is best equipped to continue to grow the economy, make Vermont more affordable, and lead the state to prosperity.

Thank you again for your support, and let’s do this the Vermont way.

One Response to "Gov. Phil Scott: Let the campaign set a good example"

  1. Charles Laramie   September 18, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Vermont has always prided itself on its freedom; Freedom and Unity is her Motto. This election season Vermont’s Founding Fathers would be very disappointed. In this election the people’s right to speak, the people’s right to be heard and the people’s right to hear the viewpoints of all their prospective candidates has been taken from them.
    Only Governor Scott and Ms. Hallquist have been invited to take part in the debates. I have been told I would not be welcome. There was a debate on September 14, at the Tunbridge Fair, there is one scheduled for Oct 10, at the Paramount in Rutland, hosted by VTDigger, and one on October 24, hosted by VT Public Radio and PBS.
    The Executive director of VTDigger, Anne Galloway wrote to me in a series of emails, that my press conference in Montpelier held on Monday Sept 17, was just “Sound and fury and no substance not something I’m inclined to cover,” she wrote. She also told me “You can run a campaign with no money” and that it “Helps to actually run a campaign.”
    A clip of my press conference can be seen on NBC 5 Burlington. It was long on substance with no Sound and Fury. The full press conference can be found at where viewers will see it was all about substance. Ms. Galloway missed out on all of it.
    However I am most disappointed in Governor Scott and Ms. Hallquist. They both purport to want to lead Vermont and stand up and do what’s right and best for her citizens. Yet they refuse to allow those very same citizens the right to hear the views of other candidates who had to follow the same guidelines to enter the Governor’s race as they did.
    Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords refused to sit down at a debate unless all the candidates were allowed a seat at the table. Vermonter’s take pride in their town meeting days because all are allowed their say, should an election be any different. It’s time for Mr. Scott and Ms. Hallquist to take a lesson from Jim Jeffords and show some integrity by refusing to sit.


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