by vtgop on February 8, 2012
Montpelier, VT . . . The Vermont Republican Party today released the following statement from Paul Carroccio, Acting Chair:
“This week it was reported that a representative of the American Federation of Teachers bullied and intimidated a Vermont lawmaker as part of a campaign to unionize child-care providers.
“It was reported that one individual connected with this lobbying effort had the gall to intimidate a leader of the Vermont Senate by sliding a piece of paper across his desk that showed how much money the union had spent on political action committees supporting that legislator and other Vermont Democrats, and asking him to support the bill.
“This type of behavior is reprehensible, and has no place in the Vermont State House. Bullying and intimidating lawmakers as they consider bills is not the Vermont Way, and all Vermonters should be shocked and appalled at the actions of this special interest group.
“This despicable behavior cannot and should not be swept under the rug. Today, I call upon the Attorney General to investigate this matter and determine whether any state laws were broken. Should his investigation point to a possible violation of federal law – such as the Hobbs Act – I would ask that he refer this matter to the proper federal authorities.
“I also call upon legislative leaders to stand up to AFT and any other organization that tries to use this tactic for legislative gain. The message must be clear – this type of behavior will not be tolerated in Vermont.”