The head of Vermont’s new Republican super PAC stepped in it big time Wednesday when he lied to Seven Days reporter Paul Heintz about the last time he’d met with GOP gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock.
Brock held court with reporters Wednesday outside the Central Vermont Medical Center to expand on the health care proposal he first unveiled earlier this month. When the topic of the GOP super PAC “Vermonters First” came up, Heintz asked Brock about whether he’d met recently with the group’s treasurer, Tayt Brooks.
Why would Heintz care?
The same federal laws that permit super PACs to spend unlimited sums of money to influence the outcomes of elections also forbid them from coordinating their activities in anyway with the candidates whose political prospects they’re trying to propel.
How did Brock and Brooks answer the question? Read the rest of this post at: http://www.vermontpressbureau.com/untruth-and-consequences-super-pac-head-denies-then-admits-dinner-with-brock/
BERLIN — The Republican nominee for governor of Vermont says he disagrees with presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s remarks about 47 percent of Americans being dependent on government.
But Vermont state Sen. Randy Brock says the comments that Romney made at a Florida fundraiser in May, made public on Monday, won’t affect his support for the presidential candidate.
Brock says he agrees with 80 to 85 percent of Romney’s positions on issues, and says that’s good enough to warrant supporting a candidate.
He was reacting to release of a secretly recorded video in which Romney said nearly half of Americans believe they are victims and entitled to a range of government support.
BERLIN — The Republican running for Vermont governor says there are 25 things the state can do to reduce costs and raise quality in health care.
State Sen. Randy Brock says he’ll outline his ideas during an appearance Wednesday in at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Brock has been critical of incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin’s push for a publicly funded single-payer health care system in the state.
Brock has said he would seek to reduce costs by promoting competition among health insurance companies.
MONTPELIER — As they gear up for their first debate of the campaign, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Republican challenger Randy Brock are squabbling over health care.
Brock is taking issue with Shumlin’s description of Brock’s plan to curtail community rating — a law that requires health insurance companies to charge people the same premiums for the same coverage regardless of age or gender.
Brock says Shumlin is exaggerating the degree to which the Republican would dismantle community rating. A Shumlin aide says Brock would allow insurance companies to charge three times as much for older customers than for younger, healthier ones.
The two are slated to hash out those and other issues in a Vermont Public Radio debate set for Wednesday at 7 p.m.