Dems accuse Wright of flip-flopping

For Immediate Release from the Vermont Democratic Party
January 20, 2012
Contact: Alicia D’Alessandro
Phone- (802) 468.7097

Montpelier, VT- Yesterday in the Vermont House of Representatives, Kurt Wright voted “no” on the Budget Adjustment Act related to the FY 2012 budget. At approximately noon on Friday, after the Vermont Democratic Party criticized Wright’s vote as out of touch with his Burlington constituents, Wright changed his vote. VDP Chair Jake Perkinson released the following statement about Wright’s flip flop:

“Kurt Wright is practicing the politics of convenience. Yet again, Kurt is running from his own statements and actions. When he thought no one from Burlington was paying attention, in Montpelier he voted party-line Republican and against Burlington interests. Once called out on his vote, he conveniently changed his tune. Earlier this month, he ran away from his Burlington Telecom statement that it would be ‘morally wrong’ for the city not to make payments to CitiCapital even if a federal judge determined that it had no legal obligation to do so. After being roundly criticized for siding with a big bank over Burlingtonians, Kurt changed his mind.”

Statement from Reps. Joey Donovan and Kesha Ram

“Yesterday, Kurt voted along party lines against a bill that will provide funding for social work, substance abuse intervention, law enforcement and refugee resettlement initiatives that are critical to the well-being of Burlington and in line with Burlington values. And today, Kurt changed his mind. We have a crisis in our community. We have a funding problem with regard to vital programs, and Kurt only changed his tune once he was challenged on his vote. One reason we’re supporting Miro is his understanding that part of the mayor’s role is to be Burlington’s advocate in Montpelier – to fight against poverty and crime, and to support substance abuse recovery programs that are in the best interests of a better Burlington. The citizens of Burlington deserve a new mayor who looks out for them from start to finish.”

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