Tempers were running high at Gov. Peter Shumlin's weekly press conference Thursday, when reporters from the Times Argus and Seven Days began prodding the governor about a land deal he made with friends in East Montpelier.
The Times Argus first reported the purchase in June. While the governor has millions to his name, he went in on the 27-acre parcel with friends, who also happen to be campaign donors. While he calls the home a cabin, reporters began asking about the large 2,200-square-foot home and who might be staying with him there. Others accused him of getting a better deal because of his high-profile position. The governor then abruptly ended the press conference and walked out during further questioning.
"What did you leave the Times Argus and take a job with the National Inquirer? Nice seeing you all," Shumlin said as he walked out of his press conference.
The governor said multiple times he would not discuss his personal life nor the private lives of his friends involved in the deal.