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GOP candidate Brock says Gov. Shumlin takes too many trips

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If you look through the governor's official schedule, it isn't uncommon to see him travel to Washington, D.C., Montreal or New York City.

"I go to meet with IBM to see how we can grow jobs. I go to Wall Street to see how we can maintain our bond rating. I go to Quebec to find opportunities to build on our trading partnership," said Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont.

"Governor Shumlin has been absent from Vermont for 119 days. That's 17 weeks-- just shy of four months," said Randy Brock, Republican for Vt. governor.

Brock says even if it is official business, it's too much time out of state.

"The ship of state demands a captain at the wheel at all times. Peter Shumlin has not been at the wheel," Brock said.

According to the Shumlin administration, the governor has been out of state for 2,858 hours, which shakes out to at least 119 days. Of those days, 44 were official travel and 75 were personal time off.

His vacation time was heavily reported by the media. Still, the Shumlin administration says if it were possible, they'd happily stack their record next to any former chief executive of the state.

"I am no different than past governors," Shumlin said. "I love being in Vermont. There are times when I have to go out of state. No one should be running for governor that isn't prepared to travel out of state."

"All I'm saying is according to the records provided by the governor's office, that's what he did. And in terms of contrast, that's not what I'm going to do," Brock said.

Over the past two months, WCAX News has reached out to Governor Douglas himself, his former staff, the state archivist, the treasurer's office and worked with several members of the Shumlin administration in an effort to find a former governor's schedule. None are available.

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