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Shumlin responds to backlash from 'bonehead' comment

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Gov. Peter Shumlin is back in Vermont, but not backing down from his comment that Transportation Agency employees were "boneheads."

Signs in Bennington celebrate the success of the Mount Anthony wrestling program, but they were illegally erected in the state right of way and ordered taken down. In a visit to Bennington this week, the governor called the VTrans employees who made that decision "boneheads."

The comment drew criticism from the state employees union and some legislators. When asked about that Friday, the governor did not directly respond to the controversy over his choice of words, but did stand by his position on the signs.

"I think that's pretty much yesterday's story. Bottom line: I expressed my frustration with the simple fact that when we have a community that's celebrating the fact of a sports championship-- 25 years now in Bennington in winning the wrestling championship in this case-- you've got to expect that parents would want to put up some signs and obviously celebrate. So, I think there's times where you really push enforcement and times where maybe as in a speeding ticket you give a warning instead of a ticket. I just want those families to be able to celebrate the great accomplishment of their kids," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.

The governor added that town officials know they can't just put signs up where it's illegal, but he feels there's a way to get it done.

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