So who is this Phil Baruth? Seven Days launched a resource-intensive investigation to learn the truth. But after numerous public records requests, dozens of scathing editorials and many nights of digging through Philip Baruth's trash, we were no closer to an answer.
So we picked up the phone, dialed Philip Baruth and asked him.
"The easiest answer is, all my life people have called me both," said Phil/Philip. "And when I got elected two years ago, basically everybody in Montpelier called me Phil. And I liked it."
Baruth says that if re-elected, he'll make the switch to Phil permanent. At least for his political identity. His professorial persona is another matter.
Whether Phil or Philip, it sure beats his childhood nickname — Philly. "My mother, grandfather and grandmother called me Philly," Baruth says.
Damn. Now, there's a campaign sign we'd love to see.