Gov. Peter Shumlin prepares to deliver his final State of the State address last Thursday at the Statehouse.
Gov. Peter Shumlin plans to take his road show to Iowa this week, campaigning for former secretary of state Hillary Clinton across eastern Iowa on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Vermont Democrat endorsed Clinton last May, electing jeers on social media from supporters of his home-state senator, Bernie Sanders, who is locked in a close race with Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders campaigned for Shumlin ahead of the governor's narrow reelection in 2014.
According to the Clinton campaign, Shumlin will visit campaign offices in Burlington, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Grinnell and Newton to meet with supporters and volunteers. He'll also host an organizing event Wednesday in Keokuk and will speak Thursday evening at the Ankeny Area Democrats' Winter Banquet in Des Moines.
According to Shumlin spokesman Scott Coriell, the Clinton campaign will foot the bill for the trip.
WCAX-TV first reported the governor's travel plans Tuesday afternoon. Shumlin's office typically announces such events in its weekly schedule, which it releases Friday afternoons. This time, it waited until after Shumlin held his last public event prior to the trip before disclosing it.
This isn't the first time Shumlin has traveled outside Vermont to campaign for Clinton. In August and September, he took part in campaign events in New Hampshire. Shumlin's also not the first prominent Vermonter to make the trip to the Hawkeye State. In December, former governor Howard Dean campaigned for Clinton in Iowa.