Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie told yours truly the reason his official Lite-Gov schedule does not mention his February 2005 trip to Hawaii with his two teenage sons and brother Mike, the National Guard general and his family, is that the law requires him to turn over his schedule ”as is”. And "as is" means he can't add Hawaii later on.
Doobie-Doo released his official schedule this week in response to a public records request from his Democrat challenger Matt Dunne. Once the Not-to-be-Undone Camp got it, they zeroed in on the Hawaii trip and issued an attack press release. “Odum,” sorry, John Odum, over at the Green Mountain Daily blog (on the right) jumped on it on Friday.
On Saturday, Brian Dubie staunchly defended his 2005 in-session winter vacation. His brother Mike Dubie was just wrapping up his tour in the Iraq war zone and asked if they could have a family get together.
“I took four days,” said Lt. Gov. Dubie, “and my regret is that my sons miss too much of family time.”
Lt. Gov. Dubie spoke to us via cellphone while doing a roadside campaign sign & wave from outside of Staples Plaza in South Burlington late Saturday afternoon.
“I am accountable,” said Dubie, adding, “I wish I had more time with my family.”
Doobie-Doo's schedule for that February 2005 week shows him presiding over the State Senate and attending the funeral of State. Sen. Julius Canns. He actually did neither. Asked why the Lite-Gov schedule did not mention the fact he was actually on a “Hawaii Vacation,” Dubie replied, “Why should it?”