by Peter Freyne
After the stories in the morning Vermont papers about Democratic House Speaker Gaye Symington thinking about pushing back the date of the special summer veto-override session from July 11 to September 11 [and Wednesday's punchy op-ed in the Rutland Herald by Senate Democratic kingpin Peter Shumlin], this email a few minutes ago came as a bit of a surprise, coming as quickly as it did:
Statement by House Speaker Gaye Symington
June 15, 2007
House Speaker Gaye Symington today affirmed that the veto session scheduled for July 11 will proceed as currently scheduled. After several members informed the Speaker of their inability to attend the July 11 session due to long-planned vacations, she decided to explore the option of postponement so that as many members as possible would be present for the vote. After discussing that possibility with the leadership of the minority party caucuses, she concluded that the July 11 date will remain as previously scheduled--at 10:00 am at the Statehouse.
Kudos to GOP Gov. Jim Douglas' Press Secretary Jason Gibbs [right] for a particularly snappy response yesterday to word Speaker Gaye was "thinking about" postponing the July special session.
Said Jason, who's been Jimbo's press guy since the first gubernatorial race against Democrat Doug Racine back in 2002:
"To ask the members to change their plans again, just so they can have more time to try and reverse votes, is alarmingly irresponsible leadership. She and (Senate President Pro Tem Peter) Shumlin selected that date, July 11, one of the latest veto sessions in the history of our state already, based on what was most convenient for their caucus and without regard for what was convenient for the minority."