by Peter Freyne
Just got off the phone with “Vermont This Week” host Stewart Ledbetter.
He said he did not care to respond directly to Progressive State Rep. David Zuckerman’s charge that he had engaged in “irresponsible journalism” on Friday evening’s Vermont Public Television program. [See "Irresponsible Journalism" post two down.]
Ledbetter suggested Zuckerman hadn’t told the truth in “Inside Track” last week when he said Democratic Senate Boss Peter Shumlin had on two ocassions suggested Democrats and Progressives have mended fences and Progressive Anthony Pollina might be a candidate the Ds could back in a race against incumbent Republican Gov. Jim Douglas in 2008.
“[Zuckerman] can say what he wants to say,” said Ledbetter.
Though Shumlin still hasn’t returned our calls, Stew said he spoke with him around lunchtime on Friday via phone, and "because of that conversation," Ledbetter told us, he said what he said on the Vermont Public Television airwaves about someone “not telling the truth.”
“Shumlin said he was trying to be diplomatic about how the Democrats and Progressives could work together,” said Ledbetter. Shummy told him, he said, that he had been “very clear and careful” in talking to Zuckerman that he was not backing Anthony.
Shumlin did have nice things to say about Pollina, said Ledbetter, including “that he was articulate and a good speaker.”
Ledbetter said Shumlin also made other “off-the-record comments” to him which he did not share with yours truly.
“I wasn’t there in Montpelier,” said Stew. “It’s a ‘He said-He said.’”