• Notes from the trail: Shumlin buys land in East Montpelier
    June 18,2012

    Peter Shumlin has added a parcel of land in East Montpelier to his real estate portfolio.

    The governor closed on the 27-acre tract on Monday. He bought it from a good friend, who recently purchased some land and an old farmhouse there.

    It isn’t another investment property. Shumlin plans to build himself a modest abode sometime in the future.

    “I’m going to put in a really energy-efficient governor’s cabin,” he said.

    When can East Montpelier residents expect their new neighbor to begin building?

    “Whenever we get around to it,” he said.

    Though he lives full time in a rented house in Montpelier, Shumlin’s legal residence is in Putney, where his wife, Deborah Holway, lives.

    The two have been separated for years but remain close friends, Shumlin says.


    Set sail, tee up, cash in.

    That’s the motto this week as Vermont politicians, political parties and political action committees ramp up their summer fundraising with a slew of events, including golf tournaments and a Lake Champlain boat trip where lobbyists and business leaders can rub elbows with elected officials and candidates.

    Today is the Vermont GOP Boat Cruise, an evening ride on Lake Champlain with gubernatorial candidate Sen. Randy Brock, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, GOP candidate for treasurer Wendy Wilton, and Sen. Vince Illuzzi, candidate for auditor, according to an invitation.

    Bobbing along the lake with Republicans starts at $125 for individual tickets, according to an invitation. “Sponsorships” range from $225 (if you want to be dubbed a Vermont GOP Freedom Fighter) and up to $2,000 to be a member of the Victory 2012 Club.

    Also today is an annual golf tournament put on by the Vermont Democratic House Campaign, a political action committee devoted to electing, you guessed it, Democratic House members.

    It’s at the Stowe Country Club, and the cost ranges from $250 to $1,000.

    It’s an annual golf outing, but was canceled last year because it had been scheduled so close to Tropical Storm Irene, and it would have been “bad taste” to hold it so close to the historic disaster, said Nick Charyk, the director of the Democratic PAC.

    “It’s a good excuse to give some money and have some fun,” said Charyk.

    Charyk wasn’t sure how much money the event typically raises, he said, and wouldn’t disclose how much the PAC has in its coffers, noting that would be become clear next month.

    But, he added, “we’re doing well.”

    Tuesday brings another golf tournament, this one to support Rutland County Republicans, at the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club.

    And although Shumlin said he won’t be campaigning until after Labor Day, that won’t stop him from tapping into donors’ checkbooks. Shumlin on Wednesday is hosting a fundraiser at the Black Door Bistro in Montpelier.

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