by Guy Page
Speaking at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Phil Scott made his first public statement about Saturday morning’s vandalism at the Vermont State House.
Police say someone(s) scrawled graffiti on the granite walkway outside the front door and broke windows in seven first-story window frames. The spray-painted graffiti says “If abortions aren’t safe, you’re not either.”
As recorded on video by WCAX, Scott said Tuesday: “This is unacceptable from any side of the equation. We have proven that we will give latitude in any way in terms of free speech but not in terms of damage to public infrastructure.”
The press conference, held in Grand Isle County, was not attended by Vermont Daily Chronicle.
Sen. Becca Balint, President of a Vermont Senate with windows broken in four committee rooms, still has not discussed the vandalism on her Twitter page. Other subjects discussed since Saturday morning:
School safety: “Arming teachers and staff makes us less safe. Here’s what makes schools safer: passing common sense gun safety laws that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. These murders are a policy choice by those in Washington who refuse to act.
Student debt: “We absolutely need to cancel all student debt.”
SCOTUS overturning Roe V. Wade: “My anger is real. But I want Vermonters to know first, abortion is still legal in Vermont.”
Rep. Peter Welch, another former Vermont Senate Pro Tem, also has been silent about vandalism on his social media.