Let’s Play Connect-V-Tel the Dots!

VtDigger.org has done some digging and has the emails to Connect-V-Tel the dots.

They found that Karen Marshall, until recently Governor Shumlin’s telecom czar at the ConnectVT project, had dinner with  VTel owner Michel Guite and his daughter just one day before voting the company $5 million in grants.

Further, the dinner and the vote were only a matter days before Guite offered and she accepted a high-level job with VTel.

From VtDigger.org:

The emails suggest that Marshall had an early dinner with the two Guités on Dec. 6 in Waterbury.  On Dec. 7, the Vermont Telecommunications Authority’s (VTA) 9-member board, where Marshall served as a gubernatorial appointee, voted in a voice vote to add $70,000 to an April grant award worth $5 million, to Springfield’s Vermont Telephone Company (VTel), Guité’s telecommunications firm.

When asked by Vtdigger.org about it, Michel Guite says he didn’t talk to Marshall about a new job at that dinner: “I’m sure it didn’t happen.”

It may indeed not have happened. However this sure doesn’t look good. That’s the thing with ethics: good ones don’t look bad.

4 thoughts on “Let’s Play Connect-V-Tel the Dots!

  1. REPUBLICANS do this shit all the time.  But they’re BAD.  Give Ms. Marshall a HUG.  (“Things will get better…I feel your pain…I’m just a HUMAN BEING…Get over it…It’s time we moved on…Pass me the money…etc”)

  2. Actually, legally, the standard of conflict of interest IS appearance. Since we can’t delve inside the skull of the person involved we have to rely on how it looks. BP is spot on: “good ones don’t look bad.”

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