He doesn’t have any evidence to support the claim, other than the somewhat bizarre circumstances surrounding the apparently erroneous counting of votes in the Progressive gubernatorial primary. But Jack Lindley, chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, just fired off a press release alleging “collusion” between Gov. Peter Shumlin and Progressive candidate Martha Abbott.
Lindley says he’ll withhold the Republican signature on today’s updated report from the canvassing committee. The committee is, at Jim Condos’ behest, recertifying results in the Prog gubernatorial primary. The new results show Martha Abbott winning by a single vote over anti-mountaintop-wind activist Annette Smith. Smith has said she’ll request a recount.
Look for more from Press Bureau reporter David Taube in tomorrow’s editions of the Times Argus and Rutland Herald. Meantime, Lindley’s screed:
STATEMENT BY GOP CHAIRMAN JACK LINDLEY ON TODAY’S CANVAS REPORT