Poll ignites tit for tat in AG race

We just got an email from Bill Sorrell, sent to media outlets and written as a letter to TJ Donovan. The letter asks Donovan to release the questions included in a poll (which Sorrell frames as a ‘push poll’ based on coverage by Seven Days, more on that in a sec) that had been performed by an out-of-state polling firm, and was reported by two Sorrell partisans. For the full Seven Days article by Paul Heintz, click here. Donovan denies the poll was anything but a rigorous survey.

The poll cost $10,000. Sorrell’s letter is below the fold.

Dear T.J.,

Vermont is a special place and our politics are no exception. Unlike the negative campaigns dominating the national political scene, Vermonters take pride in the civility of our political debates and the respect shared between political opponents.

Campaigning with civility and respect are all the more important when one’s political opponent is a fellow Democrat. The five Democratic candidates who participated in the historic 2010 gubernatorial primary set a high standard worthy of all Democrats to follow. Those candidates ran a spirited, but positive campaign, focused on substantive issues, and at the end of the day, the Democratic Party was better for it.

In light of the recent story in Seven Days, in which your campaign was alleged to have engaged in push polling, I have two requests:

(1)  In the interests of transparency, release the scripts of the questions your campaign paid an out-of-state consulting firm to ask Vermonters. Keep the results of the poll private; just release the questions.

(2)  Join me in signing the attached pledge to run a positive issue oriented campaign and to refrain from negative campaigning. Our party is made stronger by positive issue oriented debate, but can be torn apart by employing negative campaign tactics.

I hope you will consider releasing the polling scripts and signing this pledge. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

 

All the best,

 

Bill Sorrell

Attorney General

 

Please note that Vermont media outlets have been cc’ed on this email.

 

One Response to Poll ignites tit for tat in AG race

  1. So, of 400 people polled, ONE PERSON has come forward, Neil Marinello, a retired psychologist from Woodstock and father of an assistant attorney general, Kyle Marinello-Landis, employed in Sorrell’s office? Why is this allegation even being taken seriously? Come on! It seems that this is more like a tactic to distract from Donovan’s request for 3 more debates. Having been to two of their debates already, I can understand why Mr. Sorrell would not want to do more.  Let’s get on with the campaign and talk about the real issues that are important to Vermonters. Debates, live in front of us is what we should really be covering.