Democrats are trolling Vermont’s Republican gubernatorial nominee, Phil Scott, over his claim that he doesn’t know the Koch Brothers.
On Monday, the Democratic Governor’s Association virtually “introduced” Scott, Vermont’s current lieutenant governor, and Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists who have been top Republican Party donors for years.
The email pointed out that the Koch brothers’ political groups have given money to Scott’s past state campaigns.
Here’s the email:
DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold said the stunt was intended to highlight the ties between Scott and the top Republican fundraisers, who host seminars for potential Republican gubernatorial candidates to discuss strategy and policy.
“The Koch brothers may be unpopular in Vermont, but we were shocked when Phil Scott said he said he wasn’t familiar,” Leopold said. “Now Scott can finally stop playing dumb with the media and start being honest about pushing his Koch brother-backed agenda in Vermont. No need for Scott to thank us – we’re happy to remind Vermont about his national Republican puppet strings any time.”
Most recent polls show Scott running neck and neck with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sue Minter in a race where outside money has poured in to help both candidates.
For its part, the DGA has repeatedly needled a number of candidates across the country this election cycle.
The group created a set of fake movie posters mocking North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory over his apparent decision to replace generic posters at a state building with pictures that show the his accomplishments, and mocked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to be Donald Trump’s running mate.