Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s not running for re-election – yet. He’s just raising money in case he does.
Shumlin’s comments Thursday came one day before the deadline for filing the first campaign finance reports of the 2012 election cycle, and Shumlin’s coffers are expected to be a key measure of his political strength.
Shumlin’s only been governor for a little more than six months, and he says he’s too busy with a range of projects to be thinking about campaigning right now.
But his campaign finance chairman this week has been sending out repeated email appeals asking for money in advance of Friday’s reporting deadline. Vermont is one of two states with a two-year term for governor, and Shumlin says he’s fine with that.