Memo to Vermont state workers: Call Gov. first before talking

A memo directing state commissioners, agency secretaries and their employees to call Gov. Peter Shumlin’s office before they respond to media inquiries was never intended to muzzle anybody, according to the governor’s office.

Darren Springer, Shumlin’s new chief of staff, sent the private memo urging state officials to reach out to Scott Coriell, the governor’s press secretary, before calling news reporters, conducting interviews, or writing opinion pieces for newspapers. Continue…