Milne And Leahy Trade Jabs Over EB-5 Scandal, Transparency
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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Scott Milne is renewing his call onPatrick Leahyto release Senate records related to the alleged EB-5 scandals in Jay Peak. Leahy, meanwhile, says he’s growing tired of his opponent’s tactics, and that it’s becoming evident that Milne lacks the grasp of policy needed to be an effective member of Congress.
The timing and location of Milne’s news conference Monday morning was no accident. Milne invited reporters to join him outside Burlington High School at 9:30 a.m., a half hour before Leahy, the incumbent Democrat, would arrive there for a news event of his own.
With the well-manicured BHS football field as his backdrop, Milne began with what has become a stock line in his recent campaign appearances.
“I see a chasm that separates my opponent’s walk from his talk,” Milne said.
In this instance, the criticism is related to an EB-5 immigrant investor program that has come under a national microscope after a series of alleged frauds in the Northeast Kingdom.
Milne says Leahy has extolled the virtues of government transparency.
"And yet he refuses to be transparent when it comes to why and how so many of his fingerprints have ended up all over the EB-5 mess,” Milne says.