(Host) Governor Jim Douglas says he hopes it will be possible for Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie to serve out his full term in office. Dubie is under consideration for a presidential appointment to a United Nations agency that regulates international air travel. The office of the International Civil Aviation Organization is based in Montreal.
Dubie, who’s a pilot for American Airlines and has Vermont Air National Guard experience, was not available to comment for this story. It’s believed that Dubie is trying to determine if he can work part time at this new position while the Legislature is in session.
Speaking Tuesday night on VPR’s Switchboard program, the governor said he was aware of Dubie’s situation. Douglas said he’s told Dubie that he hopes the lieutenant governor will be able to stay on in his post:
(Douglas) “Well I’ve really enjoyed working with Brian Dubie over the last couple of years. He’s been a great partner in providing leadership to our state. He’s an honest, straightforward public servant who the people of Vermont have embraced. So I hope he continues to serve as lieutenant governor.”
(Host) If Dubie chooses to resign, state officials say they believe that the Vermont Constitution gives the governor the authority to appoint a new lieutenant governor.