(Host) The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of Governor Peter Shumlin over the past five days has been solved.
Shumlin says he went on a brief vacation to the Caribbean island of Dominica. He says he kept the location a secret because he went without state police security.
VPR's Bob Kinzel reports:
(Kinzel) Usually when a governor travels out of state, they're accompanied by a state police security detail. This was the case when Governor Shumlin made a recent trip to Washington D.C. for the winter meeting of the National Governor's Association.
But Shumlin deviated from this long standing policy when he took a short vacation late last week.
Last Friday, his press aides originally said they didn't know where the governor had gone. Then they said they did know but the information wouldn't be made public for privacy reasons.
Standing at a Transportation Agency maintenance garage, Shumlin told reporters he visited the small Caribbean island of Dominica. He says he kept it a secret because he traveled with no security. He says that's something former Colorado governor Bill Ritter encouraged him to do at a training program for new governors last November. cont./ Courtesy of:VPR News
Dominica should not be confused with the Dominican Republic. Dominica is located between French-controlled Martinique and Guadeloupe in the eastern Caribbean.
The official name of the island is 'Commonwealth of Dominica' Dominica's pre-Columbian name was Wai'tu kubuli, which means 'tall is her body'... Dominica is referred as the 'Nature Island', where two-thirds of the island are home to the tropical rain forests and thousands of plant species.
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