It is a small world, after all.
This morning, Gaye Symington levied the charge at Jim Douglas that his highway project planning was so bad he was at risk of losing federal transportation money.
Douglas' people say it isn't so, the money has no expiration date.
So I sought to find out whether there is one or not and turned to the Federal Highway Administration's Vermont office, where I left a message for Larry Dwyer. He happens to be the husband of Carolyn Dwyer, who is Rep. Peter Welch's campaign manager, and sits about 13 inches from Symington's campaign office.
Larry Dwyer passed my message along to the FHA's spokesman, who called me back. That is Ian Grossman, who was once Jim Douglas' campaign manager and a spokesman for the state Agency of Transportation, before moving to the federal agency.
It's like you're playing pinball and you set off in a direction you bump into someone who's connected to someone else.
Grossman says there's no expiration date. Theoretically, Congress could create one.
- Terri Hallenbeck