Scott Milne, the GOP front-runner in the race for Vermont governor, says he was arrested three times when he was a college student - twice for driving under the influence of alcohol and once for possession of what he says was a small amount of pot and cocaine.
Milne released a statement about the arrests Thursday, the day before the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Shortly after the arrests, Milne said, he stopped using drugs and "committed to only using alcohol in moderation."
The arrests are a matter of public record, Milne said in an interview, and he wanted to deal with any public backlash before he launched his campaign. It wouldn't be fair to his supporters, he said, if the information came out once he was on the trail.
"This demonstrates that I'm transparent and relying on intelligent people in the press to know what the facts are," he said.
Milne says he was not under pressure to disclose the arrests because of political opposition research. He said he is transparent in business, and his approach to politics is built around "practical business principles."
Milne won't make a formal announcement for his gubernatorial bid until the week of July 14th, he said.
Milne, 55, also disclosed that he suffered a stroke in 2006. His then 16-year-old daughter called an ambulance when Milne passed out from the stroke, otherwise he may have been permanently incapacitated, he said.
He says he has fully recovered from the blood clot in his brain. The stroke has had "very little residual effect," he said.
"I have my doctor's medical clearance for the rigors of both a vigorous campaign and serving as governor," he said.