Dodd To Speak At CCSU On Latin America
U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, who began his public service career as a member of the Peace Corps in Latin America, will speak Tuesday afternoon, November 9th at Central Connecticut State University about foreign policy. The topic: “Social, Economic & Political Issues in Latin America & U.S. Foreign Policy.” Dodd, who did not seek re-election this year, will speak at 1 p.m. at the Constitution Room in Memorial Hall at Central Connecticut State University.
Pulaski Club Benefit Friday November 12
A benefit for the Pulaski Democratic Club will be held Friday, November 12th, 7 p.m. at the social and political club’s 89 Grove Street Hall. Admission is $25 and includes food and beverages for attendees. New Britain Democrats are encouraged to support the Pulaski Democratic Club.
From the Chair: O’Brien Opponent’s Negative Campaign Is Repudiated By Voters
The voters of Assembly District 24 covering parts of New Britain and Newington not only re-elected State Rep. Tim O’Brien last Tuesday by an overwhelming margin. They rejected a malicious campaign by Republican challenger Cris Carillo.
Carillo, a pawn in a GOP attack strategy, relied on mailers developed by New Britain-based CT Republicans that stamped the word “guilty” over O’Brien’s face for taking “our hard-earned money” accompanied by misleading statements on the state budget. It should be remembered that Carillo attacked O’Brien for not delivering enough state aid for New Britain while calling for major cuts in state spending. Though a novice he learned how to talk out of both sides in a hurry under the tutelage of the state and local GOP leaders who’ve made personal attack politics their stock in trade.
In a second mailer against O’Brien the face of convicted murderer Steven Hayes appears and asks: “Do you think O’Brien would still try to repeal the death penalty if his family or someone close to him was brutally victimized?” That appalling statement was due to O’Brien’s opposition to the death penalty, a position held by the Catholic Church, among others.
These vile messages, paid for by the taxpayers under the Citizens’ Election Program, got Mr. Carillo exactly 26% of the vote in New Britain. They also sullied young Mr. Carillo’s reputation and character in the minds of most voters who responded to O’Brien’s issue-based and positive campaign with a strong vote for his representation against a well-financed opponent. This may be good time for some disinfectant to remove the leftover literature over at Republican State Central on Ellis Street.
The New Britain Vote: Turnout 43% of Registered Voters
Governor Dan Malloy 8,892 (66%) to Foley’s 4,381
U.S. Senate Dick Blumenthal 9,435 (70%) to McMahon’s 3,960
Congress Chris Murphy 9,951 (75%) to Caligiuri’s 3,357
State Senate Don DeFronzo 9,890 (75%) to Zembko’s 3,303
Democratic state constitutional office candidates, including Secretary of the State, Treasurer, Comptroller and Attorney General, won with 70% majorities. State Representative candidates including Betty Boukus, Tim O’Brien and Peter Tercyak also exceeded 70%. State Rep. John Geragosian ran unopposed.
NOVEMBER TOWN COMMITTEE MEETING: Monday November 15th, City Hall, 7 p.m.
The Democratic Town Committee will meet on Monday, November 15th, at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street at 7 p.m. The program and agenda will be announced. Members and friends are asked to bring a non-perishable contribution or to make a contribution to benefit the Spanish Speaking Center’s food pantry.