Republished with permission from author/columnist Dan Lovallo, originally published on his website here:
Connecticut Democrats have gone wild in the CT-13th District Senate
race, doing anything possible to smear incumbent Sen. Len Suzio,
R-Meriden. The 13th District has been a Democrat stranglehold for
years, until longtime Sen. Tom Gaffey ran afoul of the law, pleaded
guilty to misdemeanor charges and resigned from office two years ago.
That opened the door for Suzio, a fiscally-responsible conservative
Republican, to win a special election. Suzio’s victory, combined with
his overall knowledge of finances and Connecticut’s slight-of-hand state
budget, has left the Democrats sore ever since.
Suzio A Budget Expert
Suzio has forgotten more about the state budget than most Democrats
know. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget chief, Benjamin Barnes, does
everything possible to avoid Suzio’s questions at hearings on budget
matters. It was Suzio who predicted one month into Malloy’s first
budget – which increased spending and imposed the largest tax hike in
Connecticut history – that it would be out of balance. Suzio was
correct and the administration used every trick in the book to balance
the budget, as mandated by the state constitution. It was Suzio, who
led the charge against key components of the Democratic platform, such
as increased taxes and fees and early prison release. It was Suzio who
successfully fought Democrats and the administration on using
taxpayers’ money to renovate Connecticut’s Communist Party
Democrats Up To Tricks Again
So it came as no surprise that Democrats were up to their old tricks
again, calling a news conference on the steps of Meriden’s city hall
Tuesday. All the usual Democrat participants were there, Meriden Mayor
Michael Rohde, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, and of course, Suzio’s
opponent in the election, Dante Bartolomeo. Except the Democrats did
not plan on one attendee, Suzio himself.
Then the Democrats did, what they always do, when they lose on the
issues, started throwing mud against the wall. Suzio was accused of
underhanded tactics. He was involved in “push polls” and “dirty
tricks.” Before it was over, you would have thought it was Suzio who
cost the Yankees a trip to the World Series.
However, when Suzio asked the Democrats to prove the charges, they
couldn’t. Then Suzio delivered what this pathetic trio on the steps of
City Hall could not: proof. “My financial report from the state
Elections Commission shows that we haven’t paid for a poll to be
conducted,” Suzio was quoted as saying in the Middletown Press.
“It’s a manufactured scandal to distract from the outrageous taxes,
this outrageous early release law, the outrageous, out-of-control
spending that my opponent doesn’t want to talk about. That’s what this
is about…I can win this campaign on the issues. I don’t need to resort
to dirty tactics” he said.
The Democrats were left to wilt behind their own microphones. Drew
offered some lame comment, admitting Suzio was not a participant but
that he didn’t denounce the practice.
Pathetic. Just pathetic.
Suzio won the day, because he challenged these three wind bags, who
tried to divert attention from the fact the blueprint they support has
left the state, essentially bankrupt. My only regret is that
Suzio doesn’t live in my district, so I could vote for him. Voters
of the 13th District should reject these tactics and send Bartolomeo and
her likes a clarion call by re-electing Sen. Suzio.
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Friday, October 26, 2012
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