15th July 2015
In a Connecticut Post article this morning, the Connecticut GOP’s new Tea Party-affiliated Chairman, J.R. Romano, took a highly misleading shot at Governor Malloy… and inadvertently hit his own party’s leader in the senate.
In the context of attacking Governor Malloy for celebrating the passage of Second Chance Society legislation – a new law that will make our cities significantly safer – Romano said:
“As long as we recognize that Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford and New London consistently appear in the nation’s top-100 most violent cities list, and while Dan Malloy celebrates, families in those communities are no safer,” said J.R. Romano, the state GOP’s newly-elected chairman.
Unfortunately for Romano, he seems to have forgotten that Sen. Len Fasano, the Senate Minority Leader, played a key role in the bill’s passage and even attended the bill signing with Governor Malloy.
Romano also neglected to mention that under Governor Malloy’s leadership, Connecticut’s crime rates are at a 48 year low. And just yesterday, it was announcedthat new arrests have dropped 9.2 percent and the overall inmate population has dropped 3.2 percent in the past year. The evidence is clear: Connecticut’s communities are getting safer.
“Another day, another deliberately misleading statement from J.R. Romano. This has become a pattern. And this time, not only is he wrong, but he attacked his own party’s leadership. The numbers are clear: Connecticut’s communities are getting safer every year. But the Chairman is throwing facts out the window and trying to score cheap political points. Distorting the truth must have been what he meant when he said that Republicans need to do a better job of spreading their message.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Communications Director Leigh Appleby