RTC chairman calls on McCarthy Vahey to explain her votes

Below is a press release submitted by The Fairfield Republican Town Committee.

Fairfield Republican Town Committee (RTC) Chairman James Millington called on State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey, a Democrat who represents Fairfield’s 133rd District, to explain to the people of Fairfield why she voted YES in favor of Governor Malloy’s union contract deal that locks in union benefits for State employees for the next 10 years and why she voted YES on last year’s budget implementer to cut education funding to Fairfield.

The state’s union deal locks in one of the most crippling cost elements of the State’s budget for an extended period of time: “The untenable union deal reached in Hartford will have a negative effect on the Town of Fairfield and the level of financial support we receive back from the state, which is already pennies on the dollar,” remarked Millington.  

Although McCarthy Vahey and her partisan supporters proudly boasted in public forums that she voted against the budget bill, this type of pablum only tells part of the story. While McCarthy Vahey did vote NO against the initial budget bill, when the detailed outline of the budget came to a vote of implementation, she contradicted her earlier budget vote with an affirmative YES — thereby, supporting its narrow passage along party lines.  

All the more egregious, the budget implementation bill fully outlined education cuts to Fairfield and included the additional taxes that GE, which relocated its headquarters from Fairfield to Boston, strongly opposed.  If McCarthy Vahey was against the budget, she should have voted NO on both the budget and implementer bill plain and simple!”  

“Once again, McCarthy Vahey has chosen to vote alongside the Democrats in Hartford and in a manner that hurts Fairfield when it matters the most. Our community deserve an explanation from her on these votes as one our state representatives in Hartford,” declared Millington.

To date, McCarthy Vahey has not made any public statements clarifying her support of the union agreement or her previous vote on the budget implementer.

Does McCarthy Vahey not understand that it is wrong to tell the people of Fairfield one thing and then to go to Hartford and do something else?

Millington calls on McCarthy Vahey to explain her votes and answer the three questions below:

  1. McCarthy Vahey claims to be in an important leadership role in her caucus—then why is she not advocating that Fairfield receive its fair share of state aid for education?
  2. Does McCarthy Vahey really think the union agreement is a good deal for Connecticut taxpayers and the Town of Fairfield? If so, why?
  3. Why did McCarthy Vahey vote on the budget implementer last year that cut Fairfield education funds?

“At this point, we simply just don’t know the answers to these important questions because McCarthy Vahey has remained silent,” concluded Millington.  

The people of the Town of Fairfield look forward to McCarthy Vahey’s response.

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