Cristin McCarthy Vahey & the Rubberstamp

To the Editor:

While running for State Representative last year in Fairfield’s 133rd district, I was overwhelmed by the amount of people yielding unwavering support for Cristin McCarthy Vahey despite the fact she had just voted for a State budget that contributed to driving GE out of Fairfield and one that put each and every business in Connecticut at risk of relocating. With a deep respect for Cristin’s public service, I’d be remiss, however, and doing our citizens a disservice by not raising awareness.

The first transgression against the people of Fairfield was when she voted against an inherently flawed budget and then voted for the implementer necessary to enact that very same budget. For those paying attention, it was blatantly obvious that McCarthy Vahey put politics over policy while she waited for the Legislature’s vote to see if she would be afforded the opportunity to vote for a disingenuous implementer that would devastate her very own constituents and cripple business, large and small, across the state.

Now, McCarthy Vahey has rubberstamped a 10-year union concession deal that the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis didn’t even have enough time to examine given how quickly it was pushed through the CT General Assembly for approval by the Democrats. At a time when our virtually bankrupt state needs concessions from our already exorbitant union contracts, once again, partisan politics takes precedence in the 133rd district.

To the Blue Dog loyalists set in their ways and far too stubborn to change, your beloved blue state is now split 18-18 in the Senate and 79-72 in the House. The rest of the state recognizes the failed initiatives of Malloy and his rubberstamping, partisan Legislature. It’s time for the 133rd to follow suit.

Ray Neuberger

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