Thursday, May 5, 2011
Malloy Headlines Fundraising Reception For Drew
In addition to Malloy, other state Democrats present included Attorney General George Jepson, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey, U.S. Senate candidate Susan Bysiewicz, Representative Matt Lesser, and several other State Representatives and State Senators. Congressman John Larson made a contribution and sent a representative to the event. The City's political leadership was represented by chair of the Democratic Town Council Lisa Santangelo, Former Mayor Domenique Thornton, Councilmen Gerry Daley, James Streeto and Robert Santangelo, and Planning and Zoning Commissioners Dan Russo and Michael Johnson.
There were a number of people there who are not Middletown political luminaries, but who have contributed their time and energy to help elect Drew. Joe Spadaccini, a retired construction worker, was passionate and confident that Drew could address the problems he felt exist in the City: taxes too high, and an inefficient city work force. A retired woman told me she had spent many hours going door to door for Drew, "He's the real deal." Like others in the room, she was determined and optimistic that Drew would get elected this time.
Malloy praised Middletown, "... great riverfront deserving of investment... great main street." He effused about Drew, "This guy is really smart," and implored all in attendance, "Do everything in your power to make sure Dan Drew is the next Mayor of Middletown."
After the formal speeches were over, I asked Drew why he thought the State's top Democratic leadership had become involved in the Middletown Mayoral race. He replied, "Their presence here is a testament to how important the Middletown race is to the state.... It's important because Middletown has been regressing."