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REACTIVATED IN CT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-10 09:17 AM
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Let's defeat Jarjura next Tuesday
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The New Canaan DTC has some good info on the primary candidates. Jarjura is a nasty bit of business and deserves a thumping next Tuesday.

"Mike Jarjura

Mike Jarjura is mayor of Waterbury. He developed a reputation as a ferocious campaigner when he failed to secure his partys nomination for mayor in 2005, then won anyway by waging a write-in campaign. Following his victory, he said Republican support was essential. He was a strong and vocal backer of Joe Liebermans the following year. Jarjura is proudly pro-life and vehemently opposes marriage equality for same-sex couples. The Family Institute of Connecticut, a rather far-right-wing family values sort of organization, took time out from rallying support for the CT Tea Party to endorse Jarjura. As mayor, Jarjura hired John Rowland (yes, the other former Waterbury mayor, CT governor, and convicted felon) to do economic development work for Waterbury.

Jarjuras campaign claims a record of financial expertise which brought Waterbury from $95,000,000 in debt to an $18 million surplus. The Waterbury Republican-American reported on the claim, recognizing that Jarjura had little to do with the turnaround:

A state oversight board with far-reaching and exceptional powers controlled Waterburys finances for most of Jarjuras administration. For the first five years, the board approved every city budget and imposed contract terms on the city and its unions.

Believe me, no one will give more credit than I will, Jarjura said.

Yet, there is no mention of the oversight board in the campaigns appeals to voters. Instead, Jarjura is pledging that he will bring the same financial expertise that he used to save Waterbury to the comptrollers office. The omission is doubly glaring in light of this claim because the mayor was not only a member of the board, but he voted as a state lawmaker to place Waterbury under state receivership in 2001.

Jarjura has now filed a lawsuit to try to block Kevin Lembo from receiving his CEP grant, which was approved when Lembo cleared the fund raising bar with a significant buffer last week.

Am I being unfair to Jarjura? Well, Im not keen on promoting self-serving anti-choice, anti-family, serial embellishers who game the system with backroom deals and thwart it with lawsuits. Maybe Mike shouldve taken a minute to cut some sort of deal with me at the convention. After all, isnt that what we do?

Which reminds me, Waterburys police union just endorsed Lembo, saying that Lembo was a man they could trust, someone who kept his word when given. /
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