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After Dem Gov Candidate Drew Tries to Exit Bipartisan Group to Please Unions, Council Slaps Him Down

October 5, 2017 By Staff
After Dem Gov Candidate Drew Tries to Exit Bipartisan Group to Please Unions, Council Slaps Him Down

The Middletown council rejected Dan Drew's plan to exit the bipartisan Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), a blow to Drew's campaign for governor.

The Middletown council on Wednesday night rejected Mayor Dan Drew’s effort to exit a bipartisan group, according to the Hartford Courant.

The Courant‘s Shawn R. Beals reported that the vote was “nearly unanimous” against leaving the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM):

The common council in a nearly unanimous vote Monday night rejected Mayor Daniel Drew’s effort to withdraw the city from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, the main lobbying group for the state’s cities and towns.

…Council members, however, said Drew does not have the authority to pull Middletown out of the organization, which has 165 out of 169 towns as members. The council resolution, which passed with 11 votes and one abstention, says Drew’s action contradicted the council’s inclusion of about $30,000 for membership dues in the 2017-18 budget adopted in May.

Reclaim Connecticut reported in September that Drew made a unilateral choice to exit CCM, because he disagrees with their positions on the budget. Drew, a Democratic candidate for governor, mostly cited CCM’s position on labor unions.

It’s been a rough month for Drew. He apologized for soliciting city employees for contributions to his gubernatorial campaign, and focused his efforts to combat Connecticut’s $3.5 billion two-year budget deficit mostly on marijuana legalization.