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Dem Mayor’s Campaign for Gov Crumbling Early

September 21, 2017 By Staff
Dem Mayor’s Campaign for Gov Crumbling Early

Mayor Dan Drew (D-Middletown) is in hot water over campaign letters he sent to city employees. He also dropped out of a bipartisan group after a budget passed the legislature.

Dan Malloy ally Mayor Dan Drew (D-Middletown) is losing campaign momentum before the campaign truly starts, as the young mayor is suffering from a spate of bad headlines over the last week.

The Middletown Press reported this week that Drew sent “every city employee, include police officers,” a letter asking for contributions to his gubernatorial campaign.

According to the Press, other city officials are calling Drew’s actions at the very least unethical and potentially illegal.

Republican Common Councilor Deb Kleckowski denounced the mayor’s action as an “intimidation” of town employees, and said even if it is not illegal, it is unethical. “Shame on the mayor!” Kleckowski said during a telephone conversation Wednesday morning.

“I’m not sure it’s illegal, but it’s darn close,” former mayor and current Council Minority Leader Sebastian Giuliano said Wednesday. “This puts the unions in a very tough position,” Giuliano said, adding the letter “is likely to generate at least as much resentment as it does donations.”

UPDATE, 4:35pm: Drew apologized and said he would return “any contributions from city employees since the solicitation to the homes of municipal workers,” according to The CT Mirror.

Earlier in the week, Drew unilaterally decided to withdraw Middletown from the bipartisan Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). In a letter to CCM, Drew accused CCM of supporting policies from the “late 19th Century,” just because they supported the GOP budget that passed with bipartisan support.

Drew’s solution to Connecticut’s budget woes? Regulating marijuana.

It hasn’t been a great summer for Drew’s gubernatorial campaign. After the second quarter of fundraising for the gubernatorial race, Drew was last among Democratic candidates in cash on hand. In July, he drew scrutiny for accepting campaign contributions from a convicted felon.