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Letter to the Editor: Haddam Land Swap as it Concerns the Race for the 33rd

Concern is raised regarding candidate Jim Crawford's vote in the Haddam Land Swap issue.

 

Dear Editor—

There is a bull in the china shop of Jim Crawford’s 33rd District State Senate campaign—his automatic and uninformed vote for the Haddam Land Swap.

As a first year representative from Senator Daily’s hometown, it would have taken incredible courage for Mr. Crawford to oppose her, she being the main force behind the proposal.

His uninformed vote is very troubling. He said in public that information about the swap was difficult to find. He didn’t know there was an $800K difference between the purchase prices of the two parcels. (State assessors now place the value difference at $1.3 million.)  He didn’t know the river land had been purchased with state conservation funds as open space for all Connecticut residents.  He didn’t look at the “Stop the Swap” website, which contained all the information he couldn’t find.

A Crawford mailer implies that successful teachers will be successful, visionary state leaders. His vote for the Land Swap did not meet that standard.

Sincerely, 

Brad Parker, East Haddam

braddotparker@yahoo.com

Ed Gubbins August 08, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Ahhhhhhh..... So goes the endorsement of Crawford by Daily.... Strange how that works....
Chris James August 08, 2012 at 12:42 PM
We didn't hear anything opposing this scam from my friend Mary Ellen, either. As a life long Democrat, I can only feel disappointed by my party's lack of leadership and even integrity - and unwillingness to look for fresh faces and/or ideas. Can a Green Party candidate get enough votes to overturn people's tendency to vote party line in a local election such as this? I certainly hope so...
Gina Block August 08, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Chris, I could not agree with your sentiments more. Although I am a registered democrat, my vote will be going to Green Party candidate Ms. Schlag!
Wendy Vincent August 08, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I was wondering when we might get some letters to the editor on behalf of the Green Party... (hint, hint)
Liz Bazazi August 08, 2012 at 03:18 PM
And it was Melissa Schlag, Green Party candidate for 33rd District State Senate, who as director of Citizen's for the Protection of Public Land brought all the facts on the swap to the public and our representatives and organized statewide public opposition.
Charles Farrow August 09, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Mary Ellen Klinck voted to oppose the swap as part of the East Haddam Democratic Town Committee's resolution and was very public about her condemnation of it. Charlie Farrow

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