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Pelletier Bought and Paid For By Fairfield County Millionaires?

If Fairfiled County Millionaires and Billionaires put Cheri Pelletier in the 4th Senate Seat, who is she going to represent us or them?

It is disgraceful! Fairfield County is trying to buy another Senate seat.

Watch this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsmMpQ84Nbo&feature=plcp

The voters of the 4th Senate District (Andover/Bolton/Glastonbury/Manchester) need to know that Cheri Pelletier has to be beholden to the Millionaires and Billionaires of Fairfield County. Not only have Fairfield County Millionaires pumped money into Pelletier's campaign so that she could qualify for a huge election grant from the State of Connecticut, but now a billionaire, that's right a Greenwich Billionaire, has dumped $40,000 of his money into television ads to try and buy the seat for Cheri Pelletier.

If you can't win it, buy it? McMahon's attempt to buy a United States Senate seat for herself is shameful and now Pelletier allowing these kinds of people to finance her, it can only mean one thing.

Seriously, these Republicans will stop at nothing to get power. I am confident that the voters of the 4th Senate District will reject the idea of having another Senator for Fairfield County Millionaires.

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Mike Pohl October 28, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Cheri, You are straight up not telling the truth. Your attack ads are not factual. You are doing the same exact thing that Linda McMahon is doing and expecting people to buy it. I know that the people of the 4th District are intelligent, I don't know why you think that you can get away with it.
David Moran (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Mike, Matt and Cheri. I just want to remind you all to be aware of Patch's Terms of Use guidelines when it comes to commenting here: http://manchester.patch.com/terms I don't see anything out of whack here with these comments yet, but just wanted to bring it to your attention...especially with a hurricane coming in. Matt and Cheri, you are more than welcome to express your opinion on the election, your candidacy or Sen. Cassano's in a blog as well. Email me for the details and I'll be happy to set it up for you: david.moran@patch.com Matt, you still have blogger access from last year. Dave M.
Mike Pohl October 28, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Cheri, The blog is about you taking money from Fairfield County Millionaires and Billionaires and how much you owe them as a result. You can try to change the subject, but the people of the 4th State Senate District know better. You are the one that issued the press release saying that you would not take SuperPac Money. I know that $40,000 is not much compared to what Linda McMahon is spending but it is still $40,000 worth of SuperPAC Money that you said you would not take.
Bert Gay October 28, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Sen. Cassano has served in elected office at many levels of government. He has served his constituents well. Unfortunately, his constituents are not the citizens of this district. His one and only constituent is the Democratic party. That same Democrat party that has controlled this district and State for decades, and has run it into the ground. There is no more room for tax increases, no more room for union concessions, no more room for business as usual. Has Ms. Pelletier broken any campaign rules or laws? Hasn't Ms. Pelletier served honorably herself in various public service roles? Until such time as you have a substantive argument, Mr. Pohl, we are merely talking about a political campaign waged within the boundaries of election law. We are thus, supporting a candidate with a conservative perspective. And, a track record of willingness to serve the public. Further, she has demonstrated a commitment to serve this district in attempting to alter the dangerous course upon which this Governor and his ilk continue to recklessly pursue. Mr. Malloy will be fine. He's running for appointment in the next federal democrat administration, and cares not about the wreckage he will leave behind. Ms. Pelletier is a conservative candidate for this district, and accepts legitimate contributions. I'm certain that Mr. Cassano has a sizable campaign war chest. Game on, Mr. Pohl. Game on.
Matthew Galligan October 28, 2012 at 07:13 PM
So, voters of the 4th - as Mike Pohl will have you believe, the issues of the election for State Senate does not revolve around Senator Cassano's uncompromised and unwavering support for the policies of Governor Malloy that has made Connecticut the laughing stalk of the 50 states. The crux of this election does not has nothing to do with Senator Cassano's continued support for throwing more tax dollars down the toilet with projects like the New Britain busway, nor does it have anything to do with Senator Cassano's apparent approval of letting criminals out of jail early. What Mr. Pohl will have you believe is the issue of this election is the fact that some business owner from Fairfield county, who happens to be rich, placed an ad criticizing Senator Cassano for his HORRENDOUS voting record. Somehow, Mr. Pohl believes the First Amendment applies only in convenient circumstances. The truth remains that Senator Cassano represents a constituency of one = Governor Malloy. Mr. Pohl can go back to that class warfare well time after time - but the fact remains that voters of the 4th have a lower take home pay to cover their expenses and you can thank Steve Cassano for that.
Mike Pohl October 28, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Cheri, you are not telling the truth and are trying very hard to change the subject. Here is what you said in an email that you sent out at 8:05am on July 27th: “It maybe a way to help your campaign, but it also comes at a cost,” remarked Pelletier. “How can any candidate take thousands of dollars from a PAC and not feel compelled to listen or even decide policy based on the PAC beliefs? That is why I will not be taking any PAC money. I do not want to be beholden to anyone who may have an outside agenda.” Cheri, in your own words, you are beholden to the millionaires and billionaires of Fairfield County that gave you money to that you qualified for the CEP and get the $85,000 grant from the State of CT. Again, if anyone wants a full copy of your press release all they have to do is email me at mikepohl1000@aol.com and I will send them your entire press release.
Craig October 28, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Wow - Mr. Pohl is displaying such anger here. I have to assume that he's not confident with the position of his candidate. I am curious why a blog would create such a contentious exchange and not a more positive approach to support the candidate of his choice. Calm down and tell us what positive positions your candidate supports. I can't stand all of the negativity. Mr. Pohl is forcing Ms. Pelletier to defend her actions - I can surely see and support why she is doing so!
Bert Gay October 28, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Yawn....... This is very small fight in a very small blog world. I'm certain there are better uses of your time than this petty squabble, Mr. Pohl. There will be no winners on this blog site. You have Mr. Devanney to concern yourself with, don't you? You're a good man. Go campaign well and hard.
Mike Pohl October 28, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Craig, not angry at all. Although I am not going to let you guys continue to lie and get away with it. Bert and Matt, you must have amnesia, REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR Jody Rell left Governor Malloy and this Legislature with the biggest deficit in the history of Connecticut and you are trying to blame the Democrats for needing to fix it. If you think that the people are going to forget that the last budget that was presented by a republican governor had almost a 3 BILLION dollar hole it, and no recommendation on how to fix it. Let's talk about irresponsibility in Government. Three Billion Dollar Deficit RELL and Jailbird ROWLAND. Republicans do not belong governing anything in this state or country. Your party has nothing to brag about.
Mike Warringham October 29, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Ms. Pelletier: I can't say I can't decide what makes me more disturbed about your campaign. The poorly written, personal attacks found on this post, your candidacy benefiting from billionaires outside of the Manchester area, or the fact you have chosen to ignore my messages sent to you previously on Facebook. A State Senator has to be many things: Professional in both private and public communication, above board when it comes to finances, and finally most of all, responsive to constituent communications. These past days you have had an opportunity to prove all three of these critical characteristics of a State Senator and earn my vote. On all three you have failed miserably and have proven to me you are nothing more than a polarizing figure who will only add to the partisan gridlock that has infected our country and state politics.
Jen Harvey October 30, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Dear Mr Pohl: My name is Jennifer Harvey, I am the Republican State Central Committee Reprsentative for the 4th Senate District. As you are well aware if a PAC wants to purchase ads for a particular candidate they may do so as long as the disclaimer states they purchase the ad. Under no cirmcumstances did Ms. Pelletier request that this ad be made and purchased. Per the election guide lines she cannot have any type of discussion with the particular PAC or individual that puts together the ad. So please stop this the Democrats are doing the same thing. Thank you Jennifer Harvey
Greg October 30, 2012 at 01:34 PM
We have seen what the incumbents have done over the last four years, why would we either want them back in to continue the destructive path they have chosen or believe them when they say if elected I will do all the things I did not do over the past four years? It is time for a major wake up and shake up call. This goes for candidates for BOTH parties.
Zach D October 30, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Dear Mr. Pohl, I would love to hear your explanation to the residents of Manchester, Bolton & Andover as to why Senator Cassano has been beholden to special interest his entire political career. Unfortunately for you Im not one who makes baseless accusations so let's look at the facts here. You ask what do Greenwich residents have to do with this district & election? Well here is a good question to ask yourself and the Senator.... What does, Hartford, Niantic, West Hartford, Cheshire, East Hampton, Old Saybrook, Rocky Hill, Stratford, Wethersfield, New London, Bristol, Cromwell, New Haven, Essex & Simsbury have to do with the 4th district? Nothing, besides the fact that that's where Senator Cassano likes to do his fundraising instead of gaining the support of the constituents in district. Now if you go back a little further and look at the last election, can you or the senator explain why he raised more money in Hartford, Simsbury & Essex combined than he did in Manchester, Bolton & Andover combined? Seems to me special interest have been funding his campaign last election and this time too. PAC's you say? Here are the facts again: Seems as though the 4 Different PAC's have given a total of $27,905 to the Senator, and im sure if I dug a little deeper I could find more special interest funding his campaign(s). The Democrats & Senator Cassano know there are in a fight for there political careers, seems like they are grasping at straws.
Zach D October 30, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Also, Im interested in why Senator Cassano voted on the bathroom bill? Is it that he thinks its okay for a man dressed as a woman to enter a Woman's bathroom? All we hear on TV, Radio & Online is how Democrats are there to protect woman....seems to me sending a man into a woman's bathroom that has Woman & Children in it would be one of the most un-safe things anyone, let alone a senator could do or authorize.....care to explain?
Mike Pohl October 30, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Hi Jen, It is pretty interesting that you are trying to clarify what Ms Pelletier knew or didn't know. It seems that Craig has a different opinion on what Ms Pelletier knew. What I do know is that she knew that she took over $2,000 for her campaign from Fairfield County and I am positive that if she became the Senator and Mr Peterffy called, she would answer the call and listen intently.
tina bourke November 01, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Observer says: March 22, 2008 at 3:53 pm Pelletier’s latest bit of political thuggery is a snide remark – made in a public meeting – about how Robert and Susan Shanbaum “live in a mansion” and therefore have no standing to comment on issues relating to the Spruce Street neighborhood. At least she has one thing going for her – Pelletier is an equal opportunity character assassin. All that is required is that you say something, anything, critical of a Republican position and she gets out the verbal blackjack and the brass knuckles vocabulary and begins to work you over. It is outrageous that an elected official would publicly and personally denigrate a resident because he or she has the audacity to come to “public comment” and say something critical of the Republicans or – even worse – Pelletier herself. The motto of the Republicans during the 2007 election was “let the people speak.” The motto of the Screw You Republicans after the election is “let the people speak, provided they only say nice things about the Republicans, otherwise we’d just as soon they stayed home, but if you do come down and speak, you’ll have to deal with Cheri PitBull-etier, and it won’t be pretty.”
Nutmegger November 02, 2012 at 12:17 AM
That's how he always writes, sadly.
Nutmegger November 02, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Jen, can you please explain something? This is a sincere question from an unaffiliated voter. If there is no coordination between Mr. Peterffy's PAC and Ms. Pelletier, why do their ads almost always run back-to-back? This does not happen with other political ads I see. I have CNN on almost all day, and their ads are always back-to-back. It's very suspicious to me. How can you, Ms. Pelletier's campaign, and/or the RSCC allay my fears?
Nutmegger November 02, 2012 at 12:22 AM
A male-to-female transgendered person is not "a man dressed as a woman." That person is a woman. So that's why she can use the women's bathroom. As a woman, I am totally fine with that. Are you suggesting that Ms. Pelletier is opposed to rights for the transgendered community, and that she thinks that transgendered women aren't "real" women? If so, she has no hope of getting this independent's vote.
Nutmegger November 02, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Mike, you realize that Sen. Cassano has also taken money from Fairfield County donors, right? That's a silly argument. Criticize her positions all you want, but you can't criticize her for doing the same thing your candidate does.
Cheri Ann Pelletier November 02, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Nutmegger: If there is no coordination between Mr. Peterffy's PAC and Ms. Pelletier, why do their ads almost always run back-to-back? As a candidate, I purchased commercial ad space on Cox Cable. I chose the stations at a LUC (lowest unit cost) rate which are primarily cable premium channels, CNN FOX, ESPN, Lifetime etc. I paid per unit for a duration of time and a number of times those units are played. I have no say or control over specifically when the ads are played, just a number of times when they are played during a certain time slot. The Network determines when time is available to air the ad based on their commitments and ad rules. Today, Cassano's new ad refuting Mr. Peterffy's ad played directly after my commercial. Call Cox and they will confirm how time slots are purchased. The fact remains that I had no prior knowledge of Mr. Peterffy's buy nor did I have any control over its content or where he chose to air it. It is his legally protected right to free speech by a Supreme Court decision. I had to turn on the TV myself or wait for others to tell me what the content was in his ads. Yesterday, I was informed that one of his ads uses a family picture taken from my web site...It was uncomfortable for some members of my own family to see themselves injected into a TV commercial without their consent or knowledge...so much for freedom of speech. This issue of corporate and union sponsorship of campaigns is much larger than my one race.
Nutmegger November 02, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Ms. Pelletier, I sincerely thank you for taking the time to explain that. I appreciate your willingness to explain what otherwise looks like a very unusual situation. I take you at your word that you haven't had any communication with him or coordinated anything. To be clear, I wasn't accusing you of doing that -- I just genuinely wanted to know why this keeps happening. I'm also sorry to hear that your family has been upset, though I suppose that comes with the package when one family member chooses to be a public figure. Thanks for your willingness to serve our community and for your time this evening.
Cheri Ann Pelletier November 02, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Nutmegger, Thank you. I did not take your concern as any type of accusation of my actions. Your are correct, it is absolutely a very unusual situation for me... About the only thing Mr. Peterffy and I have in common is that he is from Hungry and time to time I get hungry. LOL! I'm just a lower middle class mom and member of a working class community. I am far from a Fairfield County Millionaire or Billionaire and have never met Mr. Peterffry. Personally, I don't think anyone benefits when outsiders try to insert themselves in a campaign between two or more individuals who have their own ideas of how they wish to project themselves and their commitment to serve in any capacity. Every time campaign expenditures are made it must be properly noted that we approve of its content, so yes, it is indeed unusual that I have no say or control over this level of interference. And while it's true my opponent doesn't either... He doesn't control my race content anyway. It leaves me feeling like the disenfranchised party and I just don't know how to challenge the Supreme Court decision to ensure that races and specific individuals aren't targeted while still respecting everyone's freedom of speech. Ironically, I sponsored our town's debate over the United Citizen's decision never knowing I would be thrust right into the middle of the debate.
Scott Aiken November 02, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Director Pelletier's replies to this piece of obvious yellow journalism has swayed me to consider voting for her next Tuesday. Anyone who has talked to Director Pelletier for more than ten minutes can attest to the fact that she is willing to listen to anyone whether they are rich, poor, or anywhere in between. It is rather laughable to think that her vote can be bought. I haven't given her campaign a dime and Director Pellatier was always willing to talk with me about issues that I am concerned about in Manchester. She is also one of the few Directors that has answered almost every e-mail that I have sent to BOD members regarding Manchester issues. Quite frankly, I see Ms. Pelletier's blue collar sensibility and hard-nosed common sense as a good counter balance to the well heeled, Fairfield County blue-bloods.
tina bourke November 02, 2012 at 01:56 PM
"yellow journalism" laughable! Mr. Peteffy's donation especially given his misguided reasoning as well as the fact that he has never once attended a board meeting, or met Mr. Cassano and as evidenced here, Pelletier. I doubt he could even state any of our town's BOD concerns. His stated reason is because he grew up in a socialist country. Mr. Peteffy somehow equates social programs to communism? The United States of America is based on freedom! We are not going towards a socialist country or communism! And in Manchester we have many who don't even qualify for middle class status so what does that say to them? If Mr. Peteffy was paying attention and some on this thread, Mr. Cassano broke with party lines when he said he would not support the minimum wage bill. Gov. Malloy said he would sign it if it crossed his desk. This was after 70% of Connecticut was in favor of increasing the minimum wage. In hindsight, I realized that Mr. Cassano was thinking about how hard a hit it be on local businesses in this economy. As for the blog about the democrats. & Malloy's tax hike, this was due to former governor Rell's "slight of hand" budgeting practices which allowed a sort of lack of honesty with regard to our real situation. At least he is governing. Rell didn't even go to the office most of the time. And Rolland, negotiated out a sweet 20 year deal with the unions that we now are still accountable for and can't afford. As for the prisons, there is so much more to it.
Matthew Galligan November 02, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Well, Ms. Bourke - if you're referring to the Risk Reduction Earned Credits legislation when you comment, "as for the prisons, there is so much more to it," please enlighten us. You see fit to glaze over one of the most horrendous votes that folks like Senator Cassano and Representative Luxenberg have cast during their first terms. While crimes like capitol felony murder and home invasion are not included, are you telling me that criminals who commit manslaughter, assault, sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary, and other crimes are worthy causes for this early release program? Luxenberg, Cassano, and their Democratic allies across the state are running from this particular gem of a bill like they're avoiding the plague. They want none of their constituents to know that an atrocious bill like that allowed Frank Resto to leave prison early on April 12, only then to be accused of committing the murder of a convenience store clerk in Meriden on June 27th. Senator Cassano has been quoted as saying, "So instead of doing 40 years, they'll do 39." in the June 1, 2011 edition fo the JI. I'm sure that'll go a long way to make residents of the 4th District feel safe. Please, Ms. Bourke - tell us all how much more there is to that terrible vote he cast that made Connecticut less safe.
tina bourke November 02, 2012 at 02:38 PM
^Nope didn't gloss over anything in fact been up on this for many, many, many years... It is so easy to promote fear on the misinformed! Do the research yourself, not just with the bill, but prisons, prisoners, the system etc. and then we can discuss... Also, time is not a variable for prisoners as once their time is up, they get out no matter if they have changed or not. Think about that Matthew.
John Franklin November 03, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Seeing Ms. Pelletier back up and commenting on the Patch is refreshing, but I wonder how long it will last. Look what the Daily Kos has to say about her attitudes regarding transparency and accountability: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/01/1153630/-Connecticut-s-Citizens-United-Bonus-Baby-Steps-In-It It might only be a matter of time when her shrill, unprofessional comments reappear and she starts hitting the delete key!
Mike Pohl November 03, 2012 at 02:39 AM
John, Of course Ms Pelletier wrote it, changed her mind and then censored it. It is the way Republican operatives roll. Reading Craig's earlier postings, he obviously personally knows Ms Pelletier, and it is very hard to believe that she didn't know about the ads. If you see the craft the ads, it is difficult to believe that the Greenwich Billionaire didn't have help crafting and coordinating the commercials.
Harold Jones November 03, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I guess this is why this mysterious "Craig" issue was picked up over @FireDogLake: http://my.firedoglake.com/nutmegct/2012/11/01/alleged-superpac-violation-in-ct-state-senate-race-uncovered/ it all sounds spot on to what is going on in Montana politics reported on Frontline this week: http://my.firedoglake.com/nutmegct/2012/11/01/alleged-superpac-violation-in-ct-state-senate-race-uncovered/

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