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Meek slams Duff’s NHS Marching Bears ads as ‘illegal’

A Bryan Meek Facebook post.

NORWALK, Conn. — State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25)’s use of PAC money to buy ads from several Norwalk nonprofits is “facism defined” and illegal, according to Republican Board of Ed member Bryan Meek.

An ad on the NHS Marching Bears trailer, showing Duff’s photo, “not only violates state election laws, it is also a violation of NPS (Norwalk Public Schools) policy,” Meek, a Board of Education member and campaign treasurer for unaffiliated Mayoral candidate Lisa Brinton, said recently on Facebook.

“These self promoting ads need to be removed. I will be talking to management about this shortly. Either that or they should just put up a colossus of Mr {Duff} and get it over with,” Meek said in the May 17 post.

Third Street PAC (Political Action Committee) purchased the ad for $550. Duff formed the PAC in 2003; in October, Meek, then-treasurer for Republican State Senate candidate Marc D’Amelio, slammed the PAC as “Duff’s side vehicle where he takes money from lobbyists then uses that money to promote his brand and image.”

The trailer with Duff’s smiling face on it is parked in the high school’s parking lot, according to Meek, who has also assailed a Duff ad in the playbill for the high school’s production of “The Addams Family.” That’s an illegal use of PAC dollars to promote a political candidate, he said.

MBI is a nonprofit and the play is a fundraiser, Board of Education member Barbara Meyer-Mitchell wrote to Meek on Facebook.

“Marching Bears, Inc. (MBI) is a non-profit organization, acting independently of the Norwalk Board of Education, dedicated to supporting the activities of the Norwalk High School Band Program. Its main purpose is to provide financial support through non-profit fundraising,” the Bears website states.

“MBIs non profit status has nothing to do with school policies and state laws being violated here,” Meek wrote on Facebook. “MBIs lease from the school for space doesn’t allow them to have political advertisements, which were paid for illegally on top of it. I don’t blame the band. I wouldn’t expect them to realize what they are doing here. Bob passed these election laws and doesn’t follow them himself. CEP {Citizens Election Program} is very clear that you can’t use outside PACs to promote your image, exactly what he is doing here.”

A woman asked if Duff could be censured.

“SEEC {State Elections Enforcement Commission} can charge him with violations that are punishable by fines in most cases. This agency is run by appointees made by the Senator himself and the Governor,” Meek replied.

No complaint has been filed regarding the ad on the MBI trailer, SEEC staff Attorney Joshua Foley said to NancyOnNorwalk on May 22.

“I can’t say whether or not it’s a campaign finance violation, we have a policy of not commenting on certain people’s acts,” Foley said. However, just as a matter of law, “political committees can buy advertising from just about any source that sells it. Advertising is generally a permissible activity of a committee,” he explained. “They can also make charitable donations. Those are permissible things for a PAC to do.”

“If a PAC is created by a public officeholder, it cannot promote that public officer holder when they are a candidate,” Foley said. “Because a candidate is only allowed to have a candidate committee. They can’t have more than one committee.”

Third Street PAC bought a full-page ad in the MBI fundraiser on March 23, 2018, for $75, according to the PAC’s financial filing. Duff filed a candidate registration statement on Jan. 10, 2018.

Third Street PAC bought the $550 MBI trailer ad on Dec. 31. Duff was reelected on Nov. 6. He would seek reelection in 2020, should he decide to do so.

Duff did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

SEEC statewide guidelines show that the purchase of advertising is a legal use of PAC funds, Board of Education member Barbara Meyer-Mitchell wrote to Meek, on Facebook.

A Bryan Meek Facebook post.

“Senator Duff purchased this advertising from the non-profit Marching Bears Inc, which is a wholly independent entity,” she wrote. “With this purchase of advertising, he is also supporting our community. Can you please tell me what rule exactly has been violated? As to the suggestion that Senator Duff is exploiting the band, that’s hard to believe, as I believe his own child is a member.”

“The vehicles are parked on school property and subject to NPS rules and regs. They are supporting political activity. This is a violation of policy,” Meek wrote.

“Schools shall not be used to foster and promote the interests of profit making groups or individuals, political organizations that are partisan in nature, and groups whose activities or specific requests may not be in the best interest of the citizens and youth Norwalk,” NPS policy states.

NPS Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams did not respond to a June 3 email asking if there had been any complaints filed about the trailer, and what Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski had to say about it. MBI President Stan Remson also did not reply.

Meek on Friday said he hadn’t spoken to school administration about the ad.

“While it is scandalous that some politicians capitalize off their support for the band, I also do not want to detract from the awesome work that the band does for all of us,” he wrote. “I won’t be filing any ‘public complaint’ in this regard.  Our school board just spent $100k in capital funds on our new uniforms.  They look awesome.  If Duff continues to use his pac funds, illegally, to support the band……I can only point it out.  I’d be happy to match his contributions in a legal way to make up for his refraining of using the band to promote his image with illegal money.”

He continued, “My donations to the band are done as anonymously as possible.  They do require some disclosure in order to contribute to the ad book.  Bob uses the band to promote his political image.  Its very disturbing.  Fascism defined.”

 

Third Street PAC

NancyOnNorwalk last wrote about Third Street PAC on Nov. 1. The most recent filing at that time was from Oct. 10.

SEEC documents show that since Oct. 1, Third Street PAC has donated $6,000 to various Democratic Town Committees and $6,000 to Democratic state PACs. It donated $1,230 to Norwalk causes:

  • $720 to Marching Bears Inc
  • $250 to Friends of Rilling
  • $100 to Norwalk Packers Cheerleading
  • $60 to Canaan Institutional Baptist Church, Norwalk
  • $50 to Norwalk Cal Ripken Baseball League, Norwalk
  • $50 to Columbus Magnet School Parent Teacher Association

 

The PAC began 2018 with $73,784.67 on hand. At end of the year, the PAC had $82,243.19. It received $26,145 in contributions in 2018 and spent $17,686.48.

Between the beginning of this year and March 31, $10,850 was contributed and $11,975 was spent. The balance on hand on March 31 was $81,118.19. The total donations to Norwalk causes in 2018 was $3,117, including $500 to the Norwalk McMahon Hockey Club in September, $500 to the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee, $500 to Friends of Rilling (in addition to the $250 mentioned above) and $142 to the City for a permit for a march against gun violence early in the year.

 

Individual contributors since Oct. 31:

$1,000

  • Robert Graham, Hillsboro Beach Fla., retiree
  • Melinda Graham, Chicago, Kemper Industries marketing
  • Elizabeth Montgomery, Hillsboro Beach Fla., retiree
  • Stanley Seligson, Greens Farms, Seligson Properties real estate development
  • Kevin Conroy, Newton, Foley Moag attorney

 

$250

  • Ross Hollander, Bloomfield, HDI president

 

$100

  • Chris Cloud, Farmington, Camilliere, Cloud and Kennedy lobbyist
  • Joseph Schull, West Hartford, President Motor Transport Association of CT
  • Jeffery Zyjeski, Avon, Gaffney Bennett lobbyist
  • Patrick McCabe, West Hartford, Capital Strategies lobbyist
  • Maureen Flaherty, West Hartford, Capital Strategies lobbyist
  • Brooks Campion, Glastonbury, Robinson and Cole lobbyist
  • Lindsay Pinkham, Simsbury, CT Bankers Association lobbyist
  • Joshua Hughes, West Hartford, Capitol Consulting lobbyist
  • PJ Cimini, West Hartford, Capital Strategies lobbyist
  • Patrick Shortell, West Hartford, Halloran and Sage lobbyist
  • Hilary Felton Reid, West Hartford, Robinson and Cole lobbyist
  • Catherine Robinson, West Hartford, Gallo and Robinson lobbyist
  • Anita Schepker, West Hartford, Capitol Consulting lobbyist
  • Brendan Fox, West Hartford, Gaffney Bennett lobbyist
  • Liam Sweeney, West Hartford, Penn Lincoln lobbyist
  • Michael Cicchetti, West Hartford, Frontier Communications lobbyist
  • Thomas Dorsey, West Hartford, Eversource Energy lobbyist
  • Dallas Dodge, West Hartford, Roy and LeRoy lobbyist
  • Amy Dowell, Westport, State Director ERN
  • James Paolino, Wolcott, Halloran and Sage lobbyist
  • Peter Smith, Milford, Rome Smith Lutz lobbyist
  • Keith Mahler, Waterbury, PKM Presents LLC executive
  • Katherine Lutz, Orange, Smith Lutz lobbyist
  • T. Michael Morrissey, Glastonbury, Morrissey Consulting lobbyist
  • William Malitsky, Hebron, Focus Government Affairs lobbyist
  • Richard Balducci, Deep River, Doyle D’Amore and Balducci lobbyist
  • Thomas Mongellow, Newington, Connecticut Bankers Association lobbyist
  • Michael Doyle, Storrs, Gaffney Bennett lobbyist
  • Anthony Camilliere, Wethersfield, CCK lobbyist
  • Jay Malcynsky, Chester, Gaffney Bennett lobbyist
  • Richard Conway, Berlin, Gaffney Bennett lobbyist
  • Stephen Kinney, Old Saybrook, Gaffney Bennett lobbyist
  • David McQuade, Vernon, Murtha Cullina lobbyist
  • Eric George, Glastonbury, Insurance Association of CT president
  • Timothy Shea, Ellington, Brown Ruddick lobbyist
  • John Larkin, Glastonbury, JC Larkin and Company lobbyist
  • Paul Nunez, New Haven, DePino Nunez and Biggs lobbyist
  • Elizabeth Gemski, Farmington, Murtha Cullina lobbyist
  • Margaret Morton, Cromwell, Eversource Energy lobbyist
  • Joy Avallone, Wallingford, Insurance Association of Connecticut lobbyist
  • James Heckman, Unionville, CT Realtors lobbyist
  • Carrie Rand-Anastasiades, Wetherfield, Nome Associates lobbyist
  • Kevin Reynolds, West Hartford, Reynolds Strategy Group lobbyist
  • Jude Malone, Mystic, CT Beer Wholesalers lobbyist
  • Chris VanDeHoef,West Hartford, Penn Lincoln Strategies, LLC lobbyist
  • Craig LeRoy, Bloomfield, Roy and LeRoy lobbyist
  • Mark Thompson, Stratford, Fairfield County Medical Association lobbyist
  • Christine Cappiello, Newtown, Anthem Blue Cross/ Blue Shield lobbyist
  • David Evans, Glastonbury, lobbyist (self)
  • Spencer Cain, Mystic, Cain Associates, LLC lobbyist
  • Linda Sobin, Wethersfield, lobbyist (self)
  • Patricia LeShane, Hartford, Sullivan and LeShane lobbyist
  • Michael Culhane, Middlebury, retired
  • Ryan Bingham, Hartford, Sullivan and LeShane lobbyist
  • Patrick Sullivan, Hartford, Sullivan and LeShane lobbyist
  • Michael Johnson, West Hartford, Sullivan and LeShane lobbyist
  • Karen-Marie Buckley, Durham, Connecticut Hospital Association lobbyist
  • James Iacobellis, Manchester, Connecticut Hospital Association lobbyist
  • Patricia Shea, Milford, lobbyist (self)
  • Robert Shea, West Hartford, Shea Law Inc. lobbyist
  • Jay Levin, New London, Levin, Powers and Brennan lobbyist
  • Linda Kowalski, Branford, The Kowalski Group, LLC lobbyist
  • Brad Weeks, Wallingford, The Kowalski Group, LLC lobbyist
  • Susan Halpin, Glastonbury, Robinson and Cole lobbyist
  • Carroll Hughes, Old Saybrook, Hughes and Cronin lobbyist
  • Jean Cronin-Hughes, Old Saybrook, Hughes and Cronin lobbyist
  • Tracy Persico, Orange, Brown Rudnick lobbyist

 

$50

  • William Welz, Willington, Gallo and Robinson lobbyist
  • Brian Sullivan, West Hartford, Przybysz and Associates Government Affairs lobbyist
  • Matthew Hallisey, Glastonbury, Matthew Hallisey Government Affairs, LLC lobbyist
  • Kenneth Przybysz, Hartford, lobbyist (self)
  • James Woulfe, Hartford, The Connecticut Group, LLC lobbyist

 

$25

  • Joseph Riter, Hartford
  • Michael Riley, Thomaston, Motor Transport Association of CT

 

 

 

Contributions from Committees:

 

$2,000

  • Connecticut Ophthalmic Medical Eye Care Committee

 

$1,000

  • Radiological Society of Connecticut

 

 

$500

  • Connecticut Health Care District 1199 PAC
  • Connecticut Laborer’s Political League

 

$250

  • Connecticut State Employees Association PAC
  • AFT Connecticut Political Action Committee

 

$100

  • Connecticut Dental Political Action Committee

 

 

Expenditures

 

$2,000

  • Senate Democrats Victory PAC
  • Democratic Senate Majority PAC
  • Democratic Leadership PAC

 

$1,000

  • Enfield Democratic Town Committee
  • West Hartford Democratic Town Committee
  • East Hartford Democratic Town Committee
  • New Britain Democratic Town Committee
  • New Britain Democratic Town Committee

 

$550

  • Marching Bears Inc., ad for band fundraising trailer

 

 

$500

  • New London Democratic Town Committee
  • West Hartford Democratic Town Committee

 

$300

  • Marilyn for Mayor, Fairfield

 

$250

  • Friends of Rilling

 

$170

  • Marching Bears Inc., full page ad in band’s fundraising book

 

$120

  • Red Rock Tavern, Hartford, food

 

$100

  • Norwalk Packers Cheerleading, Norwalk

 

$75

  • Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

 

$60

  • Canaan Institutional Baptist Church, Norwalk

 

$50

  • Norwalk Cal Ripken Baseball League, Norwalk
  • Columbus Magnet School Parent Teacher Association

34 comments

Sarah Waters June 10, 2019 at 7:20 am

Brien McMahon High School’s band could use some donations and some new uniforms as well! Bryan Meek can you update is when BMHS band will get their promised and requested new uniforms? I was marching with BMHS at Memorial Day parade and was patching uniforms en route! Thank goodness I brought lots of pins! Don’t see how they won’t burst next season. One kid’s uniform pretty much fell off!!

Andres Bermudez Hallstrom June 10, 2019 at 7:39 am

To Republicans, a politician buying ads is the same as murdering millions based on their religion. And they want voters to take them seriously! 😂

Lisa Brinton June 10, 2019 at 8:46 am

@ Andres – Local, state and national politics vary tremendously. Look at Norwalk and Connecticut financials and follow the money and our standing nationally.
@ Sarah – Local can also mean – the other side of Route 7.

Claire Schoen June 10, 2019 at 9:01 am

Two things strike me as disingenuous here – 1) a public official claims he isn’t going to make a public complaint, yet takes to Facebook to make it public and 2) he says he doesn’t expect the parents to realize what they’re doing. Really? The Marching Bears is no small booster club – it’s a viable 501c3 non profit that raises more than $100,000 annually and has professional accountants filing its tax returns. http://990.erieri.com/EINS/061088974/061088974_2016_0ed0a34e.PDF
Let’s stop the nonsense and focus on the kids.

Bryan Meek June 10, 2019 at 9:27 am

The reference to fascism was strictly limited to the use of government funds to promote a specific individual as being the ruler of the masses. Nothing more. Bob has used over $500,000 from Citizens Election funds to promote himself on things like electronic billboards in Bridgeport. This is legal even though it is a total abuse of taxpayers. What isn’t legal is using outside money. Bob passed this law himself. It would be nice if he follows it. The state spends $40 million each election cycle. Money that could be used to build a new school.

David D June 10, 2019 at 9:35 am

In case anyone is wondering. Brien McMahon is a 501c3 also but does not raise as much as the Norwalk High Band. Please feel free to donate as we can use money for more pins and duct tape to hold our uniforms together! Thanks, David (Band Parent)

David T McCarthy June 10, 2019 at 9:38 am

This has nothing to do with the band or kids, but has everything to do with a massive end run on finance laws. The clean elections law’s intention is clear (I am not a lawyer, so I won’t comment on specifics) and running a PAC that is fully funded by lobbyists should disgust everyone.

The purchasing of ads isn’t illegal, but as Bryan points out, the promotion of a candidate by a PAC certainly is, and a poster of Duff is certainly promoting him.

Why on earth do Democrats accept this? You can have any Democrat you want as Senator…there is no R that can compete. Get someone honest. Get someone that will work.

Same ol same ol... June 10, 2019 at 9:40 am

Running to social media BEFORE talking with school administrators etc. about this and Meek “won’t be filing any ‘public complaint’ in this regard”? It seems like he just did, since he’s complaining on…social media. Again and again and again. Same ol’ toxic behavior trying to mask itself as helpful to community.

Bryan Meek June 10, 2019 at 9:45 am

NHS uniforms were approved as a capital request that came forward. I believe BMHS was doing the same and I don’t see why that wouldn’t be approved, but I don’t believe it was requested this year from the SGC (I could be wrong, I don’t have the budget books handy).

Kim June 10, 2019 at 9:53 am

Mr. Meek, do you support a president who denigrates others based on their sexual orientation, religion and race? Who believes his opponents should be jailed? Do you agree that the media is the enemy of the people? Do you believe a president should be able to break and ignore the law with impunity? Look no further than your own party for “fascism defined”.

What a lot of nonsense and bluster. You should be embarrassed.

Bob June 10, 2019 at 2:30 pm

How is Bob Duff not yet behind bars?
Also, shame on all the “band parents” who think it’s fine to ditch their football team after halftime every game. The band is NOT the story during a football game, the GAME is the story!
Some band parents just show up to support the band….that’s all, and that’s disgusting.
Also, the band used to play at every high school basketball game at Norwalk High. What happened? Is basketball beneath you?

Sid Welker June 10, 2019 at 2:41 pm

Let’s all hope the Meek shall not inherit the earth. If so we’d all be running around saying and doing the same things without anything changing. Only the date. Give it a rest Mr. Meek.

Steve Mann June 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Kim, your comment has virtually no relevance to this article, but if you’re going to demean and dismiss approximately fifty million Americans, I think you owe everyone some hard facts to back up your claims. Maybe a good idea to get some fair and balanced opinions in your news intake. I for one take great offense to your comment.

Ron Morris June 10, 2019 at 4:01 pm

Kim
Excellent post. I also would like to see Meek answer your questions as they are totally relevant. Anyone that claims to be a Republican needs let it be known if they support this horrid anti American President, who is the worst of modern times. You know what they say you can tell what a person is by who their friends are.
FYI Keep in mind the Meek is part of Lisa’s campaign

Steve June 10, 2019 at 4:32 pm

Sorry Steve m . Kim is right on point . Larry cafero told republicans the same thing. Are u really going to criticize bob duff for a 50$ donation to Columbus magnet or $100 to the band ? Do you really think that makes them beholden to him? 800 us attorneys maintain your party leader committed a federal crime. He’s an unindicted co conspirator in another crime and you’re calling duff a fascist? Geez there were loads of people who voted for him too . This diatribe by Meeks makes one question his judgment . Wasn’t he the same guy who supported the silly and frivolous lawsuit against Nancy ? What’s Meeks gonna say if Morris wins a significant lawsuit against the boe, it was Morris’ fault? There seems to be a total inability for some to see the elephant in the room and want to destroy others by a 1000 pinpricks

Steve June 10, 2019 at 4:34 pm

As for bob , it’s hard to tell whether this is meant to be a joke a la The Onion or whether he means it. If it’s satire I give him credit for a biting dry sense of humor .

Sarah Waters June 10, 2019 at 4:40 pm

I’m more interested in the band! I would be interested to know if BMHS will get theirs ASAP so they can march proudly as well. Pretty sure our band was supposed to get them this year if not by next year. So it should be somewhere in the budget, hopefully not lost.

Steve Mann June 10, 2019 at 6:26 pm

Steve, you got a “point” out of Kim’s comment? All I see is the same mob-mentality, hate-spewing rhetoric that’s been espoused by the left-owned media for two years. Jeez, if I went around shouting out these false narratives for two and a half years, and saw no proof whatsoever of a crime being committed, I’d want to examine my sources. That’s just me. Statements like, “Anyone that claims to be a Republican needs let it be known if they support this horrid anti American President, who is the worst of modern times” in itself reeks of fascism. “Worst president ever”? Nah, that’s someone who empowers splinter groups to kill police, weaponizes government agencies, obstructs justice by meeting with an US AG while is spouse is being investigated, corrupts the FBI, sends billions of dollars in cash to state terrorist groups, sells precious uranium reserves to Russia (you want to talk collusion?), presents a FISA warrant based on fiction, unmasks backgrounds of private American citizens, conducts the slowest economic recovery in modern history, buries the private sector with thousands of needless regulations and oh yes, as a second act, goes around the world speaking to foreign audiences about how selfish and horrible Americans are. If that’s what you want out of your government, you’re a huge part of the problem.

John ONeill June 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Trump has nothing to do with our local politics. Any Democrat who plays that card is both clever and disingenuous.Although I appreciate clever people I totally dislike disingenuous people trying to be clever. We have bigger fish to fry than Duff plastering his picture all over Norwalk high school like Mao Tse Tung..That being said, he needs to be called on violation. More importantly, we need to find out why Dems raided State Transportation Fund while claiming it’s going broke. Thats arrogant and stupid.

Ernie DesRochers June 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

When in doubt change the narrative. Thanks for all of the good laughs with some of the posts. Great comments David and John. Right on point.

Steve June 10, 2019 at 8:22 pm

Steve Mann 800 US attorneys seemed to feel there was a crime and the Republican Vietnam War vet ex-FBI chief clearly thought the Donald could not be exonerated. Amazing how an FBI that was “out to get” Trump decided to put HIlary’s name under investigation but not make public there never Trump feelings when it could’ve dug a hole for his campaign. Isn’t it amazing how the FBI and other agencies knew two years ahead of the campaign to start investigating Carter Page? Yup but all things bad originated with the Democratic Party. Hasn’t been one mass shooting since except Las Vegas, Florida, Virigina Beach, Texas…North Korea has given up all it’s Nukes, Iran has undergone regime change and is singing Kumbaya. There was no recovery under Obama except for the massive inflation predicted by great Republicans like Larry Kudlow, and the entire housing collapse had nothing to do with Hank Paulson and George W. Bush…and Trump has made more than 10,000 lies and misstatements over the past less than 1000 days. Keep watching Fox News and of course…if you are also still tuned into InfoWars, you can also believe that Sandy Hook never happened….or the moon landing

Tysen Canevari June 10, 2019 at 10:16 pm

its comical how we go from an ad on the marching bears trailer to Trump being a criminal. Its kind of like that game we played in grammar school where we all stand in a line and start the story and pass it down the line only to have an irrelevant and abstract story told by the final person. Instead of arguing about Bob spending money on the band we should only cry why more money isn’t spent on the kids! They are the ones that get violated and ignored. Act like adults people and take a deep breath!

DT June 10, 2019 at 11:50 pm

Bottom line…and we’re getting off-topic…..Duff was wrong and should be fined/jailed for this.

Pros & Cons June 11, 2019 at 8:05 am

Putting aside campaign finance law, marching bands, he said/she said, do some/all BOE members think it’s OK for a parent organization to sell naming rights to a school system owned structure on school grounds as a fundraiser? Just saying ….

Steve Mann June 11, 2019 at 11:34 am

Steve, here’s the vaunted Mueller report conclusion:

We can’t seem to find any evidence he stole the horse, but he’s definitely guilty of trying to avoid hanging for it.

All that time, all that money, all that manpower, and the best he could do was, “we can’t find any evidence that a crime was not committed”. Huh?

Bob Welsh June 11, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Three comments have been deleted for violating the policy on sock puppets, which requires that commenters post under only one name in a single thread.

Ron Morris June 11, 2019 at 4:39 pm

Steven Mann
Nice try at spin by leaving out key points of the statement in the Muller report. Here is the complete statement that paints a completely different picture than your fake news statement.

“’Charging the president with a crime was an option we could not consider,” Mueller said. But he didn’t clear Trump. “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller added. “We did not however make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”
Mueller said “it would be unfair” to accuse someone with a crime who can’t defend himself at trial, emphasizing that he was following a Justice Department policy against indicting sitting presidents.

Tysen Canevari June 11, 2019 at 9:01 pm

Cmon Ron Stay on topic! Doesnt matter what side of the aisle you are. Most presidents had or have their faults. They are human! Just remember “I did not have sex with that woman!”

Same ol same ol... June 12, 2019 at 11:17 am

Squirrel! Stay on topic: remember, Meek’s behavior? Why didn’t he talk with the band first, since they are their own organization and see how they feel about this? Running to social media constantly? Childish.I agree with Sid. And this ad of Duff’s isn’t coming out of no where-he’s a nhs parent, a band parent, went to the high school and I think was even in the band. Right? Why would Meek be bringing this up now, after the election? If he thinks he can make more things happen in Hartford than he should run and simply stop complaining, which is what he continually does. Oh and remind people he’s a volunteer.

Bryan Meek June 12, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Same ol, same ol….courageous keyboard warriors. I guess I’d leave my name off too rather than admit to the world I didn’t actually read the article, examine the real violations of the law, the abuse of taxpayers, and my reasons for leaving the band out of this.

I’m sure all of these anonymous posters would have no issue with me renting space out from one of our schools and using illegally obtained funding to have my campaign headquarters, as long as my kids went to it.

Sid Welker June 13, 2019 at 9:25 am

@Bryan Meek and whomever else uses the anonymous name same old story excuse, half of the people on here have one word names or initials when commenting. Most of them are in favor of you in this comment section. So what is your point?

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