NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk news generally plays out online, on News 12 and in local print, but now and then something catches the attention of a TV assigning news editor and the news spreads across the region – in the latest case, the capital region.
FoxCT, the Hartford Fox TV affiliate, showed up for the Board of Education press conference/protest Tuesday, giving a broader audience a look at allegations of racial discrimination on the board.
Norwalk got national exposure a few years ago when Tanya McDowell was arrested on charges relating to having her child attend a Norwalk school despite not living here. McDowell was ultimately tried and convicted on other charges, but not before the Rev. Al Sharpton joined local minority leaders in making it a national story.
Not exactly the kind of stuff Chamber of Commerce dreams are made of.
AFL-CIO adds backing to Perone and Morris campaigns
Labor giant AFL-CIO announced Friday it is endorsing Chris Perone (D-137) and Bruce Morris (D-140) in their re-election bids for state representative.
Both men are facing primary challenges Tuesday, Morris from Warren Pena and Perone from David Watts.
AFL-CIO is the state’s largest labor federation, with a membership of more than 211,000 union workers from more than 900 affiliated unions around the state.
“Both Rep. Morris and Rep. Perone have had an enduring commitment to protecting the interests of working families across Connecticut,” said Executive Secretary Treasurer Lori Pelletier in an emailed statement. “Their experience and knowledge has allowed them to champion causes such as increased minimum wage, paid sick leave and lower taxes for working families.”
No new ground broken at press conference
When the Registrar of Voters office found out the mailer sent out by the John Federici campaign contained outdated polling place information, the incumbent registrars sprang into action. Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells took the lead – only proper as Federici is trying to take incumbent Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons’ job – in getting out the word. Pitching in was fellow Democrat and Deputy Registrar Bob Sodaro.
There was a very thorough press release explaining the errors, how they were made, who made them and offering the correct polling places and links to where voters can look things up for themselves.
Republican Town Committee Chairman Pete Torrano and his vice chairman, Art Scialabba, leapt into action as well, saying they were aware of the problem, Federici had nothing to do with it, and it was being corrected. And, by the way, the Registrars’ reaction was politically motivated, and the press conference was overkill and could violate election laws.
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“Stop! You’re both right!”
When the errors, involving the polling locations in the 142nd District where two Republican races (including registrar) will be decided Tuesday, were reported, it was important for the city, through the Registrar’s office, to respond with the proper information. Then they scheduled a press conference for Friday, open to the public. About nine non-press people showed up, most or all City Hall workers.
NancyOnNorwalk covered the story thoroughly Thursday, and the story was part of the morning Newsdown email blast. The Hour covered it thoroughly was well, both online and in print.
NoN got a call Thursday from Scialabba, who was in the Midwest, to talk about the move and label it political stunt. He said, as did Torrano, another mailing was going out to the affected areas that would explain the situation.
Torrano and Scialabba could hardly be blamed. They have led the push to get voters to remove Lyons, a 14-year veteran, and elect Federici. While Federici has remained above it all, the campaign has been testy, to be polite. And the two Democrats in the office have publicly supported Lyons through it all.
NoN went to the conference, but more to see if there was anything new, or if there was any misuse of the office for political purposes.
Aside from the question of whether press conference was even necessary, we heard no politically tinged comments, saw not political literature. And there was no new news.
So this is the extent of our press conference coverage. In case you missed it yesterday, here’s the link.