Perone (D-137) gets backing of state teachers union, UAW

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Chris Perone

Updated 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, with UAW endorsement:

NORWALK, Conn. – With just a week to go before the Aug. 12 primary election, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has endorsed five-term state Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) in his re-election bid.

Perone also has received the endorsement of United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 9A, according to a Wednesday press release from his campaign. UAW represents workers in different sectors of the economy, not just auto workers.

“UAW is proud to support a legislator with a history of supporting workers rights,” said Julie Kreshner, director of UAW Region 9A, in the release. “His work in raising the minimum wage and passing Paid Family Sick Leave has resonated deeply with working families across Connecticut.”

AFT Connecticut President Melodie Peters said in a press release the union endorsed Perone for his “long-term commitment to working families.” Chris Perone is “in an elite group of incumbent legislators” who have always worked hard on behalf of education.

“A world class education is the cornerstone of a successful future for our children,” Perone said in the release. “I have worked hard to bring back millions of dollars in state funds for education and create the innovative Norwalk Early College Academy to make sure our students have the support and resources they need. I’m honored that the AFT has once again recognized my hard work on behalf of Norwalk’s children.”

Rep. Perone has been previously endorsed by the Connecticut Education Association, the Working Families Party, AFSCME and the International Association of Machinists

Perone will face party-endorsed candidate and two-term Common Councilman David Watts (D-District A) in the primary. Watts won a narrow victory for the party backing at a May district convention.

AFT Connecticut has a membership of more than 29,000 teachers, school-related personnel including paraprofessionals, state employees, healthcare workers, and higher education faculty and staff.


12 responses to “Perone (D-137) gets backing of state teachers union, UAW”

  1. EveT

    Chris’s advocacy for education is just one of many reasons to re-elect him.

  2. John Hamlin

    The teachers union is a roadblock to progress in our schools.

  3. Norewalk Lifer

    Good for Chris Perone, here’s to seeing you win.

    Norwalk Lifer

  4. One and Done.

    Where exactly does UAW have members near the 137th. Or will Chris legislate for their interests ahead of those of his own district?

  5. Mark Chapman


    DNA Campaigns is a campaign management firm out of New Haven. It is also running the Bruce Morris campaign, and ran Mayor Rilling’s campaign. ACORN no longer exists, but did figure in the formation of the Working Families Party (not the Workers People Party; perhaps, for some reason, you are confusing it with the Workers Party of North Korea, or the US version, a socialist party based in Illinois). The campaign reports are specific, available to the public online, and are designed to provide transparency. I should also point out that all the primary candidates qualified for public funding through getting donations from individuals. Every donor is listed in the various campaign reports, so you can see where the first $1,500 came from (donors were limited to $100). We have run links to each campaign’s reports showing donors. As for spending, Mr. Watts and Mr. Pena are paying mostly local people to do “outreach” work, and spending a lot of money on headquarters, office supplies and food. Mr. Perone, Mr. Morris and Bob Duff are spend heavily on professional campaign management. Those firm perform the same services as the non-professional outreach workers. Emily Wilson and Fred Wilms seem to be handling their own campaigns with their treasurers and re not shot large expenditures for professional or amateur outreach.

  6. One and Done.

    I love it when a light bulb goes off yet another taxpayer’s head when they realize what a scam this whole citizens financing program is.
    The Dems love to blame Jodi for this, even though it would have passed with their veto override powers. Then they increased it to $6 million because Dannel, er Dan, would have been white washed by Foley last time around. .

    The whole thing stinks and soaks us for $35 million or so I last heard. That doesn’t even include the tens of millions upon millions we are spending on full time lawyers and clerks to process all this crap. Disgusting.

  7. loveforthecity

    Mr. Morris and Mr. Perone are engaging in reporting malpractice. Thank you for posting a way to access their reports. So they have a joint Headquarters, where is the rent on their report? They put eachother including Bob Duff on their mailers and literature, which is an election violation as they are all participating in the Citizens Election Program. Not to mention the hidden expenses in their current reports which no one can see. I guess, they don’t feed their volunteers, buy them water, just simply cut checks to High Profile consultants. At least Pena and Watts are spending their funds on people and the community.

    1. Mark Chapman

      I tried to email this to you but your email address is phony. We have a policy against sock puppets, and we have four people with similar writing styles filing from the same IP address with much of the same language supporting each other. This smacks of sock puppetry, and we have banned others for this practice. It is abusive, deceptive, and won;t be allowed.

  8. One and Done.

    @Mark. Nevertheless the phony emails, you have to question the transparency here on the disclosures. Doesn’t sound legal if you read the basics of the state law. Who knows, these guys all made it for themselves so there are probably loopholes that allow this crap. Sounds like a story to me.

    1. Mark Chapman

      @One and Done

      If I get a few minutes, I might well look into it. Remember, we are two people, and until donations and/or advertising picks up, we will continue to be two people doing all the writing and reporting and editing and the offline things that go into this. The question would be, I think, who monitors the political advisory groups and how THEY spend the money. Of course, we also could get into the granular question of who are these people who are just names in the neighborhood who are getting paid hundreds or more despite no expertise? The opportunity for misdeeds is just as great, if not greater. And it all gets worse going up the line to statewide races where much more money is in play.

  9. One and Done.

    The way I read the law, you are supposed to specifically list out all expenditures that were made in the campaign regardless of whether or not you have some third party consultant running the whole show. Then again, there may be some hidden legalese that allows them to bury the details. I would argue that even if it is legal, it is not ethical.

  10. piberman

    Norwalk’s enthusiasm for Democratic legislators supported by public unions keeps growing. Pity local voters can’t see the connection between such enthusiasm with their stagnant property values and CT’s inability to regain pre-Recession employment. Democrats just love those public unions and vice-versa.

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