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Harp Sounds Fire Alarm
by Thomas MacMillan | Sep 5, 2013 2:59 pm
Posted to: Morris Cove, Campaign 2013
Mayoral candidate Toni Harp marshaled Morris Cove troops Thursday to defend their local fire station from what she claimed was a threat of closure.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Harp accused opponent Justin Elicker of making a “coded” threat to close the firehouse, putting the neighborhood at risk.
Elicker denied making any such threat. He has made it clear that he would not close the Morris Cove station. He said Harp has resorted to lying about her opponents’ statements, as a last-minute ploy to mislead voters five days before the primary election.
The accusations came just days before Tuesday’s election, in which Harp and Elicker—along with Kermit Carolina and Henry Fernandez—seek the Democratic nomination for the open mayor’s seat.
The press conference represented stepped-up aggression for Harp’s campaign. It marked the first time she has held a campaign event held solely to blast Elicker by name. It also served to highlight one key base of support in the race: Harp has secured the endorsement of the fire union.
At noon on Thursday, Harp appeared in front of the Morris Cove fire station with Assistant Fire Chief Pat Egan, fire union President Jimmy Kottage, Aldermen Sal DeCola and Al Paolillo, and several firefighters.
Harp referred to an article in the Independent in which Elicker said that as mayor, he would explore some form of consolidation with East Haven for emergency calls handled by the Morris Cove station.
That’s “code for ‘we will close this station,’” Harp said. “I’m here to say no.”
Harp twice referred to Elicker as a newcomer to New Haven. “Clearly Mr. Elicker hasn’t been around for very long,” she said. “Some folks have lived here for decades, unlike Mr. Elicker.”
Public safety may be something “Mr. Elicker can easily cast off” as mayor, she said. “The people of this community deserve the same protection” as other parts of the city.
Elicker later responded that Harp had deliberately distorted his stance as presented in the Independent article.
“I specifically say in those comments that I am not proposing shutting down a fire house in the East Shore,” he said. “She flat-out lied in front of the public about my platform, in an attempt four days before the election to mislead people into changing their vote. That kind of politics is deeply dishonest and is exactly what we’re trying to get away from as a city.”
Elicker said that he “pushed back” against the fire department’s move to do away with Engine 8 in East Rock.
Elicker outlined a proposal for fire services: The East Shore has two fire houses, on Woodward Avenue and at Lighthouse Point. Each has an engine only, not a squad, a bigger truck with different capabilities. The city has two squads, on Ellsworth Avenue and on Whitney Avenue. Elicker said squads are needed for particular emergencies, including cold water rescues, and dealing with hazardous materials. They have equipment to handle these situations that engines don’t, he said.
Currently, if Morris Cove has a cold-water rescue emergency, the response time for a squad would be eight to 10 minutes, Elicker said. “By partnering with neighboring towns, and through regionalization in general, we can decrease the response time and increase the safety for places like the East Shore, where right now, from a municipal perspective, they’re very isolated.”
The East Shore is a peninsula of New Haven, but is not actually isolated if you look beyond the city borders, Elicker said.
Elicker also said he would “explore” changing minimum staffing requirements in fire stations, as long as safety isn’t compromised. “I’m focused on evidence-based government,” he said.
Asked if minimum staffing requirements should be changed, Harp said, “I don’t think so.”
“I think he’s changing the story now,” Harp said of Elicker’s explanation about hazmat and cold-water rescue. Elicker didn’t mention those things in the quote in the Independent story, she said.
Harp said she doesn’t know how Elicker would partner with East Haven since that town has a volunteer fire department.
“He’s trying to get away from what he was saying,” Harp said. “East Haven, while they have wonderful volunteers, the reality is that you wouldn’t call East Haven to handle a call in New Haven.”
“He doesn’t understand how the fire department works. He doesn’t understand inter-municipal agreements,” Harp said. It’s unreasonable to suggest that New Haven could partner with East Haven without it costing New Haven money, she said.
Despite Elicker’s denial, Harp said Elicker’s intention to close the Morris Cove fire house is clear “if you read between the lines.”
“It’s suggested by what he said,” Harp said.
If he wouldn’t close the Morris Cove fire station, he would remove the engine, leaving any staff without a vehicle, Harp said. Elicker was quoted saying that the Morris Cove fire station handles the fewest calls, so therefore, that engine would be the one he would remove, Harp deduced. “Where else would he eliminate one?”
Harp said Elicker is “shooting from the hip” and betraying his “lack of experience.”
“The people in our town have got to be assured that their safety comes first,” Harp said.
As evidence of the essential need for the Morris Cove fire station, Harp said that the firefighters there were among the first to respond to last month’s plane crash, just over the border in East Haven.
Tags: Justin Elicker, Toni Harp, Fire Department
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Very sad to see Harp resorting to lies as a way to get attention.
Elicker’s statement that he would not close the firehouse was very clear.
It only makes you wonder what else she has lied about, like her statement that she “knows nothing” about the slumlord family business that contributed nearly $4,000 to her campaign in just one filing, not even counting the lavish fundraiser that Mr. Harp sponsored in Hamden.
I do not know many of these public figures and always try to judge them on their positions, rather than my best guess of their motives. This, however, actually raises questions about Toni Harp the person.
But hey, “no one has worked harder.”
Harp - “[t]he reality is that you wouldn’t call East Haven to handle a call in New Haven.”
Attributed to Harp by the NHI - “[T]he firefighters there were among the first to respond to last month’s plane crash, just over the border in East Haven.”
Why does this article merely repeat Harp’s version of Elicker’s comments.
I really wish this article said explicitly:
“Elicker, in the comments Harp is referring to, said :
“He would also explore some form of consolidation with East Haven for the work handled by the Morris Cove station, which has the lowest volume of calls but is too far away from other stations to close down altogether; he would not shut down the station.”
Saying, Elicker will shut down the fire station would require not reading what he said.
Why doesn’t the Independant point this out? I appreciate them giving Elicker a chance to tell his side of the story but why can’t the Independant act as a referee and say, here’s what Justin actually said. Harp is lying.
Harp said “The people in our town have got to be assured that their safety comes first,”
and if elected Harp would put safety first. First in line directly after the interest of the unions, lawyers, construction companies, and anything her big money supporters ask of her. Safety would come right after that I’m sure.
So New Haven can’t work with East Haven, but New Haven was the first to respond last month to the crash in East Haven? What am I missing?
Same BS lies they did when Kerekes was running, but then it was Whitney Ave firehouse…and they knew that the people in East Rock would not buy that lie so they are saying it to Morris Cove. I have talk to several folks in the past few minutes who live in MS and no this is a lie. This hurt harp. Hey FD come up with a new election lie…the closing fire house line is getting stale. No one believes you guys any more.
I know people will attack Our Toni for saying this. She isn’t lying though. He said it. He said it plain. He will close the station!
And this man wants to change the retirement benefits of new fire and police. He wants them to have 401k plan if they are new. That’s an outrage! Who deserves that? Who would want those jobs? How would Our City pay for these expensive 401k pensions?
I’ve been out putting HARP signs everywhere and in between. People are so thankful when I ask to put them on their lawn. And we hit all the parks and beaches in East Shore. Support for Toni is high in Our City. You’ll see it in the vote. At least 30% if not more will vote Toni. The rest can’t make it with 70% to split three ways and will need to drop out. It’s the only honorable thing to do, so we can have a serious election come November.
Last election, when John DeStefano sent out a mailer calling Jeffrey Kerekes a “tea partier,” NHI (correctly) ruled it “hokum,” noting that DeStefano’s claim was based on a misrepresentation of a Kerekes quote in the NHI. Here, we have a candidate making what in some sense is an even more outlandish claim, again based on a complete misrepresentation of a quote in the NHI. It may be more outlandish because the quote in question actually says precisely the opposite of what Harp claims:
“He would also explore some form of consolidation with East Haven for the work handled by the Morris Cove station, which has the lowest volume of calls but ***is too far away from other stations to close down altogether; he would not shut down the station***.”
In yesterday’s story, Elicker simply said “he would not shut down the station.” Today, he explains why he would not shut down the station (he may well have done this during the interview yesterday, as well) and why he would instead look to improve efficiencies through other means. Harp calls that “changing the story”?
I mean, what are supposed to make of this?
And what to make of this: “East Haven, while they have wonderful volunteers, the reality is that you wouldn’t call East Haven to handle a call in New Haven.” Interesting. Tell that to the guys who, again according to NHI, were *actually* the first to respond to the Tweed crash last month. (Nothing against the Morris Cove crew, who were “among the first” to respond.)
I have no strong views of whether the Morris Cove station should be closed, combined, expanded, but it’s clear from this story (if it wasn’t before) that one of these candidates would make these and other decisions based on evidence and best practices, while the other could care less about facts.
I wonder what it must feel like, as an otherwise honorable person, to reach that stage in a political race when your handlers tell you you have to start lying to get ahead.
Lies right after the debates end. Shocking. REALLY good sign for Elicker. When an inside candidate with her resources has to resort to lies and obfuscation to discredit the competition, the competition has likely become a major concern.
The door knocker day walkers this weekend are going to be epic. Ask them where they are from before you ingest their endorsement.
Tax evader and liar.
Toni you know you are going to lose the 18th so you resort to lies. I have walked the neighborhood you will be lucky to 20% of the vote.
Can’t wait till the votes are counted Tuesday night.
Just out of curiosity Paul (never animosity), if Harp had made that statement in the NHI comments section, would you have included a [Editor: Actually, that’s completely false] like when anonymous falsely stated Harp had nothing to do with community policing?
First, was Chief Egan on duty and acting in his official capacity, at this political event, as a chief I assume he is always on duty. I feel these presents a serious conflict of duty.
Clearly on going back over Elicker’s prior statement I see nothing to indicate any mention of closing Engine 16. The idea of consolidation of some services is not new or radical as Harp makes it. Example NHFDs response to the recent plane crash. And East Haven has a paid Fire Department, something Chief Egan should had told her I sure he Knows that
Funny I remember hearing these same words being falsely attributed to the Kerekes’ campaign.
The Fire Union and Chief Egan help spread those lies two years ago.
I guess Mr Kottage hasn’t learned his lesson about staying out of politics. If I was in his union, I would want him to be paying more attention to the arbitration hearings he is going thru and not making political endorsements -they dont seem to be doing much for his people.
Harp obviously doesn’t realize that East Haven is not “volunteer” and has a fully functioning career department and has covererd into New Haven for coverage many times during large scale incidents when New Haven resources are depleted. Branford also frequently responds to New Haven for Medical calls due to depletion of EMS resources and AMR’s lack of adequate staffing. Also, mutual aid responses and responding to normal calls are completely different. Mutual Aid is triggered by certain events, major incidents etc. NOT to respond to routine calls. That if done would absolutely cost New Haven money as tax payers in East Haven are not going to foot the bill to supply New Haven with Fire and EMS services. Also, East Haven doesn’t have the manpower to cover morris cove even if it were agreeable. Harp is posturing. Nothing more.
The exact quote from yesterday’s article says, “he would not shut down the station”. I copied and pasted what’s in between the quotations.
This kind of spin (it’s actually not spin but rather a flat out lie) is EXACTLY what I dislike about a lot of politicians, and it is exactly why I like Elicker. He has displayed nothing but honesty and integrity throughout this campaign and as alderperson.
@Righteous Cyclist - can you provide a source?
Sorry folk, spin what you want but consolidate means only one thing when it comes out of a politicians mouth.
Not surprising that Justin would fight so hard to keep as many fire services in East Rock while looking to have the people on the East Shore depend on the volunteer fire brigade from East Haven, just look at his money map.
Similar to how he tried to lower the taxes in East Rock and stick the rest of the city with the bill.
We know who East Rock Elicker puts first.
Scot that’s just what I’m hearing from people I talk to and now it’s printed in this article. You can’t backwards peddle on the statements he made at debates. And you know where Senator Harp stands. Toni will open local fire stations by creating mini tow halls all over the city. Your gonna see more public safety then ever before.
I’m happy to see that now, just days before the election, Elicker is the only candidate who hasn’t resorted to negative campaigning and telling lies to get votes. Clearly he is the best candidate, and his repeated defense of his plan and his record as an Alderman in the face of constant attack from other candidates is a perfect display of his excellent character.
Well, its a good sign that Justin has climbed that high in the polls to warrant a personal attack from Toni. But, it is also generally frowned upon to lie in public, while standing at a podium, with public safety officials standing behind you. It makes you appear desperate.
I know Harp as my former supervisor at Hill Health homeless health, and Elicker as the only alderman to answer and then act on citizen petitions to address the illegal dirtbike problem. As the campaign progresses, my respect for Elicker grows as he speaks truth to power. And, for Harp, falls by the minute as she uses lies and fear mongering to attack her opponents.
Wow, this is getting ugly. I really cannot believe Harp can state lies publically about another candidate and feel comfortable doing it…... and to boot in a press conference forum. I knew Justin Elicker has made huge strides and is running quite close and head on with her. So she thinks it’s ok to lie about a decent human being like Justin Elicker to try and set him back? I also deeply resent our fire official getting involved in a political press conference. Frankly Pat Eagan should do his job and stop stomping around on the taxpayers dime. Shame on Toni and Eagan.
@Righteous Cyclist: No, you are wrong. Elicker has never said he would close the fire station.
Elicker’s statements regarding the fire station in the Cove can be found in this article published yesterday:
For convenience, here is the relevant passage:
He would also explore some form of consolidation with East Haven for the work handled by the Morris Cove station, which has the lowest volume of calls but is too far away from other stations to close down altogether; he would not shut down the station.
Good luck to those of you living in The Cove if Elicker’s plan is to utilize Mutual Aid from East Haven to be your first line of defense. They are not prepared to handle fires, or other special rescue situations to the capacity the NHFD is, nor do they have the manpower. If you want 2 guys on an engine and 1 guy on a truck sitting outside your burning house, while you burn, follow through with the East Haven Plan. LOL!
You people really need to speak to experts. and people with training and true-understanding of special rescues and fireground needs in the Fire Service, and you will only find that in about 4 guys in New Haven. And judging by your picture (as well as Harp supporters in the fire department), and knowing who Elicker’s “friends” in the firehouse are, these 2 candidates aren’t talking to the right people.
Righteous cyclist is right. Harp will bring more safety to New Haven. The Elm City needs to take care of NHPD and NHFD employees and Harp will do that. If Elicker wins, he will not get the most out of NHPD and NHFD employees. What NHPD officer wants to put on a bullet proof vest and kiss their mom, children, or wife goodnite and go to work and will have to place him or her in the worst situation that New Haven as to offer “for 401k?” that’s a joke. Same for NHFD, risk their lives in horrendous situations for peanuts and screws, that’s NOT RIGHT. Almost every person in this city, personally knows a good and brave officer or firefighter, “so think of them, don’t you guys think they deserve better?” Because I do.
So here we are. Toni Harp - career politician and flat-out liar.
@ RighteousCyclist - Nice try. Your candidate is a career politician and matriarch of CT’s #1 tax scofflaws. She is obviously unfit to serve. Her comments today are beneath the dignity of the office of mayor and of the office she currently holds.
How sad that for all the money, machine support, and meaningless endorsements, Toni Harp has had to resort to lying five days before the primary. Her union masters should be proud.
posted by: William Kurtz on September 5, 2013 7:35pm
Good grief; Senator Harp has moved beyond “politics as usual” into being an actual embarrassment with this kind of nonsense:
Despite Elicker’s denial, Harp said Elicker’s intention to close the Morris Cove fire house is clear “if you read between the lines.”
“It’s suggested by what he said,” Harp said.
And her sock puppets like “Righteous Cyclist” still manage to outdo her:
He said it. He said it plain. He will close the station!
I guess he “said it plain” if you take “I won’t close the station” to mean, “I will close the station.”
Please put on your big kid pants and run the race on the issues and your plans to address them. You still have four full days to form some.
Kermit said it best last night, that he is relying on the intelligence of the voters to see through all of this BS. Harp is so out of touch with NHV, it’s sad. And she’s making promises to the people that her family has kept down for decades just to get their votes. The whole thing reeks.
You are now officially an embarrassment to us.
Do not continue in the DeStefano way.
TO UNDERSTAND MY ANALYSIS YOU SHOULD ALSO READ THE NH REG ARTICLE ON THIS STORY HERE
(Elicker) would ‘explore’ changing minimum manning requirements if safety isn’t compromised; seek more ‘efficiencies’ in the department. That doesn’t have to mean closing a fire station. It could mean eliminating a fire engine, for instance. He would also explore some form of consolidation with East Haven for the work handled by the Morris Cove station, which has the lowest volume of calls but is too far away from other stations to close down altogether; he would not shut down the station.”
DOESN’T MEAN CLOSING A FIRE STATION BUT COULD MEAN ELIMINATING A FIRE ENGINE, WELL WHICH ENGINE DOES HE WANT TO ELIMINATE?
CONSOLIDATE WITH EAST HAVEN FOR THE WORK HANDLED BY THE MORRIS COVE STATION. SO THE IDEA IS TO HAVE EAST HAVEN PICK UP SOME OR ALL OF THE WORK THE THE MORRIS COVE FIRE STATION HANDLES? AM I READING THIS WRONG.ELICKER NOW SAYS IN THE REGISTER ARTICLE THAT HE MEANS TO AUGMENT THE SERVICES WITH ADDITIONAL SERVICES FROM EAST HAVEN. DOES EAST HAVEN STAFF A RESPONSE UNIT LIKE THIS? CONSOLIDATE IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN AUGMENT OR SUPPLEMENT AND HE ORIGINALLY SAID CONSOLIDATE!
HE WOULD NOT CLOSE IT DOWN ALTOGETHER. ALTOGETHER, SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN. AT NIGHT,DURING THE DAY,WEEKENDS. THE TERM ALTOGETHER AT THE END OF HIS STATEMENT RIGHTFULLT LEADS SOMEONE TO BELIEVE THAT HIS INTENTION IS TO CLOSE IT DOWN ATLEAST SOMETIMES.
HE WOULD NOT SHUT DOWN THE STATION BUT HE DIDN’T SAY THE ENGINE AND HIS PREVIOUS STATEMENT OF NOT NECESSARILY CLOSING THE STATION BUT POSSIBLE AN ENGINE COUPLED WITH THE ALTOGETHER WORDING SURE SEEMS LIKE HE HAS PLANS TO NOT HAVE THAT ENGINE IN SERVICE ALL THE TIME.
I DON’T THINK THAT HARP IS STRETCHING IT TO FAR. EITHER ELICKER IS TRYING TO BACK OUT OF WHAT HE SAID EARLIER OR HE IS A POOR COMMUNICATOR. THE LATTER IS HARD TO BELIEVE!
Righteous Cyclist is employing something called “irony.” I suspect he or she is a Xavier alt. The Xavier postings were funnier, though.
Harp represents everything that is wrong with politics. She’ll lose and return to the state in disgrace.
I would hardly call this a “strong endorsement” for Harp from the NHFD, jumping in just a few days from the election. Pretty weak.
Convention of Liars Notes:
1. It’s one thing for Toni Harp to lie about her knowledge of her family finances, her performance in Hartford, or whether she has cut the state budget. Bold faced lies about your opponent, especially one who has run a positive only campaign, is disgraceful.
2. This big lie, is the same one the NHFD trots out every election to support their candidate. They did it against Kerekes. Its repetitive an
3. What will come next, is a mailer from the same lying fire department.
4. Assistant Fire Chief Pat Eagan’s use of the uniform, either on duty or off, for political purposes is both a violation of city policy, and a disgrace to what the uniform represents. When he puts on that uniform, we have a right to expect quality service and truth of tongue. Posing on our property, in his uniform is an abuse. Given the in-fighting, the girly fights in the fire houses, the endless lawsuits and recriminations that plague the NHFD, suggests he should spend his time working to manage better than dribbling political lies.
4. That rubber-stampers Paolilo, DeCola add their voices to the lies too.
5. All that said - the NHFD is a bloated mess. From its organizational structure, to the number of firefighters budgeted, the equipment we have and the service they perform - it is all old school, doesn’t reflect national trends and costs significantly more than departments of cities our size in Northamerica.
6. The city is flat ass broke. It has no reserves and spends every nickle it has. With deficits, unfunded pensions and a credit rating one notch above junk, to not look at the fire service for efficiencies is stupid.
7. The NHFD needs to re-focus on the needs of the people it serves. Adding a play toy like a boat, spending 90% of its time driving fire trucks to medical calls and transporting nobody is wasteful. That Harp won’t look at the third largest departmental expenditure for savings is a prima facia case on her donor influence and ignorance.
When Morris Covers and others go to the polls on Election Day they should contemplate their property tax bill (4 digits? 5 digits?) and them take a moment to contemplate Toni Harps property tax bill (zero).
posted by: obi on September 6, 2013 7:19am
Is the Harp campaign running scared? Not the tactic one would expect to read from a candidate thought to have election in the bag. In reading the article it is clear Elicker did NOT say he would close the station. For a career politician who was delinquent in paying her taxes, knew nothing of late husband now sons outstanding taxes, has a Bethany party house was traumatized in drive thru in Newhallville etc. is now resorting to a blatant untruth. What will her handlers come up with next? Is her son’s business still collecting money from the city of New Haven for a house or building kept vacant for emergencg housing?? The last I read it had not ever been used as such but payments continued. And is it true NHHA keeps units for emergench housing making his units a duplicate of service?
I don’t understand the mentality of the East Rock Hippie Vegans on this site. There are only bout five of you in the whole world. Wake up. EVERYONE ELSE loves Toni.
Even if she had flaws which I don’t see, people don’t care about that. Nobody in New Haven cares about taxes. Nobody in New Haven cares about integrity. Nobody who lives in one of the last two good neighborhoods in New Haven cares about slumlord sons. You can’t hoist your boy up on that cross and expect him to win.
You don’t even know how lucky you all are to have a mayor like Toni. I should vote in Guilford instead, and just be done with New Haven but I’m out there trying to create jobs for people so I still care. And outside of New Haven there are real republicans running. You can’t have all these hotheaded punks running for mayor and splitting the votes forever. Someone will take notice.
If there’s only one Real Democrat running, what are the other three? They don’t have any endorsements, so we don’t know what they are, do we?
I aplaude Toni for peeling the onion back on the Elicker Experiment.
Hurray! The Elicker Experiment is finally becoming unravelled.
Listen to Justin obfuscate regarding his blunder to close the firestation. If it were not true, then why is it, I hear no firemen defending him?
During these perilous times in New Haven, voters are in need of a steady experienced hand at the wheel. Voters in no way can trust a person who doesn’t even have a learners permit.
Elicker Experiment 2.0 didn’t even realize that the East Haven fire house in question, was comprised of VOLUNTEERS. In case no one from New Canaan told you Mr. Elicker, the New Haven firemen are more than capable of handling their own territory.
By the way, since you’re in the reducing mode, why didn’t you suggest reducing some of the apparatus in East Rock Mr. Elicker? Allow me to assist you in answering that question, because you’d be kindling, in the fireplaces throughout your ward.
The city is in need of a mayor who understands what’s at stake here as it relates to public safety. The Elicker Experiment is a walking soundbite and if you’re not careful, it’s headed your way.
Toni is correct in standing up for the taxpayers in Morris Cove. How dare the Elicker Experiment assume no one is listening to the 75 platitudes that are wrong for this city.
“The Little Engine That Could,” has just arrived.
When it comes to defending the safety of New Haveners, don’t you dare play with Mrs. Harp.
New Haven is unlike any city I have ever lived in. There are many of you who like Justin more than you do Toni. However, you know viscerally that Toni is the far better qualified and choice to run this city. So help let her run it on election day Tuesday and in November.
Brian Jenkins. I’ve seen Toni’s management skills close up as a health care provider at Hill Health Homeless Health. When I had questions for Toni, the answer, more often than not “sorry Toni’s in Hartford”. When time for quarterly meetings, more of the same “meeting cancelled, Toni’s in Hartford.” Time for my yearly evaluation - flying colors from Toni though we met perhaps 4 times in the 6 years I worked for (granted I worked off site at a shelter). Believe me, we don’t want Toni as mayor, she will be overwhelmed and absolutely beholden to every interest besides that of hard-working, tax paying new haven residents m.
“I should vote in Guilford instead, and just be done with New Haven”
Please, please, please vote where you actually live - you, just like the your UniteHere friends, have no idea how utterly sickening it is to be dictated to by a bunch know-it-all suburban meddlers. Besides isn’t voting in city that is not the one you live in a crime?
Harp’s internal polling must have her scared if she’s resorting to this sort of nonsense this late in the game.
You don’t hear firefighters defending Elicker because the NHFD will only endorse and support the candidate from whom they can extract the most promises and the best deal. It’s natural. They endorsed Harp becasue she will have their best interest. We have great firefighters. I don’t blame them for wanting the best deal for themselves.
But the endorsement comes so late to a struggling candidate you have to wonder…
Elicker, on the other hand, will have only the interests of New Haven residents to answer to. Which probably doesn’t include a lot of the guys in that photo since so many firefighters live outside New Haven.
I look forward to Razzie Et. Al reminding Sen. Harp not be to a bully.
DRAD, no, it is not a crime. The fact that New Haven Democratic Town Committee heads and other politicians have “second homes” in Branford (i.e., they live in Branford year-round, but list their residence at a condo somewhere in New Haven so that they can live in the suburbs but run the city using enormous contributions from contractors) is well known among residents who have been here for a while.
It’s unfortunate that none of the media outlets in New Haven have covered the story of exactly who is financing each campaign in any objective detail—other than pointing out that Elicker has more donations from New Haven residents than all three other campaigns combined by a wide margin.