To the Editor:
I met Senator Linares 4 years ago shortly after he decided to run for his first term to the State Senate. My first thought was, “He’s too young,” but then he spoke of his family’s immigrant history, his ideas for Connecticut and I was sold. In his first two terms, he has shown leadership beyond his years.
The debate between Senator Linares and Essex First Selectman Norm Needleman held October 17 revealed a stark contrast. Mr. Needleman’s understanding of the issues facing the state appeared thin and he had no solutions beyond the failed efforts of the democratic leadership of our state. In contrast, Senator Linares revealed a deep understanding of the issues and described efforts he has made and will continue to make to fix those problems. Mr. Needleman not only supported Mr. Malloy and his tax increases, but donated to his campaigns and was amenable to further tax increases. Notably, Mr. Needleman did not dispute that the Democratic Party has hired and is paying a handsome salary to a campaign manager for Mr. Needleman. We can’t know what Mr. Needleman promised the Senate Democratic Leadership, but we should all be concerned.
Senator Linares stood up against Mr. Malloy’s tax increases and supports a plan to grow the economy, jobs and reduce taxes titled, “A Confident Future,” which was unveiled by the GOP Senate Leadership on September 15. A copy of the plan can be found at http://ctsenaterepublicans.
Editor’s Note: The author is a member of the Chester RTC.