Eclipse over Danbury
Time: 9:31 AM
Still keeping you informed about news in Danbury...
Time: 9:49 AM
...while documenting and highlighting misinformation/distortions in the Greater Danbury area since 2005...more later...
The image tells the story...
Time: 2:49 PM
Danbury Democrats nominate candidate for third ward council seat...who does not live in the third ward
Time: 11:21 AM
The gross incompetence of the Democratic Town Committee's leadership strikes...AGAIN.
Last Monday, former mayor and disgraced town committee chairman Gene Eriquez continued his on-going con job on the public when he announced his "full slate" of qualified candidates for the upcoming municipal election. Unfortunately, like most of the Eriquez's statements during his term as party chair, his claim that his slate is "full" and qualified is a bit of a stretch.
Since there are SOOOOOO many questions regarding Eriquez's "full slate" of candidates, I'll take on the easiest example of the chairman's questionable judgment first and save the rest for future posts.
Last week, Danbury Democrats nominated political novice Jessica Ellul (pictured to the right) to run for the position of City Council in the Third Ward.
There's one simple problem which any chairperson prior to Eriquez would had caught in a nanosecond...Eriquez's choicefor the city council's seat in the third ward DOES NOT LIVE IN THE THIRD WARD.
According to the Certification of Party Endorsement form submitted to City Hall, Ellul listed her address as 84 Great Plains Road...
According to the City of Danbury Street listings record, available online at the City of Danbury Registrar of Voters website, 84 Great Plains Road is located in the second ward.
Pictured below to the left is Ellul location at 84 Great Plains Road (to the right) and the City of Danbury's street listing/ward locator map (to the left). The red line in the image to the right is the border between ward two (left) and ward three (right).
Ellul's house is located to the left of Great Plains Road...which is in ward two.
The fact that Ellul is not qualified to run for office in the third ward is not her fault but the fault of the party chairman Eriquez, vice chairman Ken Gucker, and members of the committee who were in charge of the vetting process.
A simple address verification procedure (which was common practice among DTC chairperson in prior election cycles) would had picked up the discrepancy in a matter of seconds...but again, this is the "new and improved" town committee whose leadership would have you believe that the sun is shining in the middle of the night.
VIDEO: Al Almeida mayoral nomination acceptance speech
Time: 10:45 AM
From last night's Danbury Democratic Town Committee convention, here's video of Al Almeida's mayoral nomination acceptance speech.
Had enough of Eriquez yet?
Time: 10:09 AM
More to come...
Almeida tops Boughton in individual contributions for 2Q; Boughton leads in overall fundraising
Time: 3:26 PM
UPDATE: 07.20.17: You can view and download Mark Boughton and Al Almeida's campaign finance reports below...
It's my favorite time of the election cycle...campaign finance report time!
Longtime followers of my postings know that I love analyzing finance reports as the filings provide the public an overall view of a candidate's viability.
Last week, I obtained the second quarter finance statements for Mayor Mark Boughton and his opponent Al Almeida and both reports offer good and not so good news for both candidates.
In terms of good news for Almeida and not so good news for Boughton, the Democratic challenger as able to do something that is rather rare...outraise the incumbent mayor in individual contributions.
Almeida ended the financial period with 7075.00 in individual contributions while Boughton raked in 6,000 dollars in individual contributions for the same time period. As someone who has followed races for mayor since 2005, I cannot recall a time when Boughton was outraised by his opponent in individual contributions at this time in the election cycle.
That's not to say that Boughton had a bad quarter with the incumbent raising 5500 from committees (PAC) for an overall quarter haul of 12250.00 to Almeida's 7575.00 with 500.00 dollars coming from a committee. The problem for Boughton is that by being out-raised by his opponent, the mayor gave Almeida an opening to claim that his campaign should be taken seriously while claiming that Boughton is more interested in becoming the state's next governor.
In terms of good news for Boughton and not so good news for Almeida is that the mayor has a sizable advantage over his opponent with Boughton showing 23756.17 cash on hand and only spending 872.31 at the end of the quarter. In comparison, Almeida shows 6331.55 cash on hand and 1243.45 in expenses for food at his fundraiser at the Portuguese Center.
For Boughton, as the clear favorite, his quarterly report might be irrelevant come Election Day as the mayor has won re-election by a sizable advantage since his first run for re-election in 2003...but in losing the individual contribution numbers to Almeida, he gave his opponent an opening to tout his candidacy.
For Almeida, as the challenger, he has to be mindful with his spending as every penny counts against a politician who is in his eighth term in office...and spending over one thousand dollars for food at a fundraiser is a big no-no...it will be interesting to see if Almeida can keep up the pace for the next period as the campaign season picks up steam.
I'll update this post with more campaign finance report details later today along with a downloadable copy of the reports for your personal viewing.
When will Danbury Democrats say enough is enough?
Time: 11:27 AM
"Danbury’s Democrats have fallen on hard times and will continue to have troubles mounting credible municipal campaigns as long as Gene Eriquez continues to serve as head of the local Democratic party."
-Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Reenie: Daily Ructions
With the Danbury Democratic Town Committee in complete disarray, it's time for enablers of town chairman to admit that the Gene Eriquez experiment has failed miserably...which everyone who lived outside the bubble predicted would happen.
It's simple...for the good of the Democratic Party is Danbury, Eriquez needs to resign...and he needs resign now regardless of his latest round of excuses for his recent string of incexcusible decisions as the party's chairman.
Feedback from latest ICE activity in Danbury...
Time: 8:09 AM
Two men were taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Monday, sending shock waves through an already anxious immigrant community.
In one case, Danbury Police were called to a Franklin Street apartment building around 11:30 a.m. Monday and assisted ICE in transporting a man to Danbury Police headquarters. The detained man was then transferred to an immigration vehicle and taken to an unknown location, police said.
Later in the day, ICE agents handcuffed a second man as he lay on the ground in front of the Old Oak Restaurant on Liberty Street. Danbury Police said they had no involvement in that detainment, which a passerby captured on video
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM Immigration and Customs Enforcement:
“On March 27, ICE Deportation Officers in Hartford, Connecticut, arrested Julio Virgilio Paida-Morquencho, 22, a citizen of Ecuador. Paida-Morquencho was considered an ICE fugitive at the time of his arrest for failing to voluntarily leave the United States as ordered by a federal immigration judge in 2013. He will remain in ICE custody pending removal from the United States.”Press release from the Danbury Area Justice Network:
-Shawn Neudauer, ICE spokesman, New England
An ICE official also shared that the agency routinely reaches out to local prosecutors when aliens in ICE custody also have pending local criminal charges. Ultimately, it is up to local prosecutors to determine next steps in the criminal case.
Danbury Residents React to ICE Raid in Danbury, call for Danbury to be a Welcoming Community While there is fear in our community, we will continue organizing
Danbury, CT, March 28th- Yesterday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) descended on Danbury and apprehended, in broad daylight, in the middle of a busy street, a local Danbury resident.
The arrest was caught on video and circulated widely on social media. In response, Danbury Police Department stated that the Danbury PD had no involvement in this incident. Shortly after, photographs surfaced which clearly depict Danbury Police Officers and squad cars accompanying ICE agents on operations.
Angelica Idrovo, CT Students for a Dream, Community Organizer, “Around the country, we have seen stepped up enforcement and raids. We have seen mass deportation threats turn into reality. This issue is now on our doorstep and we must, as a city, address it. When operations such as the one yesterday happen, it heightens the fear and anxiety in our community. Parents are afraid to send their kids to school. Kids are afraid to come home and find their parents gone. That is why we are calling from clear answers from the City of Danbury regarding the extent of Danbury's corporation with ICE. Our city officials have a responsibility to stop misinformation and ensure that all our residents are able to live a life with dignity and a life without fear. While ICE continues to terrorize our communities and while there is fear and anxiety in our community, we will continue organizing to protect and educate our families and our neighbors. We want politicians and all people to know that we are #HereToStay and organized to fight back.”
Al Almeida throws hat into mayoral race
Time: 11:20 PM
From yesterday, here's video footage of Al Almeida's mayoral campaign announcement.
I'm feeling a little under the weather so I'll post my first impressions of Almeida's campaign soon.
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