A letter from Danbury...
Time: 4:51 PM
Boughton speaks on Eriquez (and I guess pigs do fly every once and a while)
Time: 12:50 PM
Mark the date down and make sure that you're sitting when you read this because what I'm about to say doesn't happen a lot...I actually agree with Mayor Mark Boughton on something (well, I agree with him for the most part).
Recently on the I-95 Ethan and Lou morning show, Mayor Boughton commented on the current allegations surrounding former Mayor Gene Eriquez.
You have to agree with Mark on this one. No one wants to see situations like this, but unfortunately we hear about them all the time. What struck me about his answers was the part about Eriquez stepping aside from his duties with the Democratic party. Not stepping down, but aside. You would think what is best for the Democratic party, at this time, is for him to step down. Who am I to say? I do echo the sentiments of Mayor Mark, though. Our thoughts right now are with Mrs. Eriquez.Although I do not support Boughton's notion that, "after he's paid his debt to society he can get sober and healthy" because getting treatment and help should be paramount and should go hand in hand with Eriquez paying his debt to society, for the most part, the current mayor struck the right tone with his commentary...and everyone's thoughts should be with Mrs. Eriquez at this time.
Now I'll return you to my regular programming of criticizing Boughton over a wide range of issues :-)
VIDEO: Eriquez temporarily steps down as Danbury DTC chairman
Time: 1:44 PM
From last night, here's video footage former Danbury Mayor Gene Eriquez temporarily stepping down as chairman of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee.
UPDATE Text of Eriquez's remarks:
With the underlying events of this past weekend, the issues at hand are ones I am taking very seriously. I have taken steps to address my personal issues and will act accordingly. No one is perfect and every marriage of relationship has its ups and downs. While this event has clearly presented a challenge in our lives, I am committed to weathering this storm and to work with my family on our relationship. I ask for your consideration and compassion, for while I have chosen to often live a public life, my family has not. Although some statements and allegations printed are not accurate, on the advice of counsel and for the sake of my family, I will not comment at this time. Temporarily, I will step aside as I focus on my personal and family issues. Our vice chair will conduct the business of this evening.
Ryser, NewsTimes 05.18.16:
Gene Eriquez stepped aside Wednesday night as the leader of the city’s Democratic Party to focus on personal and legal problems surrounding the domestic violence charge against him.
“The issues at hand are ones that I am taking very seriously,” the 63-year-old former mayor told 50 people at Democratic Town Committee headquarters on Main Street.
“I have taken steps to address my personal issues and will act accordingly,” Eriquez read from a prepared statement. “Temporarily, I will step aside as I focus on my personal and family issues.”
His statement drew a short applause from Democratic Town Committee members and people in the audience — a reflection of the support he enjoys, tempered with concern for the seriousness of the charge.
Eriquez then left the building, declining to say anything more.
While there was nothing contrite or emotional about Eriquez’s written statement, he did pause to collect his composure after he read “Every marriage or relationship has its ups and downs.”
He then repeated what his lawyer told the judge in court on Monday about wanting to reconcile with his wife.
“While this event has clearly presented a challenge in our lives, I am committed to weathering this storm, and to work with my family on our relationship,” Eriquez read.
Eriquez is accused of punching his wife in the face after an argument escalated into a fight, the police report said. He is accused of kicking the victim in the back, striking her with a kitchen bowl, slapping the side of her head, pushing her down the hallway, and tripping her on steps, police said.
Once during the struggle, he chased his wife down and threw her cell phone to prevent her from calling 911, police said. The victim was later able to lock herself in a bedroom and call for help, according to the report.
In addition to the assault charge, Eriquez was charged with interfering with an emergency call and disorderly conduct — both misdemeanors.
He was too drunk to give a statement at the scene, according to police.
Eriquez’s statement hinted that he had not yet told his side of the story, although it did not elaborate.
“Although some statements and allegations printed are not accurate, on the advice of counsel, and for the sake of my family, I will not comment at this time,” he read.
Time: 11:58 PM
UPDATE 05/19/16: AHHH! Found the problem that is making my site look wacky on some mobile devices...have to run some tests and do some serious tweaking to this 10 year old web code...hang in there folks! :-)
Speaking truth to shame
Time: 1:36 PM
The UN-enablers of Danbury speak out against a man who should had resigned as Chairman of the Democratic Town Committee the moment he sobered up after his alleged brutal night of alcohol-induced rage against his wife and mother of his children.
According to an incident report, police were called to the Eriquez home shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday. Eriquez had come home drunk, the report said, and he and his wife began arguing over money.
When his wife tried to call police, Eriquez chased her down, grabbed her cell phone and threw it down the hallway, the report said. She was eventually able to retrieve the phone, lock herself in a bedroom and call 911, police said.
The victim told police her face felt sore where she had been punched and both her arms felt bruised. The arresting officer noted that she had a red mark and swelling on her nose and forehead, but she told police she did not want medical attention and declined to speak with a domestic violence advocate.
Eriquez was too drunk to give a statement, according to the police report. He was escorted by police to a relative’s home in the city and told not to return to his home or have contact with his wife.
“I think he should step down as party chairman and focus on his personal life. I think he should focus on getting the help he needs.” -State Rep. David Arconti
“I want to be very clear that domestic violence is simply unacceptable, no matter who is involved,” Saadi said. “If the allegations are true, then Mr. Enriquez should tender his resignation as chairman of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee.” - City Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi.
“Domestic violence is terrible and we are all against any domestic violence,” he said. “If the allegations are true, we are going to recommend that the chairman does resign.” -City Councilman Benjamin Chianese.
“I feel horrible for his wife. There’s no tolerance for domestic violence.” -former City Clerk Lori Kaback.Developing...
Maxwell ends bid for Congress
Time: 9:07 AM
Well, that didn't last long...
Matt Maxwell of Newtown is ending his bid for the Republican nomination in the 5th Congressional District.
"I will remain active in Connecticut politics working to grow the party in the cities," Maxwell wrote in an email to supporters Thursday. "I am sure, I will be knocking at your door again in support of our party's local, state and federal candidates."
Maxwell, who purchaes and rehabilitates homes, was among a handful of candidates looking to challenge U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty in November. He said he'd be supporting Clay Cope, the first selectman in Sherman.
Maxwell had raised $4,462 in the first quarter of 2016, and lent his campaign $10,000. Other candidates seeking the party's nomination are Bill Stevens of Newtown and John Pistone of Brookfield.
Republicans will pick candidates for the five House districts and a challenger to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal at their convention on Monday.
Bethel and Danbury polling locations selected for audit
Time: 1:23 PM
Today, the Secretary of State office announced that Bethel's Bethel Municipal Center Districts 1 & 4 and Danbury's Sixth Ward polling locations have been randomly selected to have their Presidential primary voting results audited.PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SOTS OFFICE:
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill randomly selected voting precincts to have election results audited following the April 26 presidential preference primary. Ten percent of the polling places that use optical scan machines are subject to the audit, as prescribed by Connecticut General Statutes 9-320f. Those hand counted ballots will be matched against vote totals from optical scan machines.FULL LISTING:
Secretary Merrill said, “There is no acceptable margin for error in an election or primary. The public can be guaranteed that officials are taking every possible step to ensure the integrity of the vote and promote confidence in the process. We have trust in the machines and the results. However, we also require that these results be verified.”
There were 723 polling places that used optical scan machines on April 26 so the Secretary of the State chose 73 primary and 10 alternate locations.
The results of audits will be analyzed by the University of Connecticut, the Secretary of the State’s office and the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and then be made available to the public. The audit can start no earlier than May 11th and will be complete by June 3.
Connecticut boasts one of the strictest audit statutes in the country and was the first state in New England to require a comprehensive audit of primary results.
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