The state’s defense industry may have suffered a setback Thursday, but the Republican Party might have gained a strong challenger to 5th District incumbent, Democrat Congressman Chris Murphy.
When Farmington resident Justin Bernier resigned as executive director of the state’s Office of Military Affairs, Connecticut’s defense industry and infrastructure lost a military-friendly advocate. In his resignation letter, Bernier did not reveal why he was resigning a post created in 2007 by the state legislature.
However, Bernier talked to The Herald Friday about his resignation. He is considering a run against Murphy in the 5th District and wants to begin building support for his campaign.
“I’ve been meeting with [Republican] party leaders across the state about running,” he said. “I should have a decision in the not-too-distant future. So far, the feedback has been positive.”
Hmm...looking at Bernier's background, it seems like he's better suited for the 2nd district race as opposed to the 5th. Genghis has more...
On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.