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News-Times editorial gets it wrong on McLachlan

Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Time: 10:44 AM

Did Brian Koonz actually read the Jason Page article before writing his editorial?

News-Times editorial 06.07.11:
We are disturbed, though, by older, recently disclosed allegations from Jason Page, who in 2002 worked as a communications director for the city of Danbury under Mayor Mark Boughton and Boughton's then chief of staff, Michael McLachlan.

Page claims both men scolded him for not telling them he was gay before Page was hired by the city.

This week, McLachlan, now a state senator, called that allegation "absurd."

That's NOT what McLachlan said...here's what he actually said.

News Times 06.07.11:
He added that when McLachlan discovered Page was speaking with gay-straight alliance groups at area high schools, he told the communications director, "I might go home every night and beat my wife, but I don't come into work and talk about it."

"I remember it as clear as day," Page said. "I should have gone to Mark (Boughton) at that point and told him what he said, but I knew they were tight.

"I was called a fag in the locker room at Yale Field when I was covering the New Haven Ravens and that didn't bother me as much as what McLachlan said. I will remember that 'til the day I die."

McLachlan, when asked about the comments Monday, called them "absolutely absurd. I have friends who are gay."

The state lawmaker, who resigned from his post in the mayor's office after winning election to the state Legislature in 2008, said the incident was a long time ago and he didn't recall the meeting Page alleges took place.

He declined further comment.

Hartford Courant 06.05.11:
In 2002, he shelved his stage name and used his given name, Jason Gontarek, as the director of communications for Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

Current state Sen. Mike McLachlan, R-Danbury, was Boughton's chief of staff.

"So I uprooted from East Haven, moved to Danbury, bought a condo and two months into the job, my partner at the time, Oscar, made a really nice special piece of artwork for me and he wrote a message on the back," Page said. "It was something to the effect of, 'Love, Oscar.'

"One day the mayor's wife came in and looked at the back of the frame that was on my wall. It was a Friday. The following Monday they bring me in, the chief of staff, Mike McLachlan, and the mayor bring me in and proceed to essentially rip me a new one because I didn't tell them before I was hired that I was gay and they were like, 'We should never be finding out this way, what if we found out through the press? You should have told us before we hired you. …'

"From that day until the day I left McLachlan was cold to me."


McLachlan issued a "no comment" through his office for this story.

McLachlan said that the wife-bearing comment was absurd and issued a NO COMMENT regarding Page's allegations regarding comment made at the alleged 2002 meeting...in fact, McLachlan said that he "couldn't recall" whether or not the meeting took place. No where in the News-Times piece or the article from the Hartford Courant did McLachlan state that the alleged comments made during the meeting between himself, Boughton, and Page were "absurd"...instead McLachlan (and Boughton) claimed long term memory loss.


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