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[POLL] Trumbull's Ciocci: 'This election is not just about economics'

Town Council Majority Leader Chadwick Ciocci accepted the nomination by republicans from Monroe, Trumbull and Bridgeport for the 22nd state Senate district.

In Connecticut, facts no longer matter, according to Chadwick Ciocci, the GOP candidate picked Monday to run against Democrat Anthony Musto.

He cited confused financial assessments, high taxes and a negative business climate, among the state's problems.

He quoted Abraham Lincoln, who said, "If a man can convince you that 2 plus 2 equals anything but 4, then you can't possibly win the argument because facts don't matter."

"I'm running because I envision a Connecticut where everyone who wants a job has a job, where our elected officials don't just treat your taxpayer dollars like it was their own money," he told supporters at the Monday night. The district includes Trumbull, Monroe and Bridgeport.

"This election is about jobs, out-of-control spending, deficits, regulation and thelargest retroactive income tax increase in our state's history," Ciocci said.

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He recalled a story in which a Rhode Island moving company owner tried to open a branch in Connecticut but was rejected after two other companies opposed him and admitted "they were simply protecting their self-interest."

Ciocci also called for electing the Siting Council, which reviews cell tower applications. It recently approved a new cell tower for the Police Station to the opposition of neighbors. Police Chief Tom Kiely had asked for one to improve radio and communications. 

However, the council did reduce the height of the tower from the original proposal. Construction has not begun yet.

The majority leader proposed allowing students who are able to complete high school in three years to split the cost of their education with the town. He also called for reviewing funded and unfunded mandates, improving public transportation and repealing Gov. Dannel Malloy's tax plan.

Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst and Town Councilwoman Kristy Waizenneger both praised Ciocci.

"This election is of critical importance," Herbst said, adding that Ciocci will "place the people's interest ahead of special interests."

The district needs a candidate who will "take a stand, not just a seat" and fight.

"It's time to retire the rubberstamper we currently have," he said, referring to Musto.

Musto voted for Malloy's tax increase, and has not "positively impacted" his constituents, the first selectman said. Further, he added that Ciocci fought hard to get onto the Town Council in a democratic district, maintained the seat and became majority leader chairman of the Council's Education Committee.

"I would put Chadwick Ciocci's record up against Anthony Musto's any day of the week," Herbst said.

Waizenegger also praised Ciocci.

"I was immediately impressed with his understanding of government," she said. "We're overtaxed and over-regulated. We need a leader in Hartford and I believe Chadwick Ciocci is that leader."

He has taken some unpopular but "right" positions, and has bold ideas and real solutions, she added.

Ciocci, a realtor who studied philosophy in college, is known for his opposition to grants and often quotes philosophy in meetings. He was elected to the Council as a senior.

His opponent, Musto, is a local tax attorney.

Anthony Musto May 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I would also point out that your comments regarding welfare are simply misplaced in this discussion. We can discuss social issues, but this discussion is about State support of municipalities – not welfare, which is sent to individuals. I also suggest that your focus on Bridgeport is misplaced. If you travel outside of Fairfield County you’ll find many pockets of poverty, both urban and rural, and if you look around Trumbull you’ll find many of your neighbors with housing, drug, family, employment, or other problems. Bridgeport isn’t the only place with social problems and its residents are not the only ones that receive government help. We are relatively sheltered here in lower CT, and the rest of the state is not doing as well. Those who lost jobs and have been unemployed for so long that they don’t have unemployment benefits anymore are eligible for welfare – and some of our neighbors in Trumbull are in that position – not because they don’t want to work but because they can’t find work. Yes, there are those who take advantage of the rest of us and abuse state services, but the vast majority of state assistance comes in the form of job training, health care, child care, education, etc. – not welfare payments. Anthony Musto
dave wilsoon May 24, 2012 at 05:53 PM
What would WELFARE CITY be without the courts, hospitals, prisons, etc? How about empty. No developer with a brain will come here. The socialist liberals would lead you to believe it would be nirvana. The reality is while every major port city on the east coast has positively developed, WELFARE CITY looks like Beirut- thanks to the Democrat mayors and reps, including the current bunch of liberals. The implication that anyone is better than anybody else is psycho babble and a patent lie. Work breeds success- for all. State and federal handouts have created WELFARE CITY. While other cities flourish, WELFARE CITY corruption rules. Call it defaming if you wish, I call it the truth.
Anthony Musto May 24, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Dave wilsoon - obviously I disagree. I think you have strayed from the issue of State assistance to cities and towns. I would suggest that your comments regarding federal policy and municipal corruption have little or no relevance to the issues facing the voters in the 22nd State Senate district - that is, what do you believe a state senator from Connecticut should do about federal welfare rules? But I would reiterate Tom Kelly's suggestion - Mr. Ciocci should appear on this board and comment on this issue. I am sure others would like to know his position on state aid to municipalities and whether referring to Bridgeport as "WELFARE CITY" is helpful to this debate in anyway. I usually do not find that name-calling, characterizations and generalizations are helpful to a serious discussion of important issues. Anthony Musto
Tom Kelly May 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Dave Wilsoon, your comments are becoming more condescending and snobbish. I will dismiss your comment about Bridgeport resembling Beirut as an elitist and ignorant statement. I go into Bridgeport all the time, and if you haven't had a meal at Testo's Restaurant recently, you should. Going to watch the Bluefish at Harbor Yard is a whole lot of fun and it's a great minor league ballpark. The arena next door does not have a bad seat in the house. The Sound Tigers are fun to watch, and the Fairfield Stags play there as well. There are some nice concerts and other events hosted there as well, and I particularly enjoyed Andre Rieu and the Olympic Stars on Ice there over the past few years. My wife and I regularly attend the Greater Bridgeport Symphony at the beautiful Klein Memorial Auditorium, and if you haven't been the Beardsley Park Zoo recently, you are missing out. Bridgeport is an urban city, and as our State Senator says, it has some problems that are consistent with poverty and urban centers. However, there is a lot of great stuff happening in Bridgeport. We enjoy taking the Port Jefferson Ferry to Long Island, Captain's Cove remains a great time, and there are lots of events happening in Black Rock. The University of Bridgeport has made a nice comeback, and Housatonic Community-Technical College is bursting at the seams and has a beautiful, new facility. The ironic part of your snobbery is some elitists in Greenwich and Darien talk like that about Trumbull....
dave wilsoon May 25, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Harboryard Park and Arena were subsidized and built with state tax dollars. Beardsley Zoo sold by WELFARE CITY to the state because we couldn't pay the freight to run it. HCC built and expanded with State tax dollars. Captains Cove , Testos and ferry private and established many moons ago. Tell me what private commerce or industry local government officials. including Antony, have spearheaded the last 30 years? Corporate headquarters like Stamford or Shelton? Retail like Milford or Stratford or Norwalk? Nope , these folks skipped right by us. Don't count projects paid for with handouts from other hardworking taxpayers in other CT towns, but WELFARE CITY citizens. Elitist or reality? For the record I do not support Choci or Antony. Both are proven incompetents.

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