Monday, August 2, 2010
WHO ARE WE TO BELIEVE ?
Pictured above, New Haven Representative Juan Candelaria, Connecticut Democratic Hispanic Caucus Chairperson Tomas Reyes, 4th District Candidate Angel Morales and former Hartford Deputy Mayor Eugenio Caro on the steps of the Capitol as they announce the "unanimous" endorsement of Morales last Friday
Kelvin Roldan apparently is entering the "battle of the endorsements".
Last week it was announced that Angel Morales was chosen as the "unanimous" choice of the Connecticut Democratic Hispanic Caucus for State Representative Candidate in the 4th District.
Now today Cityline is reporting that Roldan has received key endorsements also. My first instinct is to respond "who cares?" about the endorsements. No offense to anyone, the Courant, the CDHC or anyone else who throws their support into the ring behind a candidate.
The only endorsements that matter on election day are the endorsements of the voters who cast ballots. That the Speaker of the House endorses Kelvin Roldan, or the Courant endorses Rob Simmons or the CDHC endorses Angel Morales doesn't really play into my decision making. As explained by one speaker at the press conference announcing Angel Morales endorsement last week, Angel was endorsed because he took the time and the courtesy to attend their interview session.
Kelvin Roldan did not attend or respond and that was considered a "kick in the teeth" to the Caucus according to former Hartford Deputy Mayor Eugenio Caro, a member of the Caucus, who spoke at the press conference. Even more interesting though is the question of who is actually telling the truth.
The announcement by the CDHC of the choice of Morales was called "unanimous" according to their release. A member of the Connecticut Democratic Hispanic Caucus, New Haven Representative Juan Candelaria apparently voted for Morales. Now Kelvin Roldan is also claiming Candelaria's backing.
We have Candelaria's support in writing, where is the Roldan camps announcement. As is typical of the "Row A" candidates, hopefully Roldan just "misspoke" when he made his announcement.
But if I recall correctly, Torres, Robles and Roldan all supported, and were beholding to, Hartford's former Mayor, now convicted felon, Eddie A. Perez.
So much for endorsements.