The Segarra campaign launched an advertisement tonight slamming Luke Bronin. Right now the ad is only available on social media, and since Segarra's campaign is essentially broke, I am not sure where they intend to air it. Hopefully anyone that does air it will get the cash up front to make sure they get paid Segarra recently had to loan his own campaign $19,000 to stay afloat. By looking at his filings and what he has been paying for campaign consultants, media consultants and high priced campaign staffers, that loan won't last long and new fundraising contributions seem to be few and far between accordong to the reports. The ad also seems to be less than factual.
Segarra seems to take Bronin for task for not doing enough for Hartford during his tenure in the Governor's Office. Bronin was a staffer at Governor Malloy's Office, and while no one can deny that Bronin was well respected by Malloy, he was a staffer, not a policy maker. I think that is why we elect a Mayor as well as State Reps to advocate for us at the Capitol. If Segarra needs to point a finger, maybe he should consider pointing the finger at himself if his relationships at the Capitol were and are nonexistent and he couldn't even get the State to buy into his baseball stadium.
Maybe instead of being so busy handing out jobs at City Hall to family members of a couple State Reps to gain their endorsements for his campaign, he might have considered lobbying them for things he claims Hartford needs. That is the Mayor's job, not the job of the Governor's Legal Counsel. And just as a side note, for anyone that knows Governor Malloy, he is a very demanding tough boss. If Bronin as not extremely competent in his position, he would have never lasted in the Malloy Administration. I very seriously doubt Segarra could ever say the same thing.
The ad also makes claims about one donor to Bronin''s campaign but gives no specifics except a quick flash of some text on the screen It also claims Bronin lied to voters about magnet schools causing the Hartford Federation of Teachers to rescind their endorsement of Bronin. I think the real facts were that Bronin accepted donations from two people who were openly supportive of Magnet Schools. The HFT demanded Bronin return the donations, which he didn't, so they withdrew their support. It sounds a little shady of the HFT to attempt to blackmail a candidate through their endorsement. I think it also says something abut a candidate who won't buckle to Union pressure, but instead sticks by what he believes in. Isn't that a novel idea, a politician with a backbone who can stand on his own.
The ad also makes the claim that Bronin cut aid for youth and prevention services while in the Governor's Office and he denied humanitarian aid to thousands of immigrant children. Ir sounds atrocious, but I also understand for Segarra to understand how Government works is tough, As a failed bankrupt attorney the laws and how they work probably aren't Pedro's strong point, probably even weaker than his Mayoral skills. A quick review if the Connecticut Constitution and applicable statutes seem to give very little, if any, power to the Governor's Legal Counsel to pass laws or appropriate money as Segarra's false ad seems to imply Bronin neglected to do.
We got rid of a conman in the Mayor's Office five years ago, it's time again to send this one packing also.
In the end, the announcer says to tell Bronin the people of Hartford are "smarter than that?. Yes Mr. Segarra, we are, we recognize a baseless ad when we see it and I hope you find out this week how smart the people of Hartford really are, We are not falling for your crap anymore, five years is enough.
Here is the far less than factual advertisement..