Middletown mayor apologizes for letter seeking contributions

(WTNH / Tim Clune)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) —In a letter dated September 13, 2017,  Middletown Mayor and democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Drew asks city employees to make a contribution to his campaign.

The letter read in part:

“I want to do for Connecticut what we’ve accomplished together for Middletown,” and goes on to say, “That’s why I decided to run for governor, and why I would be honored if you would make a $100 contribution to my campaign.”

Sebastian Giuliano – (R) and Deborah Kleckowski – (R) both sit on the Common Council in Middletown. Both say they were contacted by multiple city employees concerned about the solicitation.

“You know, if people are gonna give you money under those circumstances they kind of feel pressured to do it and they might write you the check but what do you think they’re saying to their families and friends? It’s not good. It’s not positive,” said Giuliano.

“City employees were upset. They felt like they had to give and most importantly the police officers addresses and firefighters addresses were released with them,” said Kleckowski.

State laws call for suppression of residential addresses for certain public service employees.

This afternoon Drew apologized to the public and his employees for his actions, saying it won’t happen again.

“I believe that when you make an error and we all make errors, we’re all human, it’s important to recognize it, to admit it, to figure out what to do to fix it and then to move forward,” said Drew.

In a letter sent to city employees and posted on his Facebook page yesterday Drew wrote, “I had requested a list from HR. It was used to make mailing labels and then was destroyed. The information was not retained in any database. It was an error in judgement and I apologize.”

Connecticut Rrepublican Party Chairman JR Romano says they are looking into filing an official complaint with the election enforcement citing abuse of power. Romano saying, quote, “The list that he used for personal and political benefit is the list that only he as mayor could have obtained.”

“I don’t believe that we’ve broken the law. I believe that we exercised bad judgement and there’s a difference,” said Drew.

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