Former Senator Chris Dodd made a visit to the Windsor Senior Center Tuesday in support of fellow Democrat Leo Canty, who is running for a seat in the state general assembly to represent the 5th District.
"The 5th District would be very lucky to have Leo represent them," Dodd said. "What you want is a quality candidate who will listen to everyone... You couldn't have a better advocate than Leo Canty."
As the two made their way inside to speak with Canty's constituents, some of Dodd's familiar topics came up for discussion: health care and the Dodd-Frank Bill, but Dodd made sure to discuss his support for Canty.
"I am here tonight because of my admiration and affection for Leo," he said, stressing that voting for a candidate is not all about issues. "When you walk into that voting booth," he said, "you ask yourself what kind of person do I want to vote for?"
Dodd spent time discussing advances he feels have been made with health care reform and told the those listening that there will need to be supporters of these changes "at every level."
"These problems are not going to be solved overnight," he told Canty supporters. "To fight we are going to need advocate at every level."
He also spoke about the GOP and what he calls "demeaning" campaigning.
"I don't agree with the opposition," he said, "but I admire the fact that they are willing to stand up."
Canty was able to share his opinion about health care, too.
"For-profit health care scares me," said Canty. "Fact-of-the-matter is, for me, I am not a big fan at all of for-profit health care."
"More and more people are losing access to (health) care," Canty added, referring to healthcare as one of the "nuts and bolts democratic issues."
Canty said he thinks that as a labor union representative for the past 35 years he has seen the issues people care about close-up, and now he wants the ability to make real change.
The includes a portion of Windsor and Hartford. There are two other Democrats running for this General Assembly position, including Hartford's Brandon McGee and Windsor Mayor Don Trinks. The Republican candidate is Paul Panos,