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Chris Dodd Pays Visit In Support of Windsor's Canty

Democrat Leo Canty is running for the state's fifth district general assembly seat.

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,

Albert Williams July 24, 2012 at 11:19 AM
I wonder if Dodd had any mortgage advice to give? What a group.
Al Simon July 24, 2012 at 01:52 PM
What a great event! 80 people, and one of the most effective Senators ever.
Aaron Jubrey July 24, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Democrat voters, Mr Dodd has no idea what he is talking about. If you want a candidate who will listen to you, vote for Mayor Trinks. He isn't a partisan politician who "dreams of raising taxes more", unlike Leo Canty. The mayor is always willing to listen to dissenting views and always makes time to lend an ear to the citizens. He is respectful, honorable, and has served Windsor well for over a decade. He is a business owner and employer who understands first hand what it takes to help keep the economy moving. The only reason he is not the endorsed candidate is because Leo Canty, as town committee chairman, hand picked the delegates who would vote for him in the caucus. Like Mr Dodd, with his VIP Countrywide mortgages obtained while responsible for oversight on countrywide, Leo Canty knows how to play the system to his advantage first and foremost. If you want a representative who will look out for you before being concerned about himself, vote for Mayor Don Trinks.
Al Simon July 25, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Councillor Jubrey- you dont see too many Republican elected offcials trying to influence a Democratic primary. As a Republican for Don Trinks, you cant vote for Don. Leo Canty represents democratic values well. He is a tireless worker who gets things done. Withouth his effort over a multi-year period, Windsor would not have this new Windsor state rep seat. That's a huge legislative accomplishment....without even being in the legislature himself.
Al Simon July 25, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Actually, our delegates were elected by our town committee, and initially, by secret ballot, the outcome of which was ratified by a town committee vote.
Win July 25, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Leo is the genuine article. He cares that everyone is entitled to affordable accessible health care. He cares that workers deserve a living wage and safe working conditions. He cares that that there be a system of taxation where everyone pays their fair share. He will fight for all that and more when he is elected.
WindsorRocks July 25, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Oh Mr. Simon you're back... no slanderous remarks against constituents?!?! what a change!
WindsorRocks July 25, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Do we get a new Mayor then? Oh no that means we get Mr. Simon... sorry this seems as fishy as the Dollar Tree. No democrat gets my vote because I would like to keep Trinks over Simon. The politics of it all. We have to be strategic to save whatever face Windsor still has.
Cheryl Curtis July 25, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I find myself increasingly fascinated and repulsed by politics. Count me among the growing number of constituents who are jaded and distrustful of the political process. At my core, however, I want to believe that there are some who value serving and helping people. I believe Leo Canty is that kind of candidate. I attended last night's event and was pleased to have my beliefs confirmed by Sen. Dodd and by Leo himself. I whole-heartily support his candidacy. 
Tim Curtis July 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM
If you talk to Leo Canty, and he has been going door to door in the fifth district to give voters the opportunity to do just that, these are the issues most important to him:  making sure that every student gets the resources necessary for a quality education; making sure that all residents receive quality and affordable health care; working on a fairer property tax structure to keep people in their homes; making sure those of us in the middle class have the opportunity  to retire on a decent pension.  These do not sound like partisan issues to me, unless Councilor Jubrey and his Republican colleagues are planning on opposing these issues in the November election.  
Albert Williams July 25, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Yes health care should be accessible to all. Entitled to it? There's that word again. How about everyone should earn health care. Taxation where everyone pays their fair share? Yes, I'd like to see the one's making $25k a year pay the same % I am and have no loop hole deductions or redistribution of wealth via earned income credit.
Albert Williams July 25, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Pick your poison man, that's all I can say. A mayor that I can't really say anything bad about, yet anything meaningful. Or good ole Al...I had a lot more written but I'm afraid he'd sue me.
Ryan July 25, 2012 at 02:09 PM
If you are advicating for nonpartisan politics then shouldn't you be advocating for a candidate without any affiliation to a party. This is Democratic party primary. I want the best democrat for the job, NOT the best republican.
WindsorRocks July 26, 2012 at 02:01 AM
LOL mr. williams you just brightened my evening and will help me roll out of bed with a smile! it's unfortunate when determining who will get your vote is based on the least negatives versus the most positives! ha
WindsorRocks July 26, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I would have to say that we also need to consider the poor, not just the middle class. I would love to read/hear more discussion from Mr. Canty about his thoughts on protecting the safety net that is in place for individuals/families from the low income bracket? What are your thoughts?
WindsorRocks July 26, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Except, maybe he advocated strongly for a position that he saw himself fulfilling. By having the seat instated he possibly saw this as an opportunity to avoid the competition and get a free ride into a Representative position.
Aaron Jubrey August 06, 2012 at 01:52 PM
No, you don't see many Republicans advocating for democrats. Which should tell you a lot about the mayor and his non-partisan practices. I know very well that I can't vote in the democratic primary. I also know very well that I can help inform the voters who can. I can remind them that Leo Canty (in his own words) "wishes we could raise taxes even higher". Connecticut has one of, if not the, highest tax burdens in the country. The democrat congress with a democrat Governor gave us the largest tax increase in the history of the state, and yet we finished the year with a roughly $120 million deficit. Yes, let's make things worse by sending a man to Hartford who will rubber stamp every tax increase that drives the businesses and residents who can no longer afford to stay, out of the state. The state population is aging, college graduates and young families are leaving, and the only way to bring jobs to this state is through bribes from the Governor, or tax abatements from local towns. Instead of admitting our way of doing things for 40 years is broken, we raise taxes on residents and use that money to bribe companies. The governor's office even has the nerve to lie in press releases about Dollar Tree and the manner in which they came to Windsor.
Aaron Jubrey August 06, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I suppose since Mr. Canty allegedly supports quality education for every student he is in favor of school choice programs right? I'm sure he wouldn't want to deny the bright students in Hartford stuck in poor schools denied the same education found in Simsbury, right? Surely a union man like Leo Canty is focused on the children, not the unions, right? A fairer property tax? If by fairer, you mean higher property taxes, then yes, Canty is working on fairer property taxes. He applauded the town council for raising property taxes, and said he wished we had raised them higher. Let's not confuse the definition of the word "fair" with the definition of the word "higher". If the democrats are worried about pensions they should start funding the state's pension liability. Which, as of 2010 had less than 45% of the money required to meet its obligations. Why after 40+ years of democrat controlled budgets, are we not meeting our liabilities? http://ctmirror.com/story/8679/state-pension-debt-hits-22-year-low But now that his talking points are out there, perhaps Mr. Canty would like to explain exactly HOW he plans to do what Mr. Curtis alleges. How will he insure that every student gets a quality education? How will he improve health care? How will guarantee pensions get paid when the entire legislature has failed miserably? How will he make property tax more fair? How will raising them even higher make them more fair? Details?

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