Saturday, October 25, 2008

House goes negative

Up until this point in the (legislative, anyway) campaigns, the blizzard of oversized glossy cards being mailed to homes by the candidates have extolled, in somewhat superficial, graphics-heavy fashion, the virtues of the candidate doing the mailing.
Late last week, however, Art House, a Democrat running for the open District 8 state Senate seat, sent out a mailer attacking his opponent, Republican state Rep. Kevin Witkos, on the issue of abortion.
On one side of the flier is a picture of a woman apparently pondering "deep, personal decisions," as the flier makes reference to.
On the other side, there is a split screen ... Art House, his wife and two daughters on one side, smiling on a white background, and then Kevin Witkos, in a black and white photo, against an ominous black background.
It says, "Kevin Witkos: Wrong on Choice. Wrong for Us," in big letters and claims that Witkos "doesn't support the right to safe and legal abortions," without elaborating on the specifics of his position.

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Anonymous Chris Jenkins said...

Wasn't Witkos endorsed by the Family Institute, an organization that openly admits to being anti-choice?

Also, my wife's Catholic and attends church regularly and I believe I saw a questionnaire produced by the Catholic Conference that indicates Kevin's position on this issue.

Come on guys, I like what you've done with the paper recently, but this is just silly.

October 25, 2008 at 3:45 PM 
Blogger Register Citizen Staff said...

We're not saying Witkos doesn't have those views, or implying that we or anyone else thinks House is wrong to raise it, just reporting on what different candidates are making an issue of.
Thanks for sharing that information.

October 25, 2008 at 4:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vague accusations but no mention of specific votes or his record, way to go House...after Nov. 4th you'll have more time to spend with your family!

October 25, 2008 at 6:56 PM 
Anonymous Chris Jenkins said...

Anon 6:56 -

I think I gave specific references to his [Witkos'] record, but let's not let facts get in the way of blind ideology.

Also, I'm pretty sure Witkos voted against the morning after pill bill a few years ago.

October 25, 2008 at 10:46 PM 
Blogger Register Citizen Staff said...

We looked it up...

Witkos voted No on SB 1343 May 2, 2007, "Emergency Contraception for Rape Victims." He was one of 36 members of the House to vote No. It passed 113-36.

October 25, 2008 at 10:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

House is a blowhard, did anyone see him at the debate at St. Peters? Every other sentence started with "well when I worked here...." Witkos has been a policeman for years, hes respected by his colleagues in Hartford as someone who understands public safety very well.

October 26, 2008 at 10:10 AM 
Anonymous Hillside Ave said...

Are you serious? That's the response? I happen to think it's nice to have a candidate running who has a diverse background. House worked on the National Security Council and his father was a judge (and a pretty important and well-respected one, if I recall), I think he knows how to keep us safe.

How about building downtown revitilization and affordable housing. Why is it that House is the only person talking about these issues?! Torrington needs a visable and aggressive Senator to compliment Roraback, not a Herlihy-redux.

October 26, 2008 at 12:52 PM 

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