Sunday, October 26, 2008

Larson not afraid to embrace earmarks

Speaking before the Torrington Rotary Club last week, Congressman John Larson, a Democrat from East Hartford who represents Connecticut's 1st District, which includes part of Torrington, said he wasn't afraid or ashamed to say that he likes "earmarks" and will continue to fight for "good ones" for the district.
He cited a multi-million grant he obtained for the Fuel Cell company, which is based in Danbury and has a manufacturing plant in Torrington.
Earmarks have been blasted in this election cycle by Sen. John McCain in his presidential bid, as well as numerous other politicians.
In fact, David Cappiello, a Republican state senator from Danbury challenging Congressman Chris Murphy in the 5th District, had used the Torrington Rotary Club just a week before to blast earmarks, going as far as to say that he would oppose an earmark for the Warner Theatre in Torrington if he had to, in order to clamp down on wasteful federal spending.
Below, a press release Larson sent out yesterday celebrating more earmark "success."


Congressman Larson and Department of Public Health Announce $8 Million in Federal Funds
to Support State’s Mobile Field Hospital Mobile Field Hospital to be developed into New England Disaster Training Center and model for civilian mobile hospital response

To: News Directors/Reporters

W hat : The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) and U.S. Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) will announce over $8 million in federal funds for the development of a national training center at Connecticut’s Ottilie W. Lundgren Memorial Field Hospital.

W here : Brainard Airport, Hanger
269 Maxim Road in Hartford, CT

W hen : Monday, October 27, 2008 at 10:30 AM

W ho :
· U.S. Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01)
· Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin
· Leonard Guercia, Jr., Chief, Operations Branch, Department of Public Health


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larson who?? Tell me the last time he was in Torrington before speaking to the Rotary to make sure they are supporting him for another two years of no show representation to Torrington.

Not that the choice on the Republican side is much better, we should deserve more out of our 1st District Congressman.

October 27, 2008 at 2:23 PM 

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