Staneski opposes special interest endorsements
Pam Staneski candidate for State Rep. in the 119th Assembly District (Milford and Orange) came out this week against any special interest endorsements.
Every election season special interest groups send out surveys for their possible endorsement, from labor organizations to business groups, she said in a prepared statement.
"Whether these special interest endorsements, as well intentioned as they may be, help define the candidate and campaign, are in the eye of the beholder or in most cases the fine print. The job of a state legislator is not to work for the benefit of special interest groups — the job of a state legislator is to work for the people of her district. That's exactly what I intend to do if elected to the State Legislature," said Staneski.
Endorsements come in all shapes and sizes. Some are a result of lengthy questionnaires and some are the result of closed-door discussions.
“But the fine print is that endorsements come in exchange for, or the promise of, the enactment of favorable laws, contractual concessions and budget funding for a particular interest group. Given the current financial troubles facing Connecticut; that is a tacit promise I am unwilling to make. I prefer instead to ask for the endorsement of the residents of Milford and Orange.”