To the Editor:
I support Michael Casey for state Representative for many reasons, but one stands out above the rest. Let me explain.


Shortly after midnight on June 12, incumbent 118th state Representative Kim Rose voted in a special session to eliminate mandatory staffing requirements for the Connecticut state police - deciding to ride along with Governor Malloy's reckless disregard for public safety.
Unable to close the budget gap with new taxes, Rose and other Democrats cut public safety funding and effectively left our streets less safe.
Surely Kim Rose knew the background of the State Police mandatory staffing requirement. It dates back to 1998 when pregnant Heather Messenger was bludgeoned to death in her Chaplin, Connecticut home with the nearest state trooper 18 minutes away.
That murder was the driving force behind legislation aimed at decreasing response time by mandating the state police have a minimum of 1,248 troopers. Since then, the mandatory staffing level has stood the test of time. Until this year, that is.
So what was Representative Rose thinking when she eliminated the state police staffing requirement? Was Kim Rose thinking at all about Mrs. Messenger. Or was Kim busy calculating the “sufficient number” of troopers needed to patrol the highways; to deter crimes; to arrest dangerous criminals; to analyze intelligence; to process evidence; to stop drunk drivers; and respond to terrorist threats?
Her vote is one main reason I support Michael Casey for 118th District state Representative. Better safe than sorry.
Lisa Bull DiLullo