By Donald E. Erickson
I've been reading some of the campaign statements put out by Terry Masters who is running for state representative and I have some real concerns about what I am seeing.
In a recent letter to the Stratford Star and in some of her campaign material, she proudly lists support from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
If she is elected, would she be looking out for Stratford taxpayers, or following the wishes of those who endorsed her candidacy when state employee contracts come up for a vote? We deserve to know.
She further states that she has "organized demonstrations against some of Connecticut's biggest corporations." Does this include Sikorsky?
For too long, employers have been making a mass exodus from our state and this has contributed a state unemployment rate that exceeds the national figure.
Is the answer to Connecticut's unemployment a state representative who takes pride in grabbing the picket sign and bullhorn and chasing them to our borders?
We need a state government that partners with job creators and fosters business development, not one that openly antagonizes it. There are 49 other states that would gladly take our jobs.
Ms. Masters by her own admission is an activist. Stratford would be well served in having a state representative who has faithfully represented Stratford families, not special interests groups. We need a state representative who speaks for us, not a rubber stamp for Governor Dannel Malloy's agenda. We have that in Representative Laura Hoydick.
Terry Masters likes to say "I have your back." Is she talking to us or is she talking to the unions, the special interest groups, and the Governor? Laura Hoydick is looking out for Stratford. She has my vote and she deserves all of ours.