Cutler: "John Samperi Not Fit For The 35th"

"Racism and harassment have no place in our community and voters should have zero tolerance when casting their ballots on November 6th."


This letter is written by David Cutler:

Voters in the 35th District need a state representative who represents the values of our community. 

Such is not the case with candidate John Samperi, who previously lived in West Haven and now wants to represent Clinton, Killingworth and Westbrook, which make up the 35th.

In 2001, Mr. Samperi, who is white, was accused of making racist comments over the hiring of a black fire chief in West Haven. Although Mr. Samperi denied the accusations, the Allingtown Board of Fire Commissioners decided later to impeach and remove him from the board.

Later in 2009, Mr. Samperi was accused again of making insensitive remarks. Tax Collector Michele Nuhn of Killingworth filed a complaint, alleging that he made sexist comments, and the Killingworth Board of Selectmen unanimously responded by issuing a warning that it would take whatever legal action was necessary to ensure a workplace free of hostility.  

Mr. Samperi denied the accusations, but Nuhn said in a letter to the board that he made several crude and sexist comments to her and about her in the presence of tax clerk Jeanette Clegg during a visit to Town Hall the previous day.  

Clearly, racism and harassment have no place in our community and voters should have zero tolerance when casting their ballots on November 6th.  

-- David Cutler

Corroborating Links: (supplied by Cutler)

1) http://postroad.com/news/2001/20010523.west.haven.fire.allingtown.sparks.fly.html

2) http://nhregister.com/articles/2009/08/27/news/shoreline/b3-_kisamperiharassment.txt

3) http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=246513648&targetid=profile

4) http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/05/nyregion/metro-briefing-connecticut-west-haven-fire-commissioner-ousted.html

Dave Adametz October 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I work on John Samperi's election committee and I can say without hesitation that these accusations are disgusting and beyond the pale. With my own eyes I have seen that Mr. Samperi doesn't remotely subscribe to this foolishness, and with my own eyes I have seen how people of all races and genders are drawn to his message of common sense leadership and common sense solutions. If Mr. Cutler needs to go back and revive the ghosts of twelve year old misunderstandings to instigate false public unrest then this is a de facto admission that he is getting desperate in finding something negative to report on Mr. Samperi's campaign message. A great man by the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that he had a dream of a world where people are judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. After reading Mr. Cutler's race baiting letter I'm not seeing how it's Mr. Samperi who needs to learn what those words mean. I would respectfully ask that if Mr. Vicino aspires to be our representative then he needs to distance himself from such disgusting yellow journalism. The good people of Clinton, Killingworth, and Westbrook expect a higher level of character from their political leaders than a "National Enquirer" supermarket tabloid mentality.
Bruce Farmer October 17, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Mr. Cutler's attempt to derail Mr. Samperi's campaign will NOT work. The real focus must be on what the candidate will do for the residents of the district. No one will work harder or smarter for the 35th than John Samperi and he has a REAL plan for jobs - our local economy - and reduced spending in Hartford.
Jay October 18, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Both incidents were reported in the local newspapers at the time.
George Hedrick October 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I have spent many hours on the campaign trail with John and I have never so much as heard a racist or derogatoy remark directed at women. I urge all to send John to Hartford in November. He will work for ALL of us in the 35th.
Clintonian October 18, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I don't think that the West Haven Fire Commission impeaches its members lightly, nor do I think that the New York Times or other newspapers are in the business of printing lies. Mr. Samperi's actions, even 12 years ago, have no place in our community and no place representing us in Hartford.
Phil Sengle October 22, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Naive if you think newspapers don't print lies. Actually they are just biased and spend their time praising Obama and running down Linda McMahon and other Republicans. You seldom get a straight story from them. I don't know the facts of these allegations, but I know one thing, its gutter politics and the oppostion is playing the "race card". How about talking about the destruction of our economy and state by the tax and spend Democrats controlling Hartford?
Jay October 24, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Naah - it is just the truth.......
Phil Sengle October 24, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Again, how about talking about the destruction of our state, its business unfriendly environment and its high taxes, which causes our businesses to leave and our kids to not be able to find good jobs. As a reliable vote for the party line as Vicino has been on the Clinton Board of Selectman, he is the last man I want to see go to Hartford. He will support the Democrat policies in Hartford that are wrecking our state. He will not resist them. Nice guy or not we can not afford another tax and spend vote in Hartford.
Clintonian October 24, 2012 at 02:33 PM
"Nice guy or not" is the point. These men are running in a local election for all intents and purposes. In order to represent us and get back what we need from the State, Mr Samperi will not only have to overcome being in the minority party, but also do so by working with people of all races, backgrounds and genders. Mr. Samperi's track record will not serve us well in Hartford and will damage our perception around the State.
Phil Sengle October 24, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I'll risk it, rather than sending another tax and spend Democrat to the legislature whom we can't afford. On your minority party point - based on that logic we should not have elections and simply appoint Dems to fill the legislature. For example, tell me how the $700M bus way to no where benefits Clinton and the 35th District?
Jay October 24, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Agreed, But you miss the point - electing another John Raffa is the problem.
Clintonian October 24, 2012 at 09:48 PM
By that logic, anything that the state spends money on that doesn't directly benefit our community is a waste of money. Also, Tom didn't vote for the busway. Just because you say he would, doenst mean he would. Mr. Samperi would have had to had some experience as an elected official in order to know how to make a tough decision like that.


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