CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Shaban says opponent uses ‘inaccurate rhetoric’

John Shaban

John Shaban

Wow. Rather than address the issues that face our state — i.e., rising poverty, unemployment, energy costs, government spending and taxation — my opponent resorts to tired “Shaban is anti-women/anti-tree” tactics and political fibs.

I actually voted Yes on insurance coverage for breast screening in 2012, and opposed an earlier flawed version of the bill that was too narrow, used inapplicable medical standards, and included unrelated unfunded mandates. I oppose unfunded state mandates because they drive up local property taxes (an approach my opponent claims to support, except, it seems, for now).

The environmental criticism is absurd. My environmental record and credentials are impeccable, and I’m proud to have received a “low grade” from an interest group because I refused to do what they wanted, when they wanted it. I answer to my constituents, not to the dozens of special interest “coalitions” and “associations” that try to steer votes.

Lastly, the Internet dating bill was a ridiculous idea, and the “transgender rights” bill was duplicative of existing laws and promotes needless lawsuits. Again, bad policy does nothing to protect those in need.

My opponent is a decent fellow, but is undeniably a “more of the same” big government Democrat a là the current (but shrinking) majority in Hartford. He offers no ideas on how to solve our problems because he openly supports his party’s big tax/big spend polices that have exacerbated our problems.

I believe that a vibrant private sector will improve our lives and budgets — not more taxes, government and inaccurate rhetoric.

The 135th House District includes Easton, Weston and part of Redding. Mr. Shaban, the incumbent, is running against Democrat Leon Karvelis and Green party candidate Gabriel Rossi.

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