Sen. Fasano Responds to Governor’s Accusations against Republicans re: ‘Second Chance’

May 13, 2015

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement today in response to the governor’s unfounded accusations that remarks made by some Republicans in opposition to the governor’s Second Chance Society proposal were ‘racially motivated.’

“I am greatly offended by the governor’s comments. It is outrageous that the governor has taken on such a divisive tone just because some people may not agree with his entire bill. The governor should be respectful when people voice their concerns. Instead he has made unfounded, spurious, disrespectful and arrogant remarks that borderline bullying. He also fails to mention the fact that many Republicans have voiced their support for the concept of a Second Chance Society. Republicans have put forward an urban agenda that embraces many elements of the Second Chance philosophy and identifies new ways to help reduce recidivism and reform the justice system. We are open to having that conversation. Republicans have shown our ability to work with the governor on these issues. Nevertheless, the governor’s demeanor continues to create partisanship where there shouldn’t be.”