Fact Check : Election 2020 Issues

What’s the difference between our Democratic candidates and the Republicans?

IN SUPPORT OF MICHELLE MCCABE

CLAIM:

Tony Hwang says:

“Experienced leadership in public service that is always engaged and present sets me apart from other candidates. In my 15 years of public service, I have always been engaged and present with the communities that I represent and serve. I have a proven track record of making difficult decisions on behalf of the people I represent.”

-Easton Courier, 10/27/20

TRUE OR FALSE?

Read Tony’s legislative record  for yourself. See what his votes really mean here:

https://www.tonyfacts.org

And compare them to Michelle’s policy priorities here:

https://www.michelleforct.com

IN SUPPORT OF ANNE HUGHES

CLAIM:

Republicans say: 

1. “Our current freshman State Rep, Anne Hughes of Easton, has spent her first 16 months engaged in national protests and movements, while showing a complete lack of focus on our towns.”  

-Email from John Shaban 

(This was sent to Anne’s email list which he acquired through a Freedom of Information demand), 10/27/20 AND 

2. “Easton needs a representative who is focused on the local needs of our community.” 

-Easton Courier, 10/26/20

TRUE OR FALSE?

  • We agree! Anne has delivered COVID-19 PPE throughout the district and helped get power restored after the hurricane. Now she is fighting to make the utility companies accountable. She is always accessible to her constituents with the latest updates and resources, and you can call her personal cell phone anytime and she’ll pick up the phone! Try it: (203)613-4040.
  • You see, Anne can do many things at the same time! She advocates for racial justice, equity, and takes care of her district. She’s a multifaceted and determined woman. That’s how she legislates and that’s who she is. While Shaban opens every conversation with reference to his former job in state government, he never cites one single accomplishment. Anne, even as a freshman legislator, brought home a long list of tangible accomplishments that matter to the people of Weston, Redding, and Easton. 
  • Helped get grants to local farmers for hemp trials
  • Helped acquire 160 new acres for the Aspectuck Land Trust
  • Helped get necessary funding for the Weston Library
  • Led campaign to pass Take Back Our Grid Act
  • Supported $25 cap on insulin prices
  • Leading supporter of Family Leave Act
  • Helping all three towns secure emergency COVID assistance
  • Named environmental champion and endorsed by CT League of Conservation Voters
  • Endorsed by Planned Parenthood

CLAIM:

Republicans say: “Hughes said in her Oct. 17 debate with Shaban that Anne favors raising state income taxes, raising capital gains taxes and restoring highway tolls. In addition, she advocated, a “wealth” tax on savings to finance a “fairer” state and “fairer” towns.” Easton Courier, 10/27/2020

TRUE OR FALSE?

In that debate John Shaban never discussed the pandemic or health care – two vital issues on both a local and a national scale.

And, yes, along with 70% of residents, Ann favor a fairer tax policy in CT, the state with the 3rd worst income inequality in the country. Take a look at this interactive data on the disproportionate tax burden on middle income and low wealth residents in contrast with the highest 1%:  https://ctvoices.org/research-policy/fiscal-economics/interactive-data-maps/

See Anne’s policies, including on state spending and taxes here.

CLAIM:

Republicans say: 

“Please join me in voting for John Shaban to return sanity to the Connecticut State Legislature.”

Easton Courier, 10/26/20

TRUE OR FALSE?

Anne and her fellow Democrats already did.  The 2019 Legislative session established sound fiscal policy, and the State now has a AAA rating from Moody’s with a record-setting historic reserve. They passed a balanced budget on time and below the spending caps, used our record-level rainy day fund to start paying down the state debt, and supported educational cost sharing according to the bi-partisan budget plan passed in 2017. This is sane, fiscal responsibility that positions us stronger for the COVID-19-caused economic recession.

CLAIM:

Republicans say:

“John opposes forced regionalization of schools and services.”

Easton Courier, 10/5/20

TRUE OR FALSE?

Anne also opposes forced regionalization of school and services. This is not a point of difference.

She has said in plain English many times on record that she supports the will of the people to make such decisions, and that she admires the outstanding schools in her district: voluntarily-regionalized Joel Barlow High School and the one-town Weston schools on School Road. Not only that, regionalization of any kind didn’t even come up in this past legislative session. It’s not an issue!

CLAIM:

Republicans say:

“John is a straight talker.”

-Easton Courier, 10/26/20

TRUE OR FALSE?

We disagree. John is intentionally misleading voters with campaign literature that says “Re-elect.” Shaban hasn’t served for 4 years. He is not the incumbent, but is clearly trying to suggest that he is. Recently he added an asterisk which admits to the intentional misdirection.

In fact, that asterisk offers the dates 2011-2017. Well, his successor took over on January 4, 2017, so is it really fair to the voters to claim he served in 2017?

Of course, these examples are relatively insignificant. It’s what they say about the candidate as a person and as a leader, especially in these times when many of us are struggling to return to a time of credible leadership.

You don’t have to read the asterisks and fine print to re-elect State Representative Anne Hughes as your representative in Hartford!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT ANNE HUGHES’ LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

REMINDER:
ELECTION DAY Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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