Statement from Bridgeport Republican Town Chairman John Slater:
“It remains to be seen whether the State Elections Enforcement Commission’s referrals will result in criminal prosecutions and convictions. Like all Americans Rep. Ayala is innocent until proven guilty. But, this issue goes beyond criminality.
Throughout her brief career as a candidate and a state legislator, Rep. Ayala has continually conducted herself in a manner that is simply unacceptable for a member of the House of Representatives. That behavior has reflected badly on Rep. Ayala and, unfortunately, on the city that she represents. Indeed, since her election stories about her bad behavior seem to have exceeded stories about her legislative accomplishments.
The fact that the Speaker of the House quickly stripped Rep. Ayala of her committee assignment speaks volumes about how her behavior is viewed by her colleagues in the General Assembly.
At a time when the city of Bridgeport faces many challenges it can’t afford a state legislator who behaves like Rep. Ayala. Her actions have unfortunately led to yet another scandal further darkening Bridgeport’s black eye. She should resign and allow the voters to select someone better able to fill this important position. I believe the voters in Bridgeport will begin to take a proactive approach in reforming the city’s politics this November. The alternatives to Miss Ayala’s contemporaries are out there. I am proud of our Republican candidates both for their political promise and their integrity.”
Democratic State Party Chair Nancy DiNardo announced today:
“Given all the allegations surrounding Rep. Ayala and given all the time and energy she’s going to have to expend in defending herself, the right course of action would be for her to step down.”