Bridgeport attorney Chris Mattei who’s exploring a Democratic run for governor issued several points on Monday to rebuild trust in government.
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Mattei today released a new proposal to bring more people into the election process in Connecticut as a first step toward restoring trust in government and encouraging civic participation. Mattei, who formerly served as Chief of the Financial Fraud and Public Corruption Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office holding public officials and big corporations accountable, is currently exploring a run for Governor of Connecticut. “Too many people have lost confidence in our public institutions and public officials,” said Mattei. “When people stop trusting government, our government stops working effectively to solve big problems like restoring the middle class. As Democrats we must reform government to restore trust. Rebuilding our state starts with rebuilding trust in government.”
As part of his plan he advocates:
— Encouraging voting by making it easier for citizens to vote absentee and implementing early voting days. Connecticut is one of only 13 states that both forbids early voting and requires an excuse to vote absentee.
— Taking the parties out of legislative redistricting by creating a non-partisan commission to determine legislative boundaries.
— Repealing new provisions that limit State Election Enforcement Commission investigations to one year so that residents can feel assured that complaints will actually be resolved based on the facts, not the calendar.
— Improving transparency by requiring Political Action Committees (PACs) to disclose the true sources of their funding and listing the largest funder on advertising. Currently, big donors are able to obscure their political donations by “passing through” innocuous sounding committees; this reform would shed a light on where the money is really coming from.
More information on the proposed reforms can be found here.
“Many political pundits and pessimists will tell you that Connecticut is in bad shape and our problems are too big to solve,” said Mattei. “I have a different view: I believe in the power of the people of Connecticut to choose a future where we invest in ourselves, our families, our communities and our state. I know we can do better–and that starts with restoring the bonds of trust between us and our government.”