OIB friend Paul Bass of the New Haven Independent asked petitioning candidate for governor Jonathan Pelto in a video interview, “Would you feel guilty the day after the election if Democrats lost because you ran?” No way, says Pelto who adds he’s sending a message that Democrats cannot walk away from their constituencies.
No. Because I think that the Democrats need to understand that when you walk away from your constituencies and stop doing the things that those constituencies need you to do and stand up and fight for them like teachers and state employees and middle class property taxpayers across the state … that when you walk away from them there is a political ramification that I intend to deliver that.
Pelto is trying to secure voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot appealing to education advocates and state employees who he claims have been betrayed by Democratic Governor Dan Malloy. Pelto has a handful of workers in Bridgeport hustling petitioning signatures from city voters.
Pelto also does not seem to mind the tag he’s another Ralph Nader whose presence on the 2000 presidential ballot cost Al Gore votes. Malloy faces the winner of the August 12 Republican primary between Tom Foley and John McKinney.