The Politics Of Religion, Pia’s Peculiar Flier, Musto Responds

When folks in some Trumbull churches on Sunday returned to their parked vehicles following service they found the following flier on their windshield.


They say this election is all about the economy and jobs; while I may agree with most of this sentiment, there is more.

Last year our church and religious freedom came under attack from the legislature and they tried to force gay marriage in our churches, I was there to protest.

We need someone in Hartford, someone willing to protect our beliefs & our faith.

As your voice in Hartford, I will fight for fiscal responsibility, job creation and to protect our religious freedom.


This certainly is an unusual way to campaign on the eve of the election. The flier said it was paid for by David Pia for State Senate, GOP challenger of Democratic incumbent Anthony Musto who represents Trumbull and portions of Bridgeport and Monroe. David Pia clearly has strong beliefs based on religious grounds. But I wonder about the reaction of voters returning to their vehicles to read such a message. I’ve emailed Pia about this and have not heard back to confirm if he in fact sanctioned the flier. David feel free to respond here on OIB.



  1. Pia is correct I am very conservative on issues such as abortions and gay marriage and I personally feel the gov has no right to tell churches to marry gay people!!! On the other hand these are not the biggest issues for me because if they were I would vote Republican all the time. I think there are way bigger issues and Democrats address them more. But like I said I am pro life and against gay marriage but there are way bigger issues out there than that so tomorrow I will be voting for Musto!!!

  2. The whole campaign thing has gotten out of hand. We are assaulted constantly with telephone calls, loads of mailings, knocks on the door at supper time. There is no place to hide from the candidates. They are on TV, Cable, the radio, bombarding us with their messages. This just tells me they have too much money and are spending like drunken sailors.

  3. I need to point out that the statements in the flier are not even close to true. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in Kerrigan v. Comm. Of Public Health that our recognition of civil unions for homosexuals versus marriage rights for heterosexuals was unconstitutional and needed to be equalized by making marriage available for all. The only thing the legislature did was codify that decision, as is required by our constitutional system of government. There was absolutely no attempt to force Catholics or any other religion to perform any ceremonies in violation of their beliefs, and everyone should understand that any attempt to do so would be a violation of the First Amendment. The flier is completely false.

    Anthony Musto

    1. The flier may be just as false as Bill Clinton’s statement in Norwalk. “… Dan Malloy created 5000 jobs …” It is true that David Pia is pro-life and against gay marriage and Musto is in favor of gay marriage (civil union) and for abortion. It’s a non- issue to me either way.

      Musto seems to be so busy that he would only answer one issue on the flier. “… I will fight for fiscal responsibility, job creation …” Musto too has been saying this during his campaign and we all know it’s not true. By the way Musto. the other day I posted this on OIB. Care to comment?:

      Joel Gonzalez // Oct 31, 2010 at 7:38 pm

      Good job, Musto!


      1. I will comment. This link highlights the continuing failure of the city to meet the needs of its children and has little to do with its representation in the state capitol.

  4. Thank you Senator Musto. That’s pretty much how I remember it.

    Perhaps after a long campaign Mr. Pia has simply gotten tired and has misremembered things. Otherwise, he would be guilty of intentionally misrepresenting the facts and using a wedge issue in an attempt to appeal to fear and prejudice and I’m sure that couldn’t be the case.

    I look forward to Mr. Pia’s upcoming post thanking you for helping to jog his memory as to what actually happened in the legislature last year.

  5. I commented on Pia earlier today before I even knew about the church thing. He was going door-to-door in Bridgeport talking about partial birth abortions. This guy is a fanatic. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs but he is a nut case. He’s like the people in front of Planned Parenthood holding up the pictures of dead babies. Abortion and gay marriage are not campaign issues. Pia is obsessed. I saw him at one of the debates and this is all he talked about. We do not want a fanatic representing us in Hartford. We have enough problems already.

    Didn’t he have a gentleman’s agreement with Musto not to go negative? Then he waits until 3 days before the election and distributes his propaganda, at a church no less. His word is no good and he calls himself a Christian. I’m glad Musto had the dignity and integrity to stay positive as agreed. That’s the leadership we need in Hartford.

  6. Pia plays to his audience. He talks about partial-birth abortions with seniors. He leaves fliers blasting gay marriage and boasting religious freedoms in church parking lots. But my favorite was his remark during a Trumbull debate.

    Pia was talking about the sewage system in Bridgeport. That because the drainage and sewage pipes are combined (instead of separated), the sewers overflow into Long Island Sound during bad rainstorms. It is a huge problem that affects all of us who enjoy the sound. Pia, speaking once again to his Trumbull audience, said “Trumbull and Monroe are not responsible for Bridgeport’s infrastructure problems.” This statement from a man who wants to be state senator, representing Trumbull-Monroe-BRIDGEPORT. He should have suggested a solution to the problem that worked for everyone. But instead he took another jab at Bridgeport. Shows where his priorities are.

  7. Pia has been taking jabs at Bpt since day one!!! John from Black Rock do you see a Democratic sweep at Black Rock Tomorrow??? If Dems start well here they will win the city by huge margins. I expect 1600 to 1700 votes at Black Rock. Longfellow 700 if turnout is decent. Precincts to watch are Dunbar, Cross and Louis M … these are where Dems need to run up the margins. I’m voting for Malloy, Blumenthal, Himes, Musto, Auden at Black Rock school!!!

  8. Wow, what a clown. And a crazy one at that.

    It’s funny, he was in Bridgeport first thing this morning trying to suck up votes. I wish I knew about his anti-gay and sewer remarks, I would have said a thing or two.

    I hope Musto wins, he seems like a good guy.

    And by the way, it was pretty busy with a nice crowd at Blackham this morning.

  9. Today we can begin to restore the fiscal prudence that has been lacking during the past two years of an unchecked and unbalanced congress. Incumbent congressmen such as Jim Himes are responsible for profligate spending and bureaucratic overreach that fetters our economy, leaving us with low growth and high unemployment. We can tell Washington D.C. we have had enough by electing reformers such as challenger Dan Debicella.


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