State washes its hands of Morey vs. Dems
Published 5:32 pm, Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Was a complaint to the state's Election Enforcement Commission "business as usual" for New Milford Republicans?
That's the position of Gale Alexander, the Democratic Party's endorsed candidate for state representative from the 67th District.
The EEC dismissed a complaint Aug. 19 filed by Republican Tom Morey, who had alleged Alexander's candidacy should be voided.
"This is typical of a pattern of groundless attacks the Republicans have made against me during my involvement with the political process," Alexander said. "This is not the first time Republicans have mislead the voters regarding the genuine issues of a campaign."
Alexander is scheduled to face off with GOP incumbent state Rep. Cecilia Buck-Taylor in November.
In the complaint, Morey argued the New Milford Democratic Town Committee had not followed correct procedure in nominating Alexander, since the nomination occurred at a town committee meeting and not at a caucus.
EEC members found the commission did not have "jurisdiction" over the matter.
Since the 67th District seat is within a single municipality, it is considered to be a "municipal office." Thus, candidates are selected by "party rules," the EEC stated.
Further, Alexander's Certificate of Endorsement was accepted by the secretary of the state, indicating he had been endorsed at a town committee meeting, the SEEC found.
For Morey, the EEC's stance that it lacks jurisdiction is questionable.
"I disagree," Morey said. "The only appeal I can make in this matter is through the state Superior Court, and I'm deciding whether to do that. That's a big step money-wise."
Pete Bass, Republican Town Committee chairman, has said Morey did not represent the RTC in his complaint, but he defended Morey's right to make the complaint as a "concerned citizen."
DTC Chairman Andy Grossman countered, "Unfortunately, the Republicans have opted to wage a campaign of petty harassment against Gale, the latest evidence being this outrageous complaint that the state rejected."
Grossman added Alexander has, , on the other hand, waged a "very positive campaign" outlining his plans for changes in property taxes statewide and other issues facing the state.