"It's unfortunate that John DeStefano chose to 'formally kick off' his campaign by intentionally misrepresenting Dan Malloy's position on the estate tax. Dan is not for repealing the estate tax -- and he's never made that proposal. Worse, John DeStefano knows that," [said Chris Cooney, Malloy's campaign manager].
"I assume John is doing this because he's having a bad day: between Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez's endorsement of Dan Malloy, and the strong, public support we've announced today in Meriden, perhaps John's feeling the heat. I understand that. But intentionally misstating Dan's position isn't the answer.
"We also know that John has been lashing out -- the misinformation in his press conference today is a perfect example -- because many hardworking men and women who are members of unions have been learning that when John Rowland tried to gut binding arbitration in 1995, John DeStefano testified in favor of that proposal at a public hearing at the Legislature. That's factual and inescapable. The misstatements by the DeStefano campaign today should be seen for what they are -- a political smoke screen." (Statement)
Expect an equally scathing rebuttal from the DeStefano campaign as the two contenders try desperately to appear legitimate during a critical week.
Malloy for Governor. "Statement from Malloy Campaign Manager on John DeStefano's Press Conference." Press Release, 20 March, 2006.
The DeStefano campaign's response:
New Haven: John DeStefano stands behind his record and public comments and feels Dan Malloy should do the same in regards to the estate tax. In a recent article in the NewHavenIndependent.org, Malloy said that he agrees with the idea of cutting the estate tax and rolling back a law that raised taxes on estates of some of the richest people who die in Connecticut. Now he appears to be backtracking.
“Philosophically, he agreed with the concept of estate tax cuts as an economic development tool. Given that other states have eliminated the estate tax, "we need to price ourselves competitively for a jobs program," he said.”
Paul Bass – Newhavenindependent.org (Feb. 13, 2006)
DeStefano disagrees with Malloy’s position and believes it’s time to stop giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans. (Response)
DeStefano for Connecticut. "Response to Dan Malloy's Statement: DeStefano Stands by his Record, Malloy Should Do the Same." Press Release, 20 March 2006.