In the gubernatorial primary Democrats must make a difficult decision. Both Dan Malloy and John DeStefano are talented men who have a lot to offer to both Connecticut and the Democratic Party. However, when it comes to the issues and values that matter most to Democratic voters John DeStefano is the best candidate to challenge Jodi Rell in November.
DeStefano has an inspired view of how government can better meet the needs of its citizens. He understands the urgent need for universal healthcare, a minimum wage that better reflects the cost of living, and the importance of job creation. His AFL-CIO and numerous other union endorsements speak to his commitment workers' rights.
The needs of Connecticut families are a priority for John DeStefano. On education DeStefano supports universal early education, magnet schools, and revising the state's formula for distributing aid. While both candidates have plans for tax reform DeStefano offers the more ambitious overhaul including a property tax freeze for seniors, and a more progressive form of taxing income. He is also the only candidate brave enough to tackle the problem of pay equity rather than simply paying lip service to it.
If at first DeStefano seems vague when it comes to details that's only because he has a more realistic understanding of governance. It is one thing to release glossy campaign materials with sky high promises, and quite another to turn those initiatives into policy and law. John DeStefano has a keen understanding of government as a process rather than a press release.
John DeStefano offers a positive vision of Connecticut's future which is in sharp contrast to the status quo policies offered by Jodi Rell and her predecessor. Looking towards November there is no better candidate to articulate the need for change. That is why we dissent from the majority and endorse John DeStefano for the Democratic nomination for Governor.