"This is about big party boss rule," Hilliard said. "That's what she represents." (The Hour)
The elections violations complaint stemmed from reports that flyers were distributed that suggested that Bruce Morris had financial and ethics problems during the mid 90's. Morris won the primary on August 8th. The State Elections Enforcement Commission confirmed the dismissal of a complaint by Joseph Newell was sent to the EEC by Wells on July 13.
"There is no evidence to support the allegation that Mr. Hilliard and Mr. Watts produced and distributed the flyer," the commission concluded, "nor is there currently any evidence to suggest that Mr. Hilliard and Mr. Watts violated the campaign finance laws of the State of Connecticut."
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While Wells said she believes "it's more likely than not" Hilliard and Watts violated elections law, she stressed the complaint was Newell's. (The Hour)
With Wells continuing the suggest that Hilliard violated election laws despite the commissions ruling shows how personal this issue has become. Earlier in the year, Wells fought to exclude Hilliard from running in the primary by refusing to acknowledge his request to run via email. That Wells decision led to an appeal to Democratic State Central where Well's was over ruled and Hilliard allowed to run.
Democratic Councilwoman Gwen Briggs spoke positively Monday of Wells' performance as DTC chairwoman, saying she has done a "fine job."
"It's her job to make sure that the party runs," Briggs said. "She has to raise money so that we can do our campaigns. She has to make sure that all of the districts hold their meetings. She makes sure that the party is running the way it should be and according to the rules. If that's a party boss, then I guess she's a party boss, but that's her job."(The Hour)
Yet, as chair, Wells could only muster 22 of the 35 delegates to the Norwalk Democratic convention this past May. And with record high turnout during the August 8th primary, Norwalk had one of the lowest turnout percentages in the state. Norwalk has also not participated in any of the party building activities sponsored by the DNC. While the national party is encouraging local party development, Wells seems intent on abdicating her responsibilities in order to stoke personal feuds leaving some Norwalk Democrats to question what is going on.
The Norwalk Hour, Charges dismissed, bad feelings remain after Dem primary election law complaint, By PATRICK R. LINSEY, 10/03/06