State Rep. Frank Nicastro said he's "getting phone calls from all over the country" asking him about a Reuters news story that portrays him as leading an effort to 'bail out' The Bristol Press.
Reuters "twisted that story horribly," the Bristol Democrat said.
He said he's spoken with reporters in Georgia, Minnesota, Washington, Florida and elsewhere who wanted to quiz him about the effort to save two Central Connecticut dailies, including the Press.
Nicastro said he tells them all that "I'm not recommending 5 cents to the current owner" of the papers, the Pennsylvania-based Journal Register Co.
Instead of a bailout, he said, he explains that the effort is focused on making sure any prospective new owner learns about state programs available to any business owner that might lead to tax breaks or low-interest loans to encourage development and preserve jobs.
Nicastro said that once he explains what's really going on, those calling tell him he's doing the right thing.
Nicastro said it's been an unusual start to a new year.
"It's sad, but it's interesting," Nicastro said.
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