State Republican Party leader Chris Healy just issued this press release:
Colapietro Is All Double-Talk on Death Penalty
State Sen. Thomas Colapietro, D-Bristol, is trying to fool voters by talking tough on the state death penalty even though he voted to eliminate it this year, according to Republican State Party Chairman Chris Healy Thursday.
“Colapietro is a liar on a life and death issue and now he has been caught red-handed,” said Healy. “He knows the people of Bristol and Plainville understand the death penalty shouldn’t be abolished, but as usual, Colapietro words don’t match his record.”
Healy said Colapietro supported abolishing the death penalty on May 22nd. The bill was approved by the Democratic Legislature and vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Neither chamber attempted to override the veto. Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy supports repealing the death penalty while Republican Tom Foley is for such punishment.
“Electing Dan Malloy and Tom Colapietro means no death penalty for those who deserve it,” said Healy. “No one will be safe.”
Colapietro in comments to the Bristol Press claimed the death penalty was “a joke,” and “that it merely made defense lawyers rich.”
“Aside from being a bully, Tom Colapietro has shown himself truly unbalanced,” said Healy. “Colapietro votes to abolish the death penalty, claims he is a tough guy but has never challenged the current laws that allow death row inmates to make endless appeals.”
Colapietro claims his support for being for “three strikes, “ sentencing but it’s not backed up with either statements or legislative proposals to expedite the imposition of the death penalty.
“Colapietro has long shot his mouth off, blaming others for his problems and those of the world,” said Healy. “After 18 years, Tom Colapietro has delivered nothing for victims of violent crimes or supported making violent criminals pay the ultimate price.”
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