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October 22, 2010
Nicastro, Del Mastro face off at debate
Republican state House hopeful Peter Del Mastro came out swinging Thursday in the 79th District debate held at City Hall.
Del Mastro said at the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce-sponsored debate he feared for the future of Connecticut given its inability to create jobs, its high energy costs, its burdensome taxes and its stagnant population.
“Connecticut is sick today,” said Del Mastro, who is aiming to knock two-term state Rep. Frank Nicastro from office.
If people want more of the same, he said, they should re-elect Nicastro and leave the Democrats in charge.
Nicastro, a former mayor, said he’s proud of his record and declared that it’s time “to start talking up our state” instead of hauling it down.
“Too many people badmouth our state,” Nicastro said.
Nicastro said both Republicans and Democrats need to pull together and work for the betterment of Connecticut and its residents.
“I will put my record up for scrutiny,” Nicastro said. “You’ll see that I haven’t sat there. You’ll see that I haven’t been a yes man.”
He also said Del Mastro didn’t live in Bristol during his mayoral terms. “He doesn’t know what our record was” in bringing new business to town and holding down taxes, Nicastro said.
The two men differed sharply on a number of issues.
Del Mastro called for the state to consider privatizing some of its functions, including information technology and the motor vehicles department.
He also said the state has to bring government employee compensation back in line with the private sector.
Nicastro said the state may need to merge some departments and make cuts starting with top management.”
But, he warned, “we have to be super careful” to do it effectively.