Rep. Lesser: Ryan-Romney Plan Would 'Devastate' CT Seniors

State Rep. Matthew Lesser, D-100th, one of 88 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., tells Middletown Patch what's it's like to be part of history.


Editor's Note: Middletown Patch is checking in with state Rep. Matthew Lesser, D-100, and Middletown Mayor Dan Drew daily as they take part in the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., through Thursday.

Lesser: Today's been a whirlwind of meetings and events. Malloy will be speaking in a few minutes. All week, he has been hammering home the dangers of the Ryan-Romney plan which would devastate Connecticut's seniors. He's working to do his part to re-elect the President. And of course we are looking forward to hearing Bill Clinton making the pocketbook case for Barack Obama a little bit later on. 

Tuesday afternoon, Lesser told us:

The delegation raced over from dinner to catch Rep. Rosa DeLauro who was up early. It was great to see her recognized this way, and to see a bill she has championed — the Paycheck Fairness Act — get top billing all night long. 
Later, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick fired up the crowd, women's rights crusader Lily Ledbetter gave a remarkable speech and San Antonio mayor Julian Castro established a national presence in his keynote speech. However, the standout was clearly the speech given by first lady Michele Obama. 
She spoke quietly but powerfully in a way that made delegates listen all the more intently. She talked about President Obama and the values and love that undergird everything he does. 

I serve on the Party's platform committee and am proud that the Democratic platform was approved yesterday by acclamation. It reaffirms our belief that America prospers when we're all in it together. Republicans are running from their platform but ours reflects the main stream values of the American people: protecting social security and medicare, investing in education and clean energy and ensuring that all Americans have the same rights regardless of their gender, their race or who they love.

Tomorrow morning, Middletown Patch will speak with Dan Drew.

Brandt Hardin September 06, 2012 at 01:43 AM
The dynamic duo of Romney and Ryan would drive the entire economy into a nose dive as long as it benefits the richest Americans. Income inequality is endangering the Middle Class and making paupers of us all who don’t have those millions upon millions of dollars. Read more about the role of Romney’s riches in this election and the power of his sacred undergarments at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html The working class of our country can’t AFFORD to allow this election to be bought and sold!
wyatt September 06, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Brandt: How about if we pass a law that says no one can make a million dollars? If they do, the government can take it away and give it to people who need it. Then, no one would have the desire (or audacity) to be successful. Hate those rich people! They have money and we don't!! They made their money on the backs of the working poor! And because there is only so much money to go around, if someone has more then someone else has less. Maybe we should just put the rich in jail and spread their wealth around. Damn rich people - hate 'em !!
wyatt September 06, 2012 at 01:23 PM
So, can we assume that Middletown Patch is now just another mouth piece for the DNC ?
Ronald DeRosa September 06, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Hi Wyatt, Middletown Patch, as well as every other Patch site, gives equal coverage of both Republican and Democratic sides. In this situation, we reached out to two prominent Connecticut delegates (Mayor Dan Drew and Rep. Matt Lesser) who are giving us an on-the-grounds perspective of the convention. We've had video dispatches from the Republican National Convention and we've also given Republican candidates (notably Wayne Winsley and Chris Shays) opportunities to blog on Patch (which they have). Thanks for your feedback. RD, associate regional editor
Christopher Schaefer September 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Rosa “out-of-touch-with-reality” DeLauro has proposed raising the federal minimum wage in three stages to $9.80 per hour: an increase of 35% over the current level. Studies project job losses in the range of 256,000 to 768,000 following a wage hike of this magnitude, according to Employment Policies Institute, a nonprofit research organization focusing on employment growth, with emphasis on issues that affect entry-level employment. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that of employees working at or near the current minimum wage of $7.25, nearly 50% are under age 25; 43% work in food prep & serving occupations, where profit margins are low. The result will be loss of hours, employment, or both. Among teens, the unemployment rate is already 23.8% nationwide. http://www.wcbm.com/includes/news_items/29/news_items_more.php?id=161961&section_id=29


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