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Mayor Drew To C-SPAN: Democrats Will 'Lay Forth Vision of Continued Success'

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew Tuesday was one of three Northeasters who took part in an online C-SPAN Google Plus Hangouts from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

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. They are among 88 members of the delegation from Connecticut who will nominate President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for a second term and approve the Democratic Party platform.

Reached by phone Tuesday just after 11 a.m., Mayor Dan Drew was about to take part in an online C-SPAN "Google Plus Hangouts" with delegates attending the Democratic National Convention, including Hartford City Councilman Shawn Wooden, Joe Caiazzo, whose represent the Fifth Congressional District in Massachusetts, and George Hornedo of Indiana.

Asked about their experiences so far at the convention and what they hope to accomplish, Drew spoke first.

"I want to see ... the President and our party lay forth a vision of continued success. We are so much further along today than where we were in January of 2009 when the President took over. The economy was hemorrhaging 700,00  jobs per month and for the last 29 months, we have had continued job growth," Drew told the interviewer.

He characterized Middletown as a midsize city of 50,000, "a middle-class, working-class city" that "wouldn't have flourished if we continued with Bush-era policies." Drew said. "That's where Romney and Ryan want to take us."

Tomorrow, Drew tells Middletown Patch about the second full day of his time at the conventions in Charlotte — and listening to First Lady Michelle Obama deliver her address to the delegates.

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Happy Feet September 05, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Dan - tell them how your raised our taxes when some of us can barely make ends meet! You party we suffer! Shameful!
wyatt September 05, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Lesser can also tell them that with CT's high taxes and high cost of living, elderly people are fleeing because they simply cannot afford to live here anymore. I kind of like Dan and I guess he has to tow the party line but this, "vision of continued success" is laughable, especially in light of recent economic and job news, coupled with the national debt breaking 16 trillion dollars on Tuesday. The majority of it created by Obama's inept handling of the economy.
FormerDem September 05, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Well said Wyatt. Dan is proud of his partys " vision of continued sucess" We don't need visions(IE fantasy) we need to stop spending now. We need solutions other than the goverment providing free everything. Investments(IE Spending) building more roads, bridges, blah blah blah
My Opinion September 05, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Well said!
John Brush September 05, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I wonder if hiz honor knows: "According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are fewer people employed now than back in January 2009 when Barack Obama was sworn in as President, and there are more people unemployed now than in January 2009. Back then, a reported 142 million people had jobs. In July 2011, 139.2 million people had jobs." (source: HufingtonPuffington Post) So much for "continued success"!

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