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.