Albis Wins With Help of 3rd Party Line

State Rep.-elect James Albis' name appeared twice on the ballot giving him an edge over his Republican opponent.

It wasn’t politics as usual in East Haven this time around with the special election. I was very pleased to actually see a well-run campaign on both sides. However, two factors pulled this one out for Albis: the family name Albis and a small unknown third-line party.

Interestingly, the growing Working Families Party line has contributed to the victory in East Haven. By the unofficial total Linda Monaco, Republican got 1,331votes and actually defeated James Albis, who got 1,195 votes on the Democratic Party line but the 228 from the Working Families line helped Albis defeat Monaco by just 82 votes in a very disappointing 20 percent  town-wide voter turnout.

For those people who are unfamiliar with the Working Families Party, it is a growing minority party that generally backs candidates who fully supports state and private industry unions. Their platform also bends towards the progressive left in politics or better known as a socialist agenda. Their purpose is to give the voter an opportunity to decline voting Democrat or Republican if they cross-endorse a specific candidate. In this election, James Albis was crossed endorsed by the Working Families Party. 

When I ran for state representative in 2006 against Mike Lawlor, I knew that the Working Families line was a threat to any candidate on the Republican ticket and that a candidate’s name twice on a ballot was a definite advantage. I even attempted to grab the nod away from Mike Lawlor by writing several letters to the Working Families Party giving them my credentials. I told them I was a member in good standing with UFCW  Local 464A, UFCW 1500 and  CWA 1298, but in the end it was the amount of work Mike Lawlor did on the behalf of unions that secured his place on their line even though Mike never held a union position. I was defeated by 1,707 votes -- 570 of them coming from the Working Families line. While those 570 votes didn’t determine the outcome of my election, the Working Families Party certainly has had an effect on this special election.

It also seems that history has repeated itself.  James Albis has done very little with unions while Linda Monaco was a union laborer. It’s a shame that the Working Families Party doesn’t take into account work experience over whom they can lobby better. That is Hartford politics as usual as this state is continually gravitating towards progressive leftist agendas.

When I was involved with East Haven party politics, I tried to advocate for a Republican third line but there wasn’t one to be found. I couldn’t convince the powers to be in the East Haven Republican Party that the Working Families Party was a line we needed to take seriously and possibly help create a third line for those people disenchanted with the Republican Party.

Now, maybe the East Haven Republican Party should take notice. It looks like the third line, minority party has cost Monaco a seat in Hartford and that is a shame.

Congratulations to our new state representative, Mr. James Albis. Please remember all of the people of East Haven regardless of party affiliation.

Gene Ruocco February 23, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Don't worry; James will work for all the people of this town. That is why he was elected. People who voted third line voted that way to show their union loyalty, I believe they would had voted for James on the Democratic line if the third line was not there. This is only my opinion though .
Dan McCann February 23, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Gene, I would agree with you on that. The Democratic party generally favors Union members so if WP didn't exist they mostly likely would have voted for James.
Michael Ritter February 23, 2011 at 11:50 PM
I agree with Gene. Unlike others James truly cares for the people of East Haven and for their best interest. I know that it doesn't matter to James what the party they are from. James was able to receive the endorsement from the Working Family Party therefore he absolutely deserved the 3rd party line votes he recieved...
Dan McCann February 24, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Ever hear of the song from the Beatles I get by with a little help from my friends? James received the WF endorsement because of Mike Lawlor. He helped James and politcally I would expect him too. I would expect nothing less from James. I hope he does well in his position for the Town of East Haven.
Michael Ritter February 24, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Did the fact that tonight is beatles night on american idol help you come up with that quote.
Dan McCann February 24, 2011 at 01:49 AM
LOL! No I am a big Beatles Fan so it's always on my mind.
Lance Coughlin February 24, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Are you freaking kidding me? the working families party was founded by people that included the racist anti-white ACORN organization and communists. Its time for Americans to get their head out of the sand.
Michael Ritter February 24, 2011 at 06:03 AM
The Working Families party is made up of the hardworking everyday people of Connecticut. They vote on this line to show politicians that it is time to put the working families first. By them voting on this line it is showing the candidates that they supported them so in turn they should take the hardworking peoples needs first. I don't understand what you are saying about racist Anti white organizations. This party founded and is made up of labor unions, community organizations and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now otherwise known as ACORN. These groups main focus' are jobs, healthcare, and the environment. Lance I feel that you are very incorrect and please get your facts straight before posting. If you need more information please refer to these links that define what the working family party is and what ACORN really stands for: http://ct-workingfamilies.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_Families_Party http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_Community_Organizations_for_Reform_Now I hope this helps you understand what these parties and ACORN really do...
MaryAnn Pellegrino February 24, 2011 at 05:35 PM
As a voter who marked the "Working Families" line, I'd like to respond to both Mr. McCann and Mr. Coughlin. I am a registered Democrat as well as an active union member, President of AFSCME4 Local 1303-409. Though I firmly believe it is immoral that over 85% of wealth is possessed by less than 2% of the population and a much greater percentage lives below the poverty line, Iam a firm believer in Capitalism. I am against any hate rhetoric but support the goals of ACORN as I am sure most thinking citizens do. I feel that I am an independent thinker. I voted "Working Families" only because the option to support collective bargaining was there on the ballot; otherwise my vote would have been Democratic. If Mr. McCann believes that even three of the "Working Party" votes might have been Republican, he is mistaken. If he believes that without the line on the ballot many would not have voted, he is again wrong. MaryAnn Pellegrino
Lance Coughlin February 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM
I know all about the working families party. They helped get that fool 0bama in the white house. http://keywiki.org/index.php/Working_Families_Party And ACORN was forced to shut down recently due to shady dealings.


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