Potential SOTS Candidate Visits Hometown Town Committee

Representative James Spallone, with and exploratory committee for Secretary of the state visited his hometown Democratic Town Committee in Chester.  Middletown Press <read>

Spallone has served on the General Assembly for the past nine years, including a current stint as chairman of the Government Administration and Elections Committee, where he passed legislation concerning how campaign money is used in elections.

He was a sponsor and advocate of the campaign finance reform bill that passed in 2005, which bars politicians from taking lobbyist money. Spallone said Wednesday night that he refuses to accept political action committee money as a candidate for statewide office. “I have the actual track record for fighting for clean elections,” he said.

Campaign finance reform, which passed in 2005, will face its first real test on the gubernatorial level in this year’s election, said Spallone. Democrat Ned Lamont, a Greenwich businessman, has formed an exploratory committee for his potential run for governor. Another hopeful, former Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley, said he will take in money privately…

Fielding questions from Chester Democrats, Spallone was asked about his stance on absentee ballots and same-day registration, to which he said he supports both because it increases voter turnout. “A lot of people get engaged in the election in the end,” he said.

His legislative record also contains a bill that he authored protecting reporters from revealing their confidential sources.

Spallone said he doesn’t expect an endorsement from current Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz because she is currently exploring a contested gubernatorial run.


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