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Shaban: Karvelis' Mailer is Inaccurate

John Shaban says his opponent's recent mailer is inaccurate.

To the Editor:

Last week my opponent sent out a mailer labeled “Shame on Shaban” plagued with inaccuracies and mischaracterizations about my service on the Environment Committee. While I had hoped that we would avoid such shenanigans — and instead focus on actual issues like rising unemployment, deficits, taxes and poverty in Connecticut — I must instead set the record straight.

Indeed, what’s been missing from his various writings is the fact that NONE of the bills he cites came up for a floor vote – none of them! All of these bills died in committee because Rs and Ds alike felt that the bills, while laudable, were flawed and/or too undeveloped at this point to progress.

As an environmental lawyer, I am able to vet the myriad of environmental bills proposed for effectiveness, affordability and applicability, and to focus attention on important details — something that has been lacking in my opponent’s rhetoric.  Indeed, the “Shame on” mailer misstates and/or omits relevant facts such as (and in order):

  • I am on the bipartisan panel to draft a genetic ingredient labeling bill that might actually work;  
  • The pesticide bill/effort that I opposed would have increased pesticide usage at schools, stripped away the existing state wide ban, and was opposed by DEEP;
  • We already have a pharmaceutical recapture program that is working;  
  • Private mattress recyclers are solving this problem without another expensive government program; and
  • The CT Environmental Policy Act is alive and well as it has been for 20-plus years.  I voted with the Democratic Chairs on the Judiciary Committee to make a technical change to CEPA needed to screen out nuisance lawsuits. 

Bottom line, my environmental record and credentials are beyond reproach, and bad policy will do nothing to protect the environment.  I am happy to be able to bring my expertise with me to Hartford, and thank my friends and neighbors for their continued trust and support.

State Rep. John Shaban (R-135th)

Mark Lewis November 02, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I can understand that the facts in the Karvelis mailer that highlight Representative Shaban's lousy voting record on the environment, as rated by the CT League of Conservation Voters, are irritating to him but exposure of the truth often does embarrass legislators who vote against the interests of their constituents. The bills mentioned were in the interests of the voters of Easton, Redding, and Weston and voting against them in the Committee helped kill them before they made it to a floor vote. All our other local State representatives have very high ratings from the League for their votes in favor of the environment so why is Representative Shaban the radical outlier in the group?
Mark Lewis November 02, 2012 at 03:42 PM
The voters face a clear choice on Tuesday. Leon Karvelis is a retired financial industry executive with long experience in both the private and public sectors who currently is a member of the Region 9 and the Cooperative Education Services Boards of Education. He has been endorsed by the Sierra Club for his position on the environment. As a fiscal conservative, Leon will fight to eliminate the unfunded spending mandates and additional “teach to the test” requirements in Governor Malloy’s education bill that will hurt students and taxpayers in Weston, Easton, and Redding. His incumbent opponent is a corporate attorney who was given a failing grade by the League of Conservation Voters for his voting record on environmental legislation and who voted for the poorly thought out Malloy education bill.
Mark Lewis November 02, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Having worked with Leon for four on the Region 9 Board of Education’s Financial Advisory Committee and for last three years after he joined me on the Board I have observed he carefully determines the facts, discarding emotions, before making an informed judgment on educational and finance matters. He will do the same in Hartford. The choice is clear. I urge you to vote for Leon Karvelis on Tuesday.
Anonomys November 07, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Shaban wins ha ha ha ha ha

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