From the Hartford Courant, a Letter to the Editor published 9/9/11
In Rosa DeLauro's Defense Chris DePino, East Haven
As the former Connecticut state Republican Party chairman, I am outraged at the response from your paper and the Connecticut Republican Party to congresswoman Rosa DeLauro's efforts to help her district recover from Tropical Storm Irene.
I live on Cosey Beach, the most devastated area of the state, and I have seen firsthand how people are hurting. Many are underinsured and suffering massive property losses and emotional distress.
I applaud U.S. Rep. DeLauro touring our area, and I know that she will do everything she can to help us.
Where she was when the storm stuck is not the issue to any of us who are experiencing the trauma of what this disaster brought to our community. What matters is how to recover from this storm.
Rosa is a friend to people. It is why Republicans like me support her even when they do not always agree with her. She is excellent, not perfect. She is a human being of substance, fairness and immense kindness.
To turn the suffering of our neighbors and community into a manufactured issue for political gain is inappropriate and wrong.
If I were still the chairman of the Connecticut State Republican Party, these kinds of political attacks would never be tolerated. It is a disgrace. Period.