DiNardo on Ayala: \”The Judicial System Needs to Act\” Before Decisions are Made

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State Democratic party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo said she doesn\’t know all the details about state Rep.-elect Christina Ayala\’s recent arrest in connection with a domestic violence incident.

\”All I know is what\’s been in the paper, I don\’t know the…total picture,\’\’ DiNardo said. \”At face value, it does seem disturbing but at the same time I think the judicial system needs to act on this before anyone makes any statements about whether she should resign.\’\’

Dottie Guman, the vice-chairwoman of the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee, expressed reservations about Ayala\’s ability to lead in the face of the domestic violence charge. Ayala was also cited for evading responsibility following a hit-and-run accident in Bridgeport in August. Ayala was also criticized for not residing in the district that she was elected to represent, although under state law she has three months to move.

Top Democrats are taking a \”wait-and-see\” approach. Gabe Rosenberg, spokesman for incoming House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, said he is waiting for the legal process to play out.

DiNardo took a similar stance. \”I\’m not minimizing the situation but…we have to let the judicial system act on this before any decisions should be made,\’\’ she said.



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10 thoughts on “DiNardo on Ayala: \”The Judicial System Needs to Act\” Before Decisions are Made

  1. Ken Krayeske

    Madam Chair DiNardo & Mr. Rosenberg –

    We have a state representative elect who has been arrested twice before even being sworn in, the second arrest revealing that she doesn’t even live in the district she will represent. This arrest also reveals the potential of voter registration fraud, since she is registered to vote at a different address than where the arrest report claimed she lives. Even worse, both police reports seem to indicate Ayala attempted to invoke her status as an elected official to avoid arrest. She has demonstrated a reason for all of us to question her fitness for office.

    All of this, and you both say the jury is still out? This is not about waiting for the judicial system to act. This is about an unacceptable pattern of behavior from someone who is not even sworn into office yet. This is about holding people elected to office accountable for unethical behavior. This is about building trust in democratic institutions. This is about finding the best and the brightest, not selecting the people who have connections in a very closed clique like the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee.

    I didn’t think Ayala could have an encore performance after the hit and run, but now, I wonder what will she do next, and what will top level Democrats say after the next headline to excuse her violations of the public trust?

    Ken Krayeske

    1. Kim

      GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT. I guess Ayala is not entitled to protection under the law until she has been convicted at least once – then she’ll have all the protections not generally afforded to victims and innocent people.

      I am not an Ayala supporter, nor am I very familiar with her. Perhaps that’s why I can allow for the legal process to proceed before we determine the truth and subsequent penalties, if any.

      Nice job, Ken. Objectivity doesn’t seem to be your strong suit in this instance.

      1. Ken Krayeske

        Of course not. This is not about convictions. This is about fitness for office. I said Lou DeLuca should have resigned as Senator when he was arrested. I said Hector Robles should have resigned as state representative when he was arrested. I said Eddie Perez should have resigned as mayor when he got arrested. It is not the conviction in the case of a public figure who has cast a pall over the public trust, it is the breach of trust that begins with an arrest. If you resign, and are found innocent, then the voters will re-elect you. But don’t let your personal sideshow interrupt the work of the people.

        And in this case, two arrests in less than four months signals trouble on the horizon. Objective? I don’t have to be objective here. I have an opinion that our representatives may be human and thus imperfect, but they should do their best to keep their nose clean and represent their constituents honorably. Two misdemeanor arrests in less than six months for anything other than civil disobedience is not keeping your nose clean.

      2. Kim

        You’ve made a lot of assumptions, Ken, the biggest of which is that the arrests are justified. With ‘breaches of trust’ evident throughout our government, including within the law enforcement arena, you assume that there is no such breach in either or both of these two arrests. Political motivations are a strong incentive and should not be excluded from consideration – the prisons are full of people unjustly arrested and convicted.

        “If you resign, and are found innocent, then the voters will re-elect you.” You don’t generally come off as naive or obtuse, but this statement puts that in doubt. Tell that to the teacher wrongly accused of sexual abuse of a student. Tell that to the McMartins’ of pre-school fame in the 1980s’. Even though all charges were dropped after the longest, most expensive trial in American history to that point, their reputation was ruined. Would you leave your children with them after reading of the charges in the paper? They were found innocent so that should be sufficient for you to do so post-trial, but it’s unlikely that you would. Yet you think a re-election would be free and clear of any prejudice to Ayala if she resigns?

        You are proud of your consistency regarding calling for the resignation of public officials with any ‘taint’ of illegality surrounding their actions – I get it. That doesn’t make your position right. EVERYONE in this country has the right to be judged fairly before being convicted, regardless of personal feelings. Those involved with the press should hold themselves to a higher standard, IMO.

      3. Kim

        And by the way, Ken: it’s positions like yours that cause good, honest politicians to avoid running for office. Everyone has something in their past that could be sensationalized into calls for their resignation. The desire to avoid public witch-hunts is likely depriving the citizens of this country the opportunity to elect GOOD, honest representatives into office – leaving us with the likes of Obama and Romney (at the national level) to choose from to choose from at critical times in our countries’ history.

        Before we drag people through the mud, we should be sure that they deserve to be there.

  2. Lucie

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  3. Tim White

    Ken… The system is corrupt. Look no further than the Donovan campaign.

    In an effort to mitigate that corruption, I’ve already spoken with Sharkey requesting him to restore subpoena power for state’s attorneys. I’m hoping that he’ll at least allow real debate on the topic.

    Something needs to change.


    1. Tim White

      IMO, Ayala’s issues are a symptom of the corrupt system. A system in which legislative comity and legislator self-interest outweigh good government and the public’s interest.

  4. susan powers

    Christina Ayala-this woman , before being elected,runs a stop sign in an area she knows well, with two children in her car,hits another car, takes off evading responsibility, then a few blocks up, pulls over,concerned only with her own car to inspect and because of a decent citizen chasing her down gets caught!she deserved to lose representing anybody. she already has a sense of entitlement, she has her connections, all that is wrong with politics is what she represents and the people voted for her anyway!Whats next,shoot her bullying boyfriend and get away with that too?Lets give, her a paycheck and free insurance, and maybe throw in a pension too!A woman who doesnt live in her own district,gets elected for having no conscience,family connections and obviously no compassion for the people she could have killed. The citizens who voted her in are obviously stupid and the world is a less better place. God Help us!

    1. Kim

      If Ayala is found guilty after appropriate legal actions are taken, then she doesn’t deserve any of the benefits that public office provides, such as insurance, pension, etc. This should be a no-brainer.

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