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.