State Republican Chairman Jerry Labriola on Thursday raised questions about Rep.-elect Christina Ayala’s judgement following two run-ins with the law and the disclosure that she did not live in her district at the time of her election in November.
“Christina Ayala has not yet been sworn to office and her decision-making and judgment are already being called to question. Misleading voters and state elections officials about where she lives is a serious issue and a violation of the public trust. Compounded by two arrests, her own actions have created cause for concern about whether she should be a state government leader,” Labriola said in a statement.
The night after her primary victory in August, Ayala, a democrat from Bridgeport, was involved in a hit-and-run accident and charged with evading responsibility. Earlier this month, she was arrested for allegedly slapping her boyfriend during a fight.
Labriola said Ayala needs to resolve her legal and residency issues prior to being sworn in or step aside.
Under state law, Ayala has until the start of her term — Jan. 9 — to establish her residency in the 128th district.
Last week a spokesman for incoming House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said Ayala understands the residency requirement and assured him that she will be living in the district when she is sworn in.