In the 19th Senatorial District contest to replace retiring state Sen.
Edith Prague, D-Columbia, we endorse Sprague Democratic First Selectman
As first selectman, Osten has demonstrated the sound fiscal judgment
needed to hold the line on property taxes during difficult economic
times while at the same time continuing to invest in her community’s
As a regional leader, Osten was selected to serve on the governor’s Two
Storm Panel that investigated and recommended changes in response to
the two storms that knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of
Connecticut residents last year.
And she has been, and continues to be an outspoken advocate for the
young and old, working families and the poor. She is determined,
dedicated and independent.
Her opponent, state Rep. Christopher Coutu, R-Norwich, cast the single
No vote against a jobs bill, a $600 million bipartisan effort last year
to jump start a sluggish economic recovery. Coutu says it was an act of
It wasn’t, but it epitomizes an unwillingness to compromise and the
kind of political posturing that he has exhibited many times in his four
years in the House, such as suing the governor and Democratic
leadership alleging a violation of the State Constitution in enacting an
unbalanced budget, having himself several weeks earlier done the exact
same thing in voting for an unbalanced budget.
We also find his disdain that he has shown for his opponent unbecoming
and unnecessary, and in particular his criticism of her state pension —
which she earned as a Correctional Department officer.
Two yearsago in a similar match-up, we endorsed Coutu over Osten while
expressing our concern regarding her unwavering support of state
employee unions in an even more difficult economic climate that required
state unions to make major concessions.
Osten’s strong declaration that she owes no apologies to anyone for
sticking up for working men and women is, in our opinion, admirable, and
we are confident today that if elected she will serve the best
interests of all Connecticut’s citizens.
Voters in the 19th Senatorial District will be well represented with the election of Catherine Osten.