Most of the media in the state have been late (WFSB included) to the story of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and her whereabouts this week, and viewers have certainly called me on it. DeLauro has been vacationing in Italy, while her constituents in East Haven, Milford, and other towns in her district have been living in misery after Irene wreaked unprecented havoc. You can read more about DeLauro’s trip on www.ctcapitolreport.com
We’ve been accused of “giving DeLauro a pass,” considering the criticism other political leaders have received over the years for their roles (or lack thereof) in dealing with natural disasters. Nearly 40 years ago, failure to return to Connecticut during an ice storm led to the political demise of Governor Thomas Meskill. On the other hand, his successor, Ella Grasso became a legend for her leadership during the Blizzard of ’78. From President Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision making during the big snow storm this past winter, politicians are often held accountable when the people they serve are suffering from the acts of Mother Nature.
DeLauro’s aide has told reporters the Congresswoman has been very busy working on the aftermath of the storm. From her location on the Amalfi Coast, we are told DeLauro has been on conference calls and the like, and will be back in the district tomorrow to see the destruction first hand. The chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party says six days after the storm hit is too late. In a statement released tonight Jerry Labriola, Junior had this to say:
“This is a perfect example of how out of touch Congresswoman Delauro is with the residents of her district and the needs of our state. The Congresswoman should never have been abroad to begin with, rather in the district or at work addressing the ongoing unemployment crisis. On the other hand, given her continued endorsement of President Obama’s failed economic policies, perhaps our state would be better served if Delauro chose to take a permanent vacation”
No doubt DeLauro will face tough questions from reporters tomorrow.