In the most recent election for state attorney general, the voters of Newtown overwhelmingly chose Martha Dean to be Connecticut’s top law enforcer, but it remains to be seen if the town will still show her the love now that she has fed a controversy that has angered and hurt many Newtownians.
Dean certainly stepped into it when she posted a video on her Facebook page that purports that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, and that there may be a cover up. Dean instantly became a pariah in her own party as Republican after Republican denounced her post and subsequent comments. The video, featuring sloppy editing and misspellings, has been debunked by many of those close to the case.
Dean came in for a taping of Face the State a day after she was grilled by former Governor John Rowland on his afternoon radio show on WTIC AM 1080. Read coverage of that from the Courant’s Daniela Altimari: http://courantblogs.com/capitol-watch/john-rowland-takes-down-martha-dean-on-sandy-hook-hoax-video/
During our Face the State interview, Dean stood by her decision to post the video, while condemning and defending elements of it, but tried to distance herself from the controversy. She also called the media hypocritical for posting the hoax video themselves. I asked Dean how she would be dealing with Newtown had she been elected Attorney General, and whether she understands why many people view what she did as reprehensible. Dean pointed out that she beat George Jepsen in the 5th congressional district, but saoid she won’t run for CT-5 against Elizabeth Esty in 2014.
You can watch the entire interview that aired Sunday morning at 11 on Face the State on WFSB Channel 3, right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8237005
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