Thursday roundup

Because it's been a while....

  • A SuperPac targets Roraback.

    For months now the Connecticut Democratic Party has had a tracker armed with a video camera following Republican Sen. Andrew Roraback around the 5th District. Now a labor-backed Super PAC is spending more than $200,000 on a television ad attacking him.

    The Patriotic Majority USA PAC plans to run an ad criticizing Roraback, who is one of four candidates vying for the Republican nomination, in next Tuesday's primary.

  • NHI: "Post-Batman, Mayor Calls For Theater Gun Ban"

    A New Haven lawyer said he had every right to carry a loaded .40-caliber pistol into a Batman movie in downtown New Haven Tuesday night. Mayor John DeStefano said he shouldn't be able to.

    The remarks came at dueling press conferences Wednesday afternoon following an incident Tuesday evening at Criterion-Bow Tie movie theaters on Temple Street, where police arrested a lawyer who had carried a gun into the theater.

    Sung-Ho Hwang (pictured at left), a 46-year-old lawyer and president-elect of the New Haven County Bar Association, was arrested Tuesday night at an evening showing of the latest Batman movie at the Criterion. Three patrons saw him carry a gun into the theater and- on the heels of a mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo. screening of the same movie last month-called the cops. They swept into the theater and charged Hwang with breach of peace and interfering after he allegedly refused to obey orders to show his hands.

    Hwang was carrying a gun in a holster at the small of his back. He has a permit to carry the gun and said Wednesday afternoon that he had done nothing wrong.

    At a 4 p.m. press conference Wednesday, Mayor John DeStefano and Police Chief Dean Esserman stood behind the cops and condemned Hwang's behavior. DeStefano said people shouldn't carry guns into dark movie theaters.

    "Just because something is legal, doesn't make it right," DeStefano said.

  • Only in Bridgeport!

    With six days left until the Aug. 14 Democratic primary that features the State Senate war between incumbent Ed Gomes, Ernie Newton and State Rep. Andres Ayala, the Town Clerk's Office has received about 500 absentee ballots from roughly 1300 applications to vote by AB. Elections officials are bracing for a last-minute dump as campaign operatives urge their identified voters to mail in the ballots. Unless, of course, operatives assist voters in mailing them, which is illegal. (They wouldn't do that, would they?)

    Most of the absentee ballot action is coming from the Ayala and Newton camps. Elections officials have picked off a number of duplicate applications which generally means the respective campaign camps are going after the same people to vote by absentee ballot. Lots of luck. The Gomes campaign has filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission in the hope state elections officials try to skunk out the absentee ballot action. Lots of luck.

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