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Hartford’s Joel Cruz: Why He Wants To Be Mayor

Photo: WFSB.com

Photo: WFSB.com

Bill Sarno


As a  man without a party in the Hartford mayoral race, Councilman Joel Cruz Jr. accepts he is an underdog, lacking party support and having less campaign funds and mainstream media exposure than the two high-powered candidates vying for the Democratic nomination.

However, Cruz sees his longshot status as also providing extra motivation and hopes to gain momentum through positive word of mouth and engaging potential voters on social media.

Running unaffiliated, Cruz qualified for the general election as a petitioning candidate on the ballot. Meanwhile, incumbent Mayor Pedro Segarra and Luke Bronin, formerly the governor’s general counsel who has the party organization’s nomination, still must go through the Sept.16 primary to see who heads the Democratic slate in November.

For Cruz,  online social networking beckons  as a potential game changer in politics and as a major reason that independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has …

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Marco Rubio: Says He Is Not Part Of Donald Trump’s ‘Freak Show’


The war of words between Donald Trump and Marco Rubio has taken a left-hand turn into carnival land.

The junior senator from Florida responded to the real estate mogul calling him a “clown” by telling NPR that he doesn’t want to get sucked into the Trump “freak show.”

Closing a wide-ranging interview broadcast Monday morning that touched on the crisis in Syria, relations with Russia and the looming budget showdown, Rubio was asked about Trump having referred to him as “this clown” at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

“I’m not interested in the back and forth to be a member or a part of his freak show,” Rubio answered, noting that Trump’s line drew boos from the crowd of social conservatives.

He also defended his own escalation of the verbal sparring between the two contenders for the Republican presidential nomination when he called Trump “touchy.”…

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Latino Groups Demand Apology Before Meeting with Trump

donaldtrump61815An association of Latino groups —including ASPIRA, Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund and the National Council of La Raza— has extended an invitation to meet with Donald Trump, but under one condition: he must first apologize for a string of comments he made against immigrants and Mexicans.

This isn’t the first qualified invitation the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda has sent to the vitriolic GOP frontrunner.

From NBC News Latino:

Hector Sanchez, president of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, said Tuesday the GOP presidential candidate had tried to meet with the group soon after he declared he was running for president and as businesses began responding to the group’s calls to sever ties with Trump.

But because of the statements Trump had made regarding Mexico – that it was sending rapists and criminals and people bringing drugs – as well as subsequent comments, the NHLA set conditions

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