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'It's All About Doing the Right Thing for Connecticut'

A rally was held for incumbent State Rep. DebraLee Hovey last week.

State Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R-112th) mingled with supporters as music from the band Rough Justice played at a rally at Leon and Cynthia Ambroseys' Monroe home on Thursday night. Hovey is seeking a sixth consecutive term representing Monroe and Newtown in Hartford.

During a short speech, Hovey alluded to the fact that she is not accepting public funds from the state for her reelection campaign.

"As you know, I don't take a penny from the taxpayers," she told the crowd. "You have to beat the bushes for me. Thank you Leon and Cindy for the fundraiser. Leon, though he's a Democrat, he's truly a good friend. My legacy as a state representative is that I'm non-partisan. And it's all about doing the right thing for Connecticut."

Leon Ambrosey said, "I think DebraLee, even though we don't agree on everything, she is very concerned for the town's well being. She's a true person."

Jeffrey Guttman, Monroe Republican Town Committee chairman, said, "It's a great event for DebraLee, especially since she isn't taking any public money whatsoever. We're very fortunate to have someone with her caliber and class to represent us up in Hartford and for everything she's done for Monroe and Newtown. We're all very proud of her and we couldn't ask for anything better."

On the Issues

Prior to her speech, Hovey told Patch she is a public servant, not a career politician. She said she wasn't going to run again when a couple of issues came up and she wanted to see them through.

Despite being in the minority party, Hovey said she works well with legislators across the aisle to get things done. In fact, after a bill she worked on allowing people and horses access to trails in state parks passed unanimously in the House was not put onto the docket in the Senate, Hovey said the majority party allowed it to be voted on in the special session.

Among the bills Hovey is proud of is a fertility bill making invitro fertilization a decision between a woman and her doctor. "If you're under the age of 40, you can skip A, B and C and go right to invitro," she said.

Hovey also touted a personal watercraft bill that she says improves safety for small children. Another bill she wants to pass would allow children born in prisons to bond with their mothers in a nursery.

"This is for the children, not the mothers," she said.

Hovey also wants to get rid of education mandates for towns who do not need it and to hold schools accountable to eliminate the student achievement gap.

Donna Gail September 03, 2012 at 11:50 PM
I'm sorry, but Debralee and her followers always seem to "forget" that she DID take public funding for her campaign in 2008 (you can look it up on the SEEC web site under ECRIS Search). I'm sick of hearing about how she's not taking taxpayer money. At this point in her political career, she doesn't have to do that much to win the election. But just as she did 2 years ago, she is boasting about not using the public campaign funds as if she's superior to her opponent because of it. But she did it herself! Personally I don't see anything wrong with using the citizens' election funding or whatever it is. The idea is to abide by the limits they set for campaigning - nothing wrong with that! What's wrong is saying you're not accepting public funds without mentioning that you did it 4 years ago.
John September 04, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Was it the right thing for Debra Lee to break the law and not follow the rules that rest of the citizens of Monroe have to follow and not pay her fair share of property taxes? Was it the right thing to try and terrorize her neighbor by putting a toilet on her front lawn with an image of a horror movie serial killer sitting on it? Was it the right thing for her to call own house a "sh*thole of a house," in the Conn. Post? Was it the right thing to do to oppose public unions when she told a large number of constituents that should wouldn't? Was it the right thing to oppose funding for helping abused women and children get out of their apartments and away from their abusers? Check her record, don't believe for a minute this woman is in to help you, she does not work well with others and she is fake as a three dollar bill. Check her record and see for yourself.
Mansfield September 04, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Did she ever explain why the toilet bowl was placed on her front lawn for all to see? Real classy!
Cara J. Kramer September 05, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Are you supposed to say what your own legacy is? She says hers is being non-partisan. That is an outright lie, and she repeats it constantly.

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