Tom Bozek, the former state senator and self-described “conservative Democrat”, wants a soapbox to spew his racially divisive views and bizarre ideas on shrinking New Britain via the elimination of low-income households.
The New Britain Republican Party has obliged Bozek, anointing him as the Republican nominee for state Senate against Democrat Donald DeFronzo, who ousted Bozek from the state Senate in 2002 behind a broad-based coalition of Democrats and Unaffiliated voters. In that 2002 contest Bozek bitterly blamed more than 1,200 newly registered Hispanic voters for his loss.
Republican Town Chair Paul Carver sheepishly told the New Britain Herald on September 27th “nobody came forward but Tom. He’s got a conservative record, and the committee did not want the seat to go unchallenged.”
Bozek’s nomination points to the sorry state of the local GOP. Of 3,600 Republicans in New Britain and a few thousand more in Berlin, local Republicans couldn’t field any fresh, conservative blood to oppose DeFronzo.
Bozek, who still occupies a seat on the Democratic Town Committee in District 1, revived his tirades against “the professional poor” and “minorities” last year in an unsuccessful, independent bid for Councillor at Large. According to the Herald, Bozek is attacking public housing, Section 8 rental stipends and Senator DeFronzo again.
The 2008 Bozek isn’t hiding his racially charged rhetoric and campaign against the poor:
“We have 11,000 kids, when we should have 7,000.”
“These people destroy these places (public housing). They are 80 percent minorities…They can’t make friends with people in their own neighborhoods.”
While Bozek has been espousing an anti-public housing and anti-family housing stance for most of the last two decades, Senator DeFronzo points out that Bozek never introduced a bill on the public housing issue while in the state Senate. There is also a bit of irony in a candidate such as Bozek attacking the “professional poor” He is a big beneficiary of taxpayers as he cleverly worked the system to become “a double- or triple dipper” in receipt of public pensions — the last being arranged by former Republican leader Lou DeLuca who employed Bozek briefly to qualify him for more income on the public’s dime.
The nomination of Bozek by Republicans may ensure that the party filled a line on the November ballot. However, they are getting a candidate whose divisiveness and appeals to the lowest common denominator may shrink their numbers even more in 2008.