What a surprise! New Haven Mayor John DeStefano is the big winner in the "Who Gets $15,000 of Taxpayer Dollars for His Campaign" sweepstakes. DeStefano was running against James Newton in the Democratic Primary until Newton failed to get enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.
The $15,000 that DeStefano received under New Haven's public campaign finance system, and as the New Haven Register editorializes today, there is no mechanism for the city's Democracy Fund to get the money back. In fact DeStefano can apply for another grant later during the general election. And just how viable will that candidate be that he faces in the general?
In other words, DeStefano will take $30,000 of taxpayer dollars in an economically depressed city which could use those funds for school books, education, infrastructure improvements etc, and will be using it to by bumper stickers, campaign signs, and maybe little sponges that showcase photos of his enormous gargantuan head.
If DeStefano has any decency, he will give the money back, and not take any more.