Sampson calls Courant article fair but critical of headline

Hartford CourantConnecticut State Representative Rob Sampson, R-Wolcott, calls a Hartford Courant article about him fair, although he is critical of the headline for the story.

Headlined: “Liberal Group Says GOP Lawmaker’s Proposals Resemble ‘Grinch Who Stole Christmas,’ the story  covered a statement by the Connecticut branch of the Working Family Party, critical of legislation pre-filed by Sampson.  Making Connecticut a “right-to-work” state, penalizing state colleges and universities for protecting illegal immigrants and making it harder for state employee unions to lobby were among the pieces of legislation filed by Sampson.  That led the WFP to issue a statement, which began: “The ‘Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ award goes to Representative Rob Sampson…’  The statement then lambasted Sampson for his stances on the issues.

In the story, Sampson explained his position: “Utterly dishonest,” he said of the WFP statement.  “I’m not attacking immigrants.  I’m trying to affect public policy to benefit the citizens of our state as a priority over people in the country illegally.”

On a Linked In post, Sampson wrote: “Despite the title, a fair article where I respond to the screeching from far left groups outraged by my desire to protect the rule of law, grow our state economy and protect the jobs of Connecticut citizens.”