Connecticut State Senator Edwin A. Gomes believes he’s not qualified to vote on contracts negotiated between the governor and public employee unions. That, even though state law requires a legislative vote. Of course, for years, Democrats have sidestepped going on the record to vote for the contracts, and if 30 days go by without a vote, the contracts automatically become law. But with the Republicans now sharing power in the Senate with their counterparts, the days of not voting on contracts, at least for now, are gone.
“Who the hell am I to negate it (contracts),” Sen. Gomes, a Bridgeport Democrat told the Sunday Republican newspaper of Waterbury. Gomes insists lawmakers should respect the contracts that were negotiated and not get involved in the process, even though billions of taxpayers dollars are at stake. The paper reports Gomes is a longtime international representative for the United Steelworkers of America, so that may be the real reason he doesn’t want to get involved. Besides, what’s a few billion dollars of taxpayers money?