There are no Chick fil-A locations in Connecticut, so Mitch Beck, an executive recruiter who is hosting a state Republican Party shindig at his home in Monroe, planned to have someone drive out to the one in Paramus, N.J., and pick up 100 sandwiches for the event — just to be a dick (or, in his words, support the "First Amendment rights" of gay-bashing Chick fil-A president Dan Cathy). Beck relented after the candidates attending started "catching heat for it, which was not the intent," he told the Monroe Patch website, adding, "There was never any intent to hurt anybody's feelings or even to take a side on a gay rights issue" (which you may have mistakenly thought because Chick fil-A is at the center of a gay rights issue). Beck has decided to donate 90 of the sandwiches he ordered to a homeless shelter, reports the Connecticut Post, keeping 10 for himself "to see what they taste like." They taste like ground-up bird parts and hate, Mitch.
Brian Jossie, once seen in the WWE ring as the wrestler A.W., told Greenwich Time he was fired for encouraging his Twitter followers to support the WWE's former CEO in her second bid for U.S. Senate. After tweeting "[V]ote for Linda McMahon!!!" the day before the primary, Jossie claims he got an irked response from the Stamford-based entertainment conglomerate because McMahon has been trying to distance herself from the raunchy content of WWE productions. (Case in point: On a recent episode of "Monday Night Raw," Jossie said a fellow wrestler was as "unstoppable" as "Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado," but he claims he was only given a warning for that rape joke.) Though McMahon won the primary, she lost Jossie's support. One of his more recent tweets: "Creates jobs my ass! I'm fired thanks to you and your campaign."
[UPDATE 8/22, 3:05pm -The WWE has sent us the following response to this story: "WWE is a non-partisan organization. Superstars as well as employees are free to support any political party or candidate they choose. Unfortunately, Brian Jossie, playing the character of A.W., was terminated because he continued to exhibit poor judgment by making offensive and inappropriate comments on live television and on social media."]
Twenty-four hours after winning the Democratic nomination for a seat in the state General Assembly, Christina Ayala of Bridgeport started the general election off with a bang — literally. Ayala, 29, was arrested after allegedly driving through a red light (with two children, ages 7 and 13, in her car), collided with a Honda Accord and then fled the scene, getting several blocks before she was chased down by a third motorist who saw the collision. Political experts told the Connecticut Post that Ayala will still likely win in the general election because it's Bridgeport and she's a Democrat from a political family. (Ayala is running for a seat being vacated her cousin). Her father even said the other driver should been more alert for people who totally disregard traffic signals. "This is Bridgeport," said Tito Ayala. "People take stop signs, they take traffic lights every day."
Maurice K. Carr Jr. formed the Clinton Taxpayers Association to lobby the town to scrap plans to build a new school at the cost of $64.5 million. After voters approved of the project in a referendum, Carr vowed to fight on but he has apparently stooped to desperate measures. Carr, 66, was arrested for allegedly stealing petitions in favor of the new school from Town Hall. Lest you think he may have inadvertently took them after viewing the documents for research, Carr denied having them to a municipal employee, police told the New Haven Register, but relented when police got involved. (Ironically, the town clerk says the petitions were invalid anyway because they lacked a necessary "circulator's statement.")
At about 3 a.m. on a recent Monday, 24-year-old Edgard Dubon dove into a donation bin outside a Darien bank, allegedly to steal the clothing inside, but became stuck inside and was forced to call police. Officers couldn't find a way to pull Dubon out and called firefighters to cut a hole in the side of the metal contraption, reports the Darien Patch website. Because of frequent thefts from such bins, the container had been designed so that the opening did not open from the inside (as a written statement on the side of the bin warned) making it like a human-sized version of a catch-and-release mouse trap.
Recently, Grace Edwards discovered that Connecticut Light & Power was charging her for the energy consumed by two street lamps near her Cheshire home, an error that caused her to be billed an extra $35 or so since she moved in in 1987. Her phone calls convinced CL&P to remove the street lights from her bill but Edwards says it wasn't until she called the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and then the media and then the state Office of Consumer Counsel that the company finally reimbursed her for 25 years of overcharge. The resultant check totaled more than $10,500, reports the New Haven Register.
After she was stopped for allegedly speeding through a construction site in Middletown, Stephanie Charlitze Londono reportedly told the officer, "Go [expletive] yourself; I'm doing the speed limit!," while holding up her middle finger. After a brief argument over whether her comment was protected by the First Amendment, Londono, 21, was arrested on charges of breach of peace, interfering with an officer and failure to carry minimal insurance, reports the Middletown Patch website.