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Crime & Punishment: East Haven Elementary School Playground a Hot Spot For Addicts and Sex Fiends
State Rep. Christina Ayala's car and boyfriend have caused her nothing but trouble recently. Now one has made sure the other isn't a problem anymore. Last year, first-time candidate Ayala was charged with a hit-and-run in Bridgeport weeks before Election Day. This didn't phase a city that routinely sees its leaders jailed for corruption, so Ayala, 29, still won the 128th Assembly District seat. Before she was even sworn in, she was arrested again, this time on assault charges, for an alleged spat with her beau, Pedro Rodriguez. While many politicians let elected office change them, Ayala is apparently still the same charmer. Rodriguez's new girlfriend, Alessandra Reyes, claims the lawmaker has been sending her antagonistic text messages. "I'm his lady ir [sic] his hoe!" read one that Reyes shared with the Connecticut Post. (The paper, which confirmed the texts came from Ayala's number, said some "were too sexually explicit to publish.") Reyes claims Ayala and her sister jumped her at a Bridgeport bar last week, pulling her hair and punching her. This is what apparently caused Rodriguez, 37, to douse two cars, Ayala's Nissan 2007 Sentra and her sister's 1995 Toyota Camry, with gasoline and set them ablaze.
By Nick Keppler
October 1, 2013