Shelton mayoral candidate apologizes for comments made in 1992
A Shelton mayoral candidate has apologized for the insensitive comments he made in 1992 and said they were misinterpreted.
Former Shelton and Marine Police Officer David Eldridge, who is running as a Democrat, told the aldermen nearly 30 years ago that he wanted “to find ways to keep blacks and Spaniards and white garbage out of town “.
He says he was only trying to resist the crack cocaine epidemic in 1992 and the absentee landlords, and he didn’t want to hurt anyone.
“There is a different way of saying this today, but the original problem of fighting crime and preventing our neighborhoods from falling apart and protecting our school-going children and our elders is still there,” Eldrige said.
Eldridge thinks Republicans are looking for anything to hit him. He says Mayor Mark Lauretti named him Connecticut Police Officer of the Year many years ago.
Shelton Police Chief Shawn Sequeira told News 12: “His past and current comments do not reflect the core values ââof the Shelton Police Department. SPD takes pride in his conduct on and off duty and continues to respect all races and diversity We understand that there is a fine line between free speech and hate speech supported by the Police Accountability and Hate and Bias Crimes Bill. “
Lauretti is running for a 16th term at Shelton this fall. He told News 12 that “leopards don’t change spots” in response to Eldridge’s earlier comments.