A former long time commuter advocate from Darien has endorsed State Sen. John McKinney-R-Fairfield in the Aug. 12 Republican primary for having better fleshed out positions on fixing the New Haven Line.
In a letter sent to local print, television, and on-line media outlets, Cameron said that McKinney has a deeper understanding of the issues of commuters than his Republican primary opponent, former Ambassador to Ireland, Tom Foley.
Cameron was chairman of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council for 19 years before resigning in 2013 and founding the Commuter Action Group this winter to help coordinate dissatisfied commuters to make their complaints to the railroad.
Here is the text of his letter:
To The Editor:
This year’s Governor’s race will be a crucial one for the 125,000 daily riders on Metro-North. The dependability and affordability of daily commutation for Connecticut riders is essential to the state’s economy. But for a robust debate this fall on our transportation future, we need viable, articulate candidates.
Incumbent Dan Malloy’s track record speaks for itself. But who will run on the GOP ticket and best represent the interest of commuters? I think it should be John McKinney.
State Senator McKinney has served in the legislature since 1999, the last seven years as Minority Leader. As a Fairfield County resident, he knows commuter issues. But he also knows how to get things done in Hartford. Candidate McKinney has also made specific proposals to fix Metro-North.
His opponent, Tom Foley, has refused debates, offered no specific plans and has no clue about the problems of commuters. His arrogance on the campaign trail (telling reporters… “Why should I answer that question?”) is hardly reassuring.
A Malloy vs McKinney contest in November can only bring us a better, more informed debate on our transportation future. The Hartford Courant agrees, having endorsed the McKinney candidacy.
For 20 years I have been a strong advocate for rail commuters. That’s why I hope that all registered Republicans will get out and vote for John McKinney on Tuesday, August 12th.