Report by Paula Antolini
November 10, 2018, 7:52AM EDT
Photo: Raghib Allie-Brennan (center) is with Kevin Lembo and Jeff Currey in Bethel, Connecticut. (Photo credit: “Raghib for State Representative” campaign.)
Raghib Allie-Brennan Says ‘Rainbow Wave’ Swept the Nation on Tuesday
After winning the race for CT State Representative on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, in his second attempt to gain this position, Raghib Allie-Brennan issued the following statement with the photo above, on his “Raghib for State Representative” Facebook page:
“I’m excited to be a part of the Rainbow Wave that swept the nation on Tuesday. Members of the LGBTQ community have been serving our country for generations. The difference is that we can now do it out in the open and we can bring that part of our identity to our service. Thank you to the LGBTQ Victory Fund for your early endorsement and support of my candidacy. I hope to be a strong voice for the LGBTQ community as we take our rightful place in positions of leadership.”
Democrats were seen celebrating in Sycamore Restaurant in Bethel, CT on Wednesday afternoon.
Allie-Brennan’s campaign was not without controversy as his official home address was under question when former Republican State Representative and U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Carter filed an official election complaint with the SEEC on November 5, 2018, regarding possible violations of state election law by Democratic State Representative candidate Raghib Allie-Brennan.
The complaint states that Allie-Brennan, a candidate for State Representative in the 2nd Assembly District at the time, has allegedly “been using a vacant home owned by his parents as his residence for the purpose of his campaign and voting.” The story was “confirmed with local realtors that the home has been vacant for the last few years, and was listed as vacant at the time Allie-Brennan filed with the SEEC and voted in the 2018 primary.”
“If Allie-Brennan willfully used a vacant residence owned by relatives as his address for his campaign and his voting residence, he may have violated the law,” Carter said. “Living in another town is immaterial, but being deceptive on a form that results in the receipt of taxpayer dollars and voting from an address that is not actually your residence is worth looking into by an agency with the resources to conduct a fair investigation.”
The complaint against Allie-Brennan was submitted by certified mail and was received by the SEEC on November 7, 2018, and is pending investigation.