July 7, 2022

Letter to the Editor: Clarifying the Contrasting Positions of Carney, Rubino on Critical Matters

To the Editor:

Human rights attorney Dave Rubino is challenging Devin Carney for the House of Representatives seat in the 23rd District.  Dave’s position on many social issues differs markedly from Devin’s.  As indicated on Dave’s campaign website, he supports:

  1. criminal justice reform;
  2. a strong social safety net;
  3. adequate paid family and medical leave; and
  4. a reasonable living wage. 

On the other hand, Devin voted AGAINST the following bills in the Connecticut General Assembly:

  • 2020–HB 6004, An Act Concerning Police Accountability;
  • 2019–SB 380, An Act Concerning the Use of Force and Pursuits by Police and Increasing Police Accountability and Transparency;
  • 2019—SB 1, An Act Concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave;
  • 2019—HB 5004, An Act increasing the Minimum Fair Wage; and
  • 2018—HB 5460, An Act Concerning Minimum Employee Wages for Providers of State-Administered Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.

Please consider carefully which candidate’s positions more align with your own when you vote on November 3.


Betsy Groth,
Old Lyme.


  1. We are not electing someone to fill a position at the ACLU, we are electing someone to represent the well being of residents in the 23ed District. This will require one who can balance both social and financial aspects of any bill put before the general assembly. Devin can and has met this challenge.

  2. Betsy Groth says

    Mr Folland, I am perplexed by your reference to The ACLU. Can you help me with this?

    Betsy Groth APRN, PMHS
    Child and Family Advocate

  3. Christina J. & Thomas D. Gotowka says

    Betsy: Mr. Folland said the same thing to my wife and me regarding our support for Dave Rubino. Our response to him still stands: “Thanks for the segue. We doubt that Mr. Rubino has any intention, at this point in his professional career, to pursue a position with the ACLU. His already robust resume includes litigating national voting rights cases, fighting government corruption, and supporting the rights of women. “I have spent the better part of my career fighting for the rule of law, human rights and democratic ideals at home and abroad”.
    It has been previously stated in LymeLine that, as our representative in the CT House, He will advocate “for a minimum wage that can provide for a family, an overhaul of our toxic student debt system, a functioning and affordable public healthcare system, and environmental policies that reflect a realistic understanding of the risks and challenges we face”.Is “repetition still the greatest form of flattery”?

  4. The first three words in your initial letter speak to my comment regarding the ACLU. Those are code words typically indicating left of center policies that have never and will never gain support in the consertive 23ed.