Lawmaker Calls Dems 'Really Bad People' After Verbal Attack

November 01, 2018 - 2:06 pm

TOLLAND, Conn. (AP) — A Republican state representative in Connecticut is calling Democrats "really bad people" after being verbally attacked on the campaign trail.

Tolland Rep. Samuel Belsito Jr. told the Journal Inquirer that he and two women campaigning with him were verbally accosted Sunday at a coffee shop in town by a man he called "one of the rudest people I've ever met." He said the man tore up their campaign sign and hurled profanities at them.

The 76-year-old Belsito reported the incident to state police, who are investigating. He's running for a third term against Democrat Pat Wilson Pheanious, of Ashford.

Pheanious expressed sympathy for Belsito, but said his comment about Democrats being bad people was "ridiculous." She said the man might not even be a Democrat, just someone upset with Belsito.