Saturday, August 4, 2012
"You didn't Build that Island" - Obama Fundraisers to Deny Thousands a Day at the Beach.(TCP).HT: WhiteHouseDossier.The popular Sherwood Island State Park in Westport will be closed Monday because President Barack Obama plans to use it as a helicopter base for his nearby campaign-fundraising stops. At the height of the summer vacation and beach season, the 238-acre beach on Long Island Sound will be shut down all day so the president can use the park to arrive for and depart from private, high-roller fundraising events, culminating with a $35,800-a-head gathering for the glitterati at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's waterfront Westport manse.
Thousands of discouraged bathers may be turned away and the state will lose parking fees of $9 for state residents and $15 for out-of-state cars. House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, charged Friday "it's outrageous" that the regional destination will be shut down for the entire day for private political reasons."Could you imagine if a Republican ever did such a thing? They'd be screaming from every corner," Cafero said.
"This is supposed to be the party and the president of the people? To close this state park in August for purely partisan political reasons is outrageous. People are going to be on their one-week vacation and they can't get into Sherwood Island?"Requests for comment from the White House were deferred to the Chicago-based Obama campaign, which did not reply. The Secret Service did not return a request for comment.State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, whose district also includes Sherwood Island, said it would make more sense for the presidential chopper to land at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford or Tweed-New Haven. "I'm flabbergasted," she said Friday night. "It's unfathomable that someone would make that kind of decision. The perception will be that they're taking advantage of a public park for a private purpose. And they call Mitt Romney an elitist."Hmmmm....."When Mr. Obama says, "Everyone plays by the same set of rules," it means they conform to his rules. .Read the full story here.