The brother of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting is speaking out after Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont issued a hard-hitting and emotional TV ad featuring the daughter of the principal that was killed at the Sandy Hook shooting.
“Bob Stefanowski has an ‘A’ rating from the NRA. He would go back to the laws that allowed my mom to be murdered. Don’t let Bob Stefanowski become Governor,” Erica Lafferty Garbatini said in the commercial.
J.T. Lewis is the brother of Jesse Lewis, who was one of the 20 children and six adults killed on December 14, 2012. Lewis issued a reaction Friday to this campaign ad from Lamont.
This morning I saw your appalling ad that attempted to exploit, for your own political gain, the Sandy Hook massacre, which took the life of my little brother.
By preposterously accusing your opponent of supporting murder in an attempt to win an election, you have cross the line. Using our loved ones as a political weapon is shameful and disrespectful to the memories of our families. I think it’s time aspiring politicians stop using tragedy to win elections.
I, of course, full respect and support Ms. Garbatini’s decision to make her opinion known, as I am doing now. However, I am deeply disappointed by this disgusting ad. I can’t respect anyone who attempts to politicize the pain and suffering of our loss for their own personal and political gain.
If you choose to leave this disrespectful ad up, that will speak volumes about your personal decency and character to Connecticut voters.
Stefanowski spoke with News 8’s Mark Davis Thursday, and said Lamont should not be using the Sandy Hook tragedy for political purposes.
He added, “He’s been maliciously misrepresenting my positions for weeks now. That one crosses the line. He should be embarrassed with himself. I’ve got three daughters. I’m absolutely for school safety. That ad is insulting and he should pull it down.”
Stefanowski said school safety is number one and that Connecticut has the strongest gun laws
in the country, but declined to say if he would move to roll back the restrictions on certain weapons and ammunition in the Sandy Hook gun law.