Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut expressed regret at last week’s attendance at an awards ceremony associated with the US Communist Party.
The Democratic senator said in a telephone interview with the Hartford Courant Friday, “From what I understand, this ceremony was purely a labor event.”
He explained that he had been invited by local unions to honor the three award-winning community members.
“If I knew the details, I wouldn’t go. … Let me say very emphatically, I am a Democrat and a firm believer in American capitalism. I have always been a Democrat and a staunch supporter and supporter of American capitalism, ”he said.
Blumenthal attended the annual Amistad Awards at New Haven Church hosted by the Connecticut People’s World Committee (CPWC) on December 11. CPWC is affiliated with the United States Communist Party.
Blumenthal was presented Lisa Bergmann, a member of the Communist Party, as a “special surprise guest” at the event, after admitting “how important the Communist Party is in our [Labor] motion.”
Blumenthal thanked Azuchen Santiago, an SEIU union activist, for “resisting McDonald’s.” Santiago is an employee of the Interstate 95 service center for the fast food chain and is involved in advocacy efforts to support unions in the restaurant industry.
Senators thanked two other award winners; Democratic Senator Julie Kushner of Danbury and Pastor Rodney Wade of Long Hill Bible Church in Waterbury.
After Blumenthal’s performance, Bergmann as presenter encouraged viewers to join the Communist Party.
“If you are not yet a member of the Communist Party [USA], we invite you to participate, contribute and join, ”she said. “More and more people are talking about socialism in this country as it becomes more and more obvious that capitalism will not work for our future.”
The senator’s presence at the event drew widespread criticism from victims of communism as well as those tired of the extreme left.
Meanwhile, the senator did not criticize his presence: “People will do what they are going to do. I’ll just keep doing my job for the Connecticut people. “
“There’s a lot at stake in the Senate right now – voting rights, the ongoing pandemic, making childcare affordable, lowering the price of prescription drugs. This is where I am focused. “
No other prominent Democrats attended the ceremony.