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GOP Senate leader accuses state economist of partisan bias

October 11, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Republican state Senate leader is accusing a University of Connecticut economist and professor of overstepping his role and wading into partisan politics.

Sen. Len Fasano sent a letter Thursday to Fred Carstensen, calling on him to retract comments he recently made to Hearst Connecticut Media criticizing Republican businessman and gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski.

In the article, Carstensen says there’s nothing in Stefanowski’s resume “to argue that he brings any useful experience or skills to public service.”

Fasano says those remarks, as well as criticisms of the president’s policies, show political bias and are inappropriate for an economist.

Carstensen says he’s nonpartisan, pointing out how he’s been critical and supportive of Republicans and Democrats. Carstensen says he’s also a business historian who is professionally qualified to critique Stefanowski’s business record.