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Conn. Mayor vetoes council vote to remove Columbus statue

December 18, 2020 GMT

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut mayor on Thursday vetoed a common council’s decision to remove and store the town’s Christopher Columbus statue.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart issued a statement condemning “cancel culture” and said that taking down the monument would set a bad precedent.

“Where does it end?” the Republican wrote. “Are we going to examine the battlefield tactics of generals Kosciuszko or Pulaski to ensure they adhered to the social mores of today?”

Local Republican leaders and Italian-American groups largely pushed to keep the statue at McCabe Park while local Democrats, Puerto Rican activists and the New Britain Racial Justice Coalition supported removing it from the property, the Hartford Courant reported.

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Democratic Alderman Chris Anderson said Thursday that he will look to override the veto next month.

An override requires 10 votes, the council voted 10-4 to remove the statue earlier this month. Overriding the veto would require the support of the Republican alderman who initially voted in favor of removing the statue.