Skip to comments.Mayor demands apology after Limbaugh takes shot at Bristol (city in CT, not Palin)
Posted on 12/06/2010 8:44:38 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
BRISTOL Americas most popular radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, blasted Bristol the other day for supposedly making off with some of the $3.3 trillion in loans given to businesses by the Federal Reserve during the recession.
While the charge is false even absurd given the citys paltry place in the financial arena Limbaugh didnt stop there.
He described Bristol to his millions of listeners as nothing more than ESPN.
Thats all thats there: ESPN and a couple of cheap hotels, Limbaugh said on his nationally syndicated show Thursday.
That was more than enough to stir Bristols mayor, Art Ward.
Ward fired off a note Friday demanding an apology from Limbaugh to the people of the city he slurred with his erroneous venom.
I insist that you render us all an apology for your characterization of the city as only having ESPN and a few cheap hotels, Ward said.
We are extremely proud of our community, being the home of ESPN, being hard working, patriotic people, with the fifth largest veterans population in the state of Connecticut, Ward said, then mentioned that Money Magazine recently cited the city as one of its Top 100 in which to live.
We have a national, state and city pride which is second to none and take exception to your callous, irresponsible characterization of our home, Ward said.
Limbaugh could not be reached for comment late Friday or Saturday.
On the show, Limbaugh talked extensively about stories in a variety of newspapers about companies that got federal loans during the credit crunch at the start of the recession, most of them big players on Wall Street or the world of commerce.
After Limbaugh pointed out that General Electric got about $116 million in loans, he added that even the California State Teachers Retirement System got some of this money.
The city of Bristol, Connecticut, General City Retirement Fund got some of this money.
The talk show giant said that both retirement funds were going to the Federal Reserve and borrowing money.
That simply isnt true.
The city of Bristol did not receive any of the monies which you were alluding to us receiving along with General Electric, Ward told Limbaugh
What the citys retirement fund actually did was something quite different.
The head of the citys Retirement Board, T.J. Barnes, who also heads Bristols Republican Party, said the city took advantage of the chance to invest some of its surplus pension money in a new federal program aimed at making more credit available to business.
The city put money into the program, he said, in the hope of making a profit for its already flush pension accounts.
Barnes said that Bristol didnt get one penny from the government as a loan or a grant. It merely made some money by investing in the program and could have come up short had things worked out differently.
Barnes said that Limbaugh was wrong in including Bristol among loan recipients, though he blamed confusing news stories for misleading the radio guru.
It isnt clear whether Limbaugh has ever been in Bristol.
For a brief time, he was a commentator for ESPN, but resigned in 2003 after many people thought one of his remarks about NFL quarterback Donovann McNabb was racist.
his remarks about DM were right on the button....witness DM’s career since then....
Two other recipients were the California State Teachers Retirement System and the City of Bristol (Connecticut) General City Retirement Fund.
“barnes said that Limbaugh was wrong in including Bristol among loan recipients, though he blamed confusing news stories for misleading the radio guru.”
then blame the folks who did the reports, not rush for running with the story that should have been checked out before it was released.
Then why not demad an appology for whatever media outlet published the misleading stories that misled the "radio guru?" Well, we can't have the actual source of the information held to account - not when we can attack a conservative radio host!
5th largest veteran’s population isn’t saying much considering the size of Connecticut. Cheap motels in the home of espn,imagine that.
Yes, I’d say that if the facts are wrong, then Bloomberg is to blame. The City of Bristol is the only example they give of fed funds going to municipal retirement accounts, although I’m sure there were many worse examples.
Many people? Love those lib weasel words. How many? Twenty million people watching the game and 34 thought that his remarks were racist?
I recall what Rush said--That the media was bending over backwards to favor McNabb because they badly wanted a Black quarterback to succeed. Which was totally true and totally not a racist remark. By the way, substitute "Obama" for "McNabb" and "president" for "quarterback" and you have the exact same phenomenon in 2008.
Such surveys typically include "proximity to NYC" as one of the criteria.
Sometimes bragging just proves how small time you really are. Fifth largest in Conneticut. Isn't that like bragging you came in 5th in a 5 person race?
And money’s fungible. It’d be interesting to see if the retirement fund received a sudden influx after a grant to some other city entity was received.
Oh, okay...I'm SORRY that your city only has ESPN and a few cheap hotels.
Rush was right then and it's still true today. Watched the post game show on Comcast after mcnabb's stunningly bad performance in NY...even bad for mcnabb and that's BAD and Chick Hernadez, Brian Mitchell and Trevor Madidge just absolutely refused to blame him for the 2 INT's he threw and his fumble. i don't know why this Philadelphia reject gets the kid glove treatment other than affirmative action. It's the only reason I can think of because the guys is a steaming pile of crap as a QB.
I suspect that the Mayor of Bristol, Conneticut saw an opportunity to bolster the city's tourism by taking offense and thus garner some free publicity off of Limbaugh.
I wouldn’t want to offend anyone who resides there, or takes pride in that town..
... But I’m in Bristol CT at this very moment. This place is a total pit.
It’s got a nice look to it - but the gangs that rove the streets are violent and plentiful. Check out the movie “Bristol Boys” sometime. It’s accurate.
It doesn’t sound that bad. I think the Bristol Mayor could have said nothing and nobody would have really made much of it. Now that he made it into a fight, it will be all over the media. Sometimes it is better to say nothing at all, Mr. Mayor.
Rush will be on in few minutes...should be fun show as he responds to this.
Thankfully, the LSM learned their lesson with McNabb and don’t bend over backwards anymore to see a black man succeed.
Oh wait ..
Bristol backed Democrat Obama by an overwhelming margin in 2008. Obama won 61% of Bristol voters, easily defeating McCain in every part of the city. Results showed that Zero racked up a staggering landslide in Bristol in every single precinct.
There are 24,886 households in Bristol at last count, of which 49.6% are married couples living together. 11.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35% are non-families (!).
Bristol brags about having the 5th largest veteran population in Connecticut in order to justify federal handouts. Again, the burg's population is only 61,000 men, women and children. Be still, my bleeding heart.
“I suspect that the Mayor of Bristol, Conneticut saw an opportunity to bolster the city’s tourism by taking offense and thus garner some free publicity off of Limbaugh.”
Hey, they gotta fill those cheap hotels somehow! :)
Bristol, because ... we’re just that much better than Bridgeport.
Change ‘Quarterback’ to ‘President’ and lookee heeerrrrr fellas! We deja vuja all over again!
He passed out after choking at a UConn Football-watching party Saturday night and had to be placed on a ventilator.
From The Bristol Press:
Mayor Ward in medically induced coma after choking
Oops. Sometimes if you live off of news stories, you’ll get burned when those news stories get things wrong.
Still, I bet Rush apologizes — he usually corrects things when he’s been misled by stories and used them in his show.
While I like Art Ward, I lived in Bristol from 1993 to 2009
Industry is GONE from Bristol. They also are rebuilding the highway through town for all the traffic, not sure how many local people are employed there, but that is all the big business going on in Bristol!
There was an AC Delco plant there, GONE 10 years ago
The mall downtown was torn down due to lack of business
ESPN is the largest employer in town, and most people are from other places originally
P&W engines used tobe made next own over but that has been closed 15 years now
Bristol ust aint got a lot going for it, and Limbaugh is partially right, an outsider might describe it just like he did: just a few cheap hotels and ESPN.
i lived there for almost 20 years and just moved out 14 months ago
there is NO GANG problem in Bristol
It is just a lower middle class town, a former great town that lost it’s lifeblood factories, that’s all
it is actually a beautiful town in most places
I lock my doors when I drive through there like most cities in CT. Isn't ESPN outside the main city?
Their dem senator, whose name escapes me, was just defeated by a personal friend, JASON WELCH, and Fundamentalist Born Again Christian!
I love it when a plan works out! :)
It was the worst defeat in Connecticut for dems this past election. And in some cases, the only defeat for the dems.
Goodness, if BRISTOL scaes you, you must be having heart attacks in new Britain and Hartford!
Oh man. I seriously hope he will be fine. Even the letter he wrote to Rush was not bad enough to hope for something like this. Prayers to him.
I am from Connecticut. Bristol really isn’t much, but that’s part of the reason why ESPN located there. Who wants to pay Fairfield County or big city prices for real estate for scads of big satellite dishes?
I used to watch the Colonel Clown show that was headquartered at Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol (sponsored by Mucke’s frankfurters). Route 6 is a crummy road to drive on.
It is not a dump like most of the big cities in CT now are (New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport, Waterbury, Meriden), but it also doesn’t have any of the resources of those cities (Hartford Atheneaum, Yale, PT Barnum Museum, fantastic churches).
Did he dispute any of Rush’s claims?
What was Rush lying about?
The truth is ALWAYS a valid defense.
Art Ward is a Vietnam era Marine, Combat veteran, too. I have had only one dealing with him and he was an okay guy!
Bristol aint that bad, but it is not a place to move in that has a future since the factories closed down.
and Most of Connecticut is ending up that way...
My My, aren’t we the touchy one Steve!
God, I love Freepers like you who don’t mince words! Good one!
Well, you can’t really blame them for taking the sauce when it is offered to them. But it looks as if the Mayor was misrepresenting things rather than Bloomberg. Maybe technically correct, that it wasn’t quite for the purpose that Bloomberg indicated. But pork they took.
As I expected, he is a Democrat. Obama’s stooges wouldn’t give that kind of money to a Republican. His party is mentioned in an article about his hospitalization:
Evidently he’s a part of the state Democrat machine, since the governor was considering making him the state’s Veteran’s Affairs Administrator.
Rush is Right. Bristol is a Turnpike exit with ESPN.
If they had set up shop in Danbury instead the largest
business in town today would be a Dennys.
Maybe Bristol, CT will become the eastern Rio Linda?
The kids in Bristol are as sharp as a pistol...
Hey, my Dad’s family is from Bristol ...
Used to be a hard-working blue collar town with A LOT of industry [such as the New Departure Machine Works, a division of GM]. During WWII, New Departure made precision ball bearings for airplanes, tanks, trucks, and even Norden Bomb Sights ...
But, as with almost everything in the area, the industry dried up and now it is essentially a bedroom community for Hartford ...
What a shame ...
“Coincidentally, the very same mayor is currently in the hospital in critical condition, from what I’ve heard.”
Instant Karma’s gonna get you,
Gonna look you right in the face,
Better get yourself together darlin’,
Join the human race,
ESPN can’t get much further out of Bristol than it is right now. In fact it’s contiguous property includes the next town to the south, Southington. So it’s on the city/town line.
My only visits to Bristol are when I take my kids to Lake Compounce.
Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously running amusement park in the country. It is a clean park that caters to families with kids under 14. A nice place. ESPN is located near the entrance to the park.
So I have a pretty positive impression of Bristol. However, I’ve never been to the more urban part of the town.
Somebody’s Stomping in town !