by Mary Ellen Godin, Record-Journal staff
MERIDEN — A Libertarian Party candidate has filed a lawsuit against Mayor Kevin Scarpati, claiming the mayor asked police to have him removed from the Daffodil Festival.
According to the suit, Daniel Reale of Plainfield, and two other Libertarian Party members were at the bridge near the entrance of the Daffodil Festival in Hubbard Park collecting ballot signatures on April 27 when a police lieutenant informed them they would have to leave.
The group was gathering signatures for Libertarian candidates to get on the state’s election ballot.
”No access to the festival was blocked or impeded, nor was any crime or disruption being committed,” according to the suit filed in Windham Superior Court in Putnam.
The suit says Reale, a candidate for the 2nd congressional district seat, learned from the police that the order to have him removed came from Scarpati...
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