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Ayala sworn in to Connecticut House despite legal troubles

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January 10, 2013

Connecticut

By Justin Haas

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut: Newly elected representative Christina Ayala was sworn in to the Connecticut House of Representatives on January 9, 2013, despite legal troubles that occurred during the later part of last year.[1]

Her troubles started a mere 24 hours after winning the Democratic primary in August, when she was arrested in a hit-and-run accident. She and her boyfriend were then arrested in December following a domestic dispute. This incident led to questions about whether Ayala even lived in the 128th House District, which she was elected to in November. Election documents showed that she lived in the 128th District, while the arrest reports stated that she lived in the 129th District.[1]

Ayala was able to submit a copy of her lease showing that she lived in the 128th District, but she still faces a voter fraud investigation by the state Elections Enforcement Commission.[1]

Some Democrats have argued that she is and embarrassment and should resign, while Republicans seem content to let Democrats sort things out.[1]

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