By Sean McDonald
Miguel Castro’s recent decision to resign from the City Council is the least he can do. He is a bad example for everyone and he should cease all political activity and representation, including being chairman of the Connecticut Hispanic Democratic Caucus. His past is indicative of unchecked, unaccountable behavior.
In November 2017, there was an altercation between Councilor Castro and political opponent Manny Santos while campaigning in front of C-Town. — Reported by witnesses and video, with a filed police report.
In January 2018, Councilor Castro is charged with violating City Ethics code by pressuring the Council of Neighborhoods to remove his political opponent from being the Westsiders Association's chairperson. — Published in Record-Journal
In April 2018, Councilor Castro was accused of altering a portion of a video recording of a subcommittee meeting. Published in Record-Journal
In May 2018, lawsuit claims Councilor Castro engaged in unethical and illegal conduct while acting as Finance Committee chairman by attempting to block former City Manager Guy Scaife from sharing proposed budget changes during a public meeting and holding backdoor meetings in violation of state Freedom of Information laws. — Published inRecord-Journal.
In December 2018, Councilor Castro was arrested and charged with assaulting two Judicial Marshalls. — Published in Record-Journal
In May 2020, Councilor Castro has been charged with disorderly conduct and strangulation. — Published in Record-Journal
Update June 1, 2020 Councilor Castro resigns from City Council. — Published in Record-Journal
I’d like to thank Democrat -Majority Leader David Lowell for publicly asking Councilor Castro to step down immediately.
Every wrongdoing by Councilor Castro has been tolerated by the Majority in the City Council, the Democrats, who have dominated Meriden politics. This one-Party dominance must be changed and officials must be held accountable.
Sean McDonald is Meriden Republican Town Committee chairman.