Hardball politics in a small town always makes good copy, as Dave Collins of The Day shows in his column today about Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague.

Osten, who also is the town’s first selectwoman, cut the hours of the town’s senior director, Buddy Meadows, a Republican, after he announced his candidacy for Osten’s town job. She also eliminated the full-time public works job held by his son, Michael, who is the father’s campaign manager.

Collins reports that Ostens says politics had nothing to do with the cuts, which she said were part of a budget that eventually passed at referendum, in a close vote.

Osten is a retired correction officer. Collins make her sounds like she takes no prisoners.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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