By Dan Nowak
Chairman CDTC Communications Committee
CHESHIRE – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Cheshire always looks forward to St. Patrick’s Day.
The past 12 years he has taken time out of his busy schedule on the Monday after St. Patrick’s Day, to connect with his Democratic friends in Cheshire and neighboring towns in a Politics and Pancakes event.
On Monday, the annual Chris Murphy St. Patrick's Day Pancakes and Politics event took place with a jam-packed crowd at the Waverly Restaurant from 7:30 a.m.to 9 a.m.
“I’ve held this event ever since I was a State Senator and I look forward to it every year,” Murphy said. “When I come back to Connecticut it’s a fun way to connect with friends and people I came to know when I was a State Senator in the old 16th District.
“I do these Politics and Pancakes events throughout Connecticut during the year. It’s a great way to connect with people in a less formal and fun setting. But this one in Cheshire obviously is a little more special and means a lot more since I live in Cheshire and have so many friends here.”
After mingling with the crowd and connecting with everyone in the room he gave a short speech.
Monday is the beginning of another busy week for U.S. Senator Murphy that will culminate with his participation in the kids “March For Our Lives” global event to protest gun violence.
The event is being organized by students who survived the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla. The students launched the #NeverAgain movement and the "March For Our Lives" protest complements that movement.
The main protest will be held in Washington, D.C. on Saturday at 10 a.m. with over 500,000 students, parents and supporters taking part.
There are nearly 750 cities and towns throughout the world –including Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Liverpool, England - organizing “sibling” events to be held in conjunction with the Washington, D.C. event.
Locally, as of Monday there are nine events being organized in Connecticut headed by a “March For Our Lives” event in Hartford. Other Connecticut cities and towns with protests planned are West Hartford, Guilford, Kent, Enfield, East Haddam, Roxbury, Shelton and Old Saybrook.
This event and the efforts of the Marjory Stoneham Douglas High students have become special for Murphy and certainly impacts him locally. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, he has been a leader in the movement to prevent gun violence.
“The greatest surprise in all this is it has taken the action of students to produce a unique awareness of gun violence issues,” Murphy said. “The amazing thing is this social awareness and move toward social change is being led by kids.
“I am going to show my support and walk with the people who march. I am still deciding whether to march in Washington or locally in Hartford, but I will be showing my support.”