DERBY, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A typo has led to the election of the wrong man to a finance board in Derby.

James J. Butler was the highest vote-getter, winning 1,526 votes for the 10-member Board of Apportionment and Taxation, which oversees the town’s finances.

However, his father, 72-year-old James R. Butler, was nominated by the Democratic Town Committee for a second, two-year term.

The News Times of Danbury and New Haven Register report that James R. Butler says his 46-year-old son is not interested in politics or serving in public office.

In a letter to Derby Town Clerk Laura Wabno, Republican Town Committee Chairman Tom Szewczyk urged local Democrats to figure out the obvious mistake.

“I understand that mistakes are made, but this one is especially unfortunate,” Szewczyk wrote. He added that if the younger Butler was to be sworn in and resign to let his father take the post, it would serve as a violation of Connecticut State’s election law. “This would also be a huge disservice to our voters.”

Wabno told CBS Connecticut that it is still uncertain what the Democratic party and town officials plan to do next for an error that could have been avoided in the summertime.

“The error was made in the caucus back in July and nobody picked up on it,” she said.

Dan Foley, who was the town’s Democratic nominee for mayor, also is confused of the outcome, saying it was simply a misprint.

“We just don’t know how it happened and are backtracking to find out how,” Foley, who lost to Republican incumbent Anthony Staffieri by just 28 votes, told the Connecticut Post.

Av Harris, spokesman for the secretary of the state’s office, has said James J. Butler should be sworn in because he was elected.

Messages left by CBS Connecticut for Democratic Town Chair Sheila Parizo were not immediately returned.

Local officials are to take office Dec. 3.

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Comments (98)
  1. Joseph says:

    Bush’s fault.

    1. Old and in the Way says:

      How do I reach these kids?!?!?

      1. hillcoguy says:

        Use a club….

    2. Spanky says:

      Surely this also involved the Tea Party, Reagan, Eisenhower, Lincoln, and those evil rich white males who founded this country and owned slaves.

      1. LImey says:

        I am pertty sure Lincoln was the driving force behind ending slavery. What history book are you reading from?

      2. JeffatLeatherneck says:

        LOL, just the facts. Lincoln’s plan was to send any freed slaves to Liberia or Belize. His General Grant was attended to by a slave owned by his wife throughout the entire war, while General Lee abhored slavery altogether. The War of Northern Agression didn’t become about slavery until the late 1870’s and early 1880’s.

      3. Jahn Erlich says:

        @limey–the book of sarcasm?

      4. FedUp Florida says:

        S;ave ownership was the domestication of the negro. See how our cities went to hell after releasing them? Big mistake there.

      5. Barry's CT. SSN 042-68-4425 FAILED E-VERIFY says:

      6. John says:

        “The War of Northern Agression didn’t become about slavery until the late 1870′s and early 1880′s.”

        Ever heard of the 3/5 compromise? The issue had been boiling up long before the civil war, I think you need to go read a bit more about history.

      7. Mark Matis says:

        Now John, I would merely note that Lincoln NEVER freed the slaves in the North. But at least he is surely rotting in hell where he so truly belongs for what he did to this country.

      8. Ryan says:

        JeffLeatherneck, your facts are dubious. It was about slavery and always was about slavery.From the MIssour Compromise to the Compromise of 1850 to the Kansas-Nebraska Act to the Fugitive Slave Act to the Dred Scott Decisions to HRper’s Ferry. The debate over slavery became ever more violent –something a person with only a basic knowledge of history can grasp.

        I don’t know we’re you got your facts, but it was not from a history book.

      9. Southern Man says:

        The Civil War was primarily about oppression of the agricultural south by the heavily populated industrialized New England states. Slavery was but one issue of many and, had the north not imposed so many oppressive taxes and tariffs on southern products, it may not have happened. The fat cats up north had a stranglehold on all the goods going in and out of the south and, in collusion with the politicians in Washington, were getting richer at the south’s expense. Lincoln didn’t get around to freeing the slaves until the war was almost over – kind of late in the game to be the cause of the war.

      10. Old Buck Bill says:

        it was about slavery because of the economic repercussions it would have on the south…

    3. truk says:

      why doesn’t the guy change his name to match the ballot? no brainer

    4. Old Buck Bill says:

      sounds more like Obama’s

  2. jakartaman says:

    It Connecticut folks – Chris Dodd territory.
    Nothing to worry about
    Please move along

  3. Danny says:

    You can’t swear in someone if they don’t accept the office.

    1. hillcoguy says:

      So whats not to accept? Look at all the benefits from swilling at the public supplied trough? Opportunity knocks, we;come him in! FREEBIES! FREEBIES!!

  4. Bryan says:

    This is why I love Drudge.

    1. Keith says:

      i completely agree with you lol.

      1. Richard says:


  5. Fred Lopez says:

    connecticut sucks
    this is why it is now just losers and liberal left

    1. Sara says:

      Wow you’re ignorant, this could happen in any town.

      1. Locke says:

        Sure, any town of Democrats.
        Even the candidate and his son were too braindead to realize the name was wrong. Those are some challenged folks, but typical or even high functioning for Democrats.

      2. Zombie Eater says:

        he might be ignorant…but he is right…CT is full of liberal loons….of course the moron right wing isn’t much better either….everywhere I look all I see are zombies.

      1. Locke says:

        Says the typical racist Democrat.

      2. joey says:

        wow racist democrat. too bad im a true conservative, and I dont really care for minorities who bad mouth a whole state when they are ruining the country. You sound like a illegal sympathizer. Go live on the border.

      3. Locke says:

        You’re as conservative as Obummer’s long nights with Reggie Love, his house boi.

      4. joey says:

        who, what locke? I dont understand your Ebonics. I see the neocon only cares about israel while the failed state of mexico is right on our open border sending in thousands of illegals. Love how he supports a minority hypocrite who badmouths a state that supports probably 5000 of his fellow “Lopez” family members. True, real conservatives there; I bet you support the dream act and dont live on the border. Probably have been on welfare himself, secret liberal bad mouthing obama to make true conservatives that care about this country look bad. Your liberal use of gangsta words like boi, the race card, and knowledge about the presidents friends leads me to think that you are liberal.

    2. Dave says:

      Not all of us, in CT, are liberals (just most) 😦

  6. Billv says:

    Nobody wants to buy that damn book. What is with the Ron Paul crazies and this book? Do they really think they are going to get him elected by spamming message boards?

    1. Canof Sand says:

      Judging by their activity over several years straight, now… apparently yes.

    2. Dawn Diego says:

      RON PAUL 2012! RON PAUL 2012! RON PAUL 2012! RON PAUL 2012! RON PAUL 2012! RON PAUL 2012! RON PAUL 2012!RON PAUL 2012!RON PAUL 2012!

      1. Spanky says:

        Paul would be the same age (77) STARTING his Presidency that Reagan was FINISHING his.

        The odds of him getting dementia or Alzheimers in office are just too high. Sorry, it doesn’t matter how wonderful his policies are, he’s just too old FOR MOST VOTERS.

      2. Richard says:

        Way off topic, I know, but Ron Paul is an isolationist. Isolationalism caused two world wars last century. Now many more times do we really need to repeat that mistake?

      3. MiBu says:

        Isolationalism caused two wars for whom? If the US had NOT gotten involved in WWI, then Germany would have won and dominated Europe (like they do now?), we wouldn’t have had a communist Russia (Lenin would not have been allowed by the Germans to go to Russia), Nazi Germany would not have arisen, the middle east would not have been partitioned by the British in the ’20’s, Germany would not have been gutted to rise again in a 3rd Reicht, etc. and the history of the conflict of the rest of the 20th Century would have been truncated. Korea, Vietnam, Gulf Wars, etc. probably wouldn’t have happened. Cause and effect since 1914 on. “Oh, we won’t come back til’ it’s over, over there.” Yeah, how did that work out for the US?
        Economically, if the Federal Reserve had not been enacted, the international banking cartel would not have been able to finance the wars that came along, including bailing out the British in the late ’20’s which led to the Great Depression. Ron Paul is not an isolationist. He just wants us not to get invloved in foreign entanglements. Is Switzerland isolationalist? No. Powerful military, doesn’t project power or stick its nose in everyone else’s business and just…conducts business.

      4. texas58 says:

        You have a point, but only to a degree. On a certain level isolationism certainly did get us into both WWI and WWII. Isolationism smacks of weakness to a bully and both the Germans, WWI, and Japanese, WWII, thought we were spineless and wouldn’t seriously confront their adventurism. Hence, they continued to push till we had no other choice but to go to war w/ them. If we had projected strength from the beginning in both cases, however, I think it far more likely neither of them would have tried us as they did. And as much as I like Ron Paul on most issues, he is an isolationist!

      5. tsiok says:

        So let’s be strong isolationists!

      6. The Boodge says:

        Wow, the Swiss have a powerful military? Are you serious? What have the Swiss done for the world in over 300 years? Paul will never be the POTUS!

      7. Technorati says:

        How exactly did minding our own business start a war on the other side of the world? We tried to stay out of it, until the germans sank the lusitania in WWI and then asked Mexico to invade us. in WWII the Japanese bombed pearl Harbor…. sorry but isolationism didn’t cause us to get involved.

  7. kimdi01 says:

    The Democrats wanted one person and someone else won. Now there is a mistake? Say who? The voters or the Dumocrats?

  8. RedDragon6009 says:

    Obviously the government isn’t banning this book if it is available on Amazon.
    I have no love for the government but I have even less respect for idiots such as yourself.
    That being said, Ron Paul has my vote regardless.

  9. Chris says:

    Just take the job dude it’s only 2 years.

  10. says:

    Just when you think Democrats can’t get any dumber…

    1. Anon says:

      Dumber? Really? “can’t get any more dumb.” MORE DUMB. How do you expect to be taken seriously if you can’t use simple, proper English?

      1. Floyd Smoot says:

        Wow, anon. Maybe YOU should try researching it just a little. Merriam-Webster (you know, the people who have been publishing dictionaries for about the last 200 years) defines “dumber” as a comparative to the adjective “dumb”, i.e. meaning “more than” just dumb.

        I suppose that makes you…dumber?

      2. Zombie Eater says:

        you’re still dumber

  11. JRB says:

    leave the position vacant!

  12. Arthur says:

    wow, a bunch of left wing obama voters in CT just mindlessly punch the “D” option. idiots

    1. Matt says:

      I couldn’t agree more, people are too lazy to know the name of the people they are electing, all they see is the D and think they will keep the free gravy train coming

      1. OnTheRoadALot says:

        I think in November 2012 all anyone will see is the R lever.

      2. Snaebjorn says:

        Exactly my sentiments! Anyone with a “D” in front is nothing but a commie or at least a commie sympathy.

      3. Zombie Eater says:

        Democrats….Republicans……dumb and dumber

  13. gary says:

    Ah Yes the informed voter …just proves people have no idea who they are voting for they just go to the polls like lemmings.

  14. gary says:

    That’s the way to participate the population of Derby 12,391 and this guy not running won with 1,526 votes and we wonder how we end up with the politicians we have in office.

  15. Jason Burnstein says:

    Typical Dumbocrats

  16. WallyG says:

    It’s amazing isn’t it? Democrats just have no idea who they’re voting for! Brauin dead, mindless, intenmtionally uninformed and appartently proud ot it!

  17. Abilene says:

    Stupid dems. Obviously products of government schools they created.

  18. no_one_home says:

    Question. To be a democrat do you need to be wired stupid? It sure seems so.

  19. chloe says:

    dumbo crats what do you expect?

  20. jnsesq says:

    I’m confused. If Democrat voters don’t have to exist to vote, why do Democrat candidates have to exist to be elected?

    1. Blackbird says:

      Awesome comment!

  21. Richard says:

    Why not hold a special election with a corrected ballot, and bill the Democrats for the expense. They’re the idiots who made the misteak.

  22. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

    Keep things as is– far better for everyone to have someone who “is not interested in politics or serving in public office” than having yet another thieving Depressioncrat crook stealing the taxpayers’ money.

  23. James says:

    I’m a conservative, but it’s really a sign of our divided times when people call fellow American voters “stupid” and “idiots” when they don’t know the middle initial of the one they’re voting for. Come on people, this mistake was made by whomever it was who printed up the ballots, not the voters. Democrats may very well be stupid, but this is NOT evidence of it.

    Lastly, I love Ron Paul, but this article has nothing remotely to do with Ron Paul, so why bring him up?

    1. LEM says:


      Hypothetical – what if there’s more than oneJames J. Butler in town? Then, which one was supposedly elected?

      Obviously this was a typo. Seems there’s got to be a reasonably simple way to resolve it.

    2. smokehouse56 says:

      Looks like we have the flush out another liberal who says..”I’m conservative”

  24. Dale says:

    As Nancy would say, You have to vote for it to see what it is!

  25. Mcihael Oberndorf says:

    A voter’s dream; a candidate who won’t take office!

    1. tsiok says:

      He would probably be the only one with a pure motive! “Let’s get this done so I can finish up my term with a good report and get back to my job.”

  26. Joe Drager says:

    How exciting.

  27. Jorge Lavanderia says:

    Shoot, we elected Barack Hussein Obama president but the guy who took office is some jerk named Barry Soetero.

    If someone not elected and not eligible to be elected can be sworn in as Pres__nt, I guess some guy who’s off by only one letter can be sworn in on a town board in Connecticut.

  28. Richard says:


  29. Mike Alright says:

    If you feminized US morons do not vote for and elect Ron Paul. Soon, your so-called free country may fall.

  30. Angel says:

    Alright, you are all twits. You can’t rip up the Dems for voting for a James Butler. How many of you go to the polls memorizing the middle initial or middle name of the candidate of your choice? The father and son have the same name and any regular voter isn’t going to notice the middle initial or might even question whether they knew it correctly to begin with when heading to the polls.

    The only stupidity was on the part of the men and women who put together the ballot. Either it was done on purpose so that this 72 year old man would be unable to serve or it was done on accident and accidents of that magnitude slow down our country and are unacceptable. That idiot should be fired hands down.

  31. FreudianSlip says:

    Democrats spending public funds without doing their job. What’s new?

    And you expect them to run Obamacare and make sure you get quality medical care. Are you nuts?

  32. djw663 says:

    They’re libs and they are concerned with right and wrong? That makes me happy that some liberals, well, Democrats still have some sort of integrity. I’m sure they will figure out a way for that spot to be filled by another Democrat. Heaven forbid a Tea Party candidate or Republican fill that spot.

  33. Florida Butterfly Ballot says:

    It’s been shown time and time again that Democrats can’t run elections (or their voters correctly vote – remember Florida Butterfly ballot that the Democrats created but who Democrat voters couldn’t figure out how to work it and Gore lost)… Why do their supporters think they can run anything else, be it a finance board in Derby or “CEO” of running a country? It’s simply amazing…

  34. Herb Moyer says:

    “Av Harris, spokesman for the secretary of the state’s office, has said James J. Butler should be sworn in because he was elected.”

    Maybe they should ask the guy who won, since, you know, he wasn’t running in the first place. Maybe he doesn’t wish to be sworn in.

  35. Man Cave says:

    Anyone else remember the days when we had humans employed as editors and we didn’t rely upon computerized spell checking, grammar checking, etc.?

    How something like this happens is astounding. Everyone involved should be fired. The voters try to elect someone they want but are thwarted by a typo that everyone in charge is too asleep to catch. Fire them.

  36. Clearhead says:

    Democrats figure this out? They’ll have a very tough time with this one.

  37. marty says:

    Another in the long list of Polish jokes us non-pc people can laugh at…plus, it’s even better because they’re Democrats!!!

  38. Rob says:

    (I got linked here from elsewhere.)

    This is ridiculous. Why did this make the national news? Typos happen all the time in minor elections. Not a big deal. This is a race between twelve people for a position on a ten-seat board in Connecticut’s smallest municipality. Who cares?

    There were no names on the ballot that were similar enough to be realistically worried about confusion and he even got the most votes, beating the 11th place candidate by a double digit margin. It is not reasonable to assume that a minor typo on someone’s middle initial would have had a significant impact on the results.

    So get over it. Award the victory to James R. Butler. Anyone in Derby with a serious gripe can take it to court and get shot down by precedent.

    But the comments here… wow. Everytime I see comments like these on the net, I lose a little more faith in humanity. It really is soul-crushing to be so frequently reminded that the vast majority of people are as willfully ignorant and delusional as you guys. But I won’t waste time trying to plant reason in barren soil, ranting about how both Republicans and Democrats are full of the same garbage. Nope. This is the internet, so let’s feed the trolls!



  39. Mark Matis says:

    Is there still Rule of Law in this country? Or will the swill be allowed to steal this as usual?

  40. rob6752a says:

    You have to laugh at this.Just like when the schools miss spell words and other things, The schools are run by who again?? Right demoRats and who ran this election?? DemoRats lol is this any surprise??

    Imagine what this is going to cost CT for another election, that money should come from the demoRat national committee.

    1. Mark Matis says:

      Why another election? Was there ANY other candidate running, who received votes, who is WILLING to serve?

    2. jerry goober says:

      Rob, I do feel so, so very sorry for you, in “your” wisdom. Words mean things. Take barry, for instance. PUUUULLLLLLeeeeeassse?

  41. Jrey762 says:

    This is what public education has done to America; made the population so stupid they don’t even know who they are voting for. Department of education has to go! Lowering the bell curve to pass dumb people through schools DOES NOT help anybody.

  42. tramky says:

    The Democrats made this mistake, so why would anyone in this town want to have a Democrat be involved in managing their financies? This is stupid.

    As for the secretary of state, what an idiot to suggest that the guy who wasn’t running for office and apparently has no interest in it be sworn in!! What is this, SLAVERY! Does ANYONE really believe that the voters were voting for the son?!

    Here’s what should happen: let the vote stand, but a declaration be made that it is the old man who was elected, not the disinterested son. Don’t waste time on this idiocy. But who cares? It sounds like a Democrat town, so who cares what happens to it?

  43. The Clintidote says:

    democRats are idiots in more ways that we can count.

  44. Buck O'Fama says:

    Oh just put the old liberal geezer in, people are used to democrats doing as they please. No need to go all hanging chad and all, liberal idiots can barely spell much less figure out the intricacies of voting unless handed a cue card. Pea Brain county Floriduh will always be a reminder of the idiots who vote democrat.

    Have I hurt someones feelings? Did you vote for Obimbo? Deal with it.

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