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Social media posts cause controversy for Middletown Common Council candidate

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Republican Candidate Common Council Lindsay Fralick discusses her posts on social media. (WFSB) Republican Candidate Common Council Lindsay Fralick discusses her posts on social media. (WFSB)
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A woman running for Middletown Common Council is facing some heat over what she posted to her personal Facebook about women, minorities and Wesleyan University students.

However, Republican Candidate Common Council Lindsay Fralick said her comments on social media are being taken out of context.  

“I’ll continue to post my opinion,” Fralick said. “And my opinion is America first. Our citizens first.”

The comments in question go back more than a year.  In one Facebook post about Mexican immigrants, Fralick posted a meme that questions why the 11 million illegal immigrants weren’t they helpful to the Mexican economy.

“We have far too many people with mental illness. We have far too many low income people who need a job,” Fralick said. “So do those people take priority in my life? Absolutely not.”

In another post referring to whether the Waterbury Board of Education should recognize Muslim holidays, she wrote simply “no.”

“Why shouldn’t Muslims get the same recognitions that Christians do? I don’t know if we necessarily understand all of Muslim society,” Fralick said.  “So until we do marking them on the school calendar I don’t know if it’s necessarily effective.”

In other posts, she called the United States Supreme court’s decision to tackle same sex marriage “ridiculous.”

“I have so many gay friends, transgendered friends, black friends, white friends, girlfriends, boyfriends,” Fralick said.  “And it shouldn’t have gotten to the Supreme Court.

For Republican Presidential Candidate Lindsay Graham, she jokingly posted quote, "Come out already."

Her criticisms were also aimed at Wesleyan University students. Last May, she wrote, “Goodbye Wesleyan students. Now, I have nothing to aim at driving down High Street.”

“People who know me know that I am being sarcastic 99.9 percent of the time,” Fralick said.

Mayor Dan Drew, who is a Democratic and also running for re-election, didn’t find any of the posts funny.  

“I think that it’s a shame that we see this attitude still in 2015,” Drew said.

Voters that spoke with Eyewitness News on Monday thought they were inappropriate, but Fralick said, in many cases, she was just being sarcastic.

“I definitely interpreted that as someone being against Muslims,” Abraham Julia, who is a Middletown resident, said.  

 “It was pretty reckless,” Justin Shanks, who is a Middletown resident, said.

Fralick said she believes this is part of a smear campaign since she is running for office.  

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