- The Washington Times
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The city of New Britain, Connecticut, may change the name of Paul Manafort Drive, even though it honors the late father of the former Trump campaign chairman who was both convicted and pleaded guilty to a slew of crimes.

The younger Manafort’s recent criminal convictions have stirred debate over the street’s name, according to a report in the Hartford Courant. Republican Mayor Erin Stewart changed the name to Paul Manafort Sr. Drive last month because of the scandals surrounding the onetime political operative, the Courant reported.

But Democratic city council members are using a resolution that the name be changed altogether.

“The name Paul Manafort has been mired in national scandal and guilty pleas,” the resolution said. “The recent addition of the word ‘Sr.’ to the name still brings attention to the national scandal and brings embarrassment to the city.”

Members of the Manafort family authored a letter imploring the city council not to change the street’s name, the Courant reported.

“We are as proud today of Paul Manafort Sr. and our roots in New Britain as we were the day Mayor Linda Blogoslawski named the street after Uncle Paul in 1994,” the letter said.

“Did Paul Sr. do anything to warrant stripping him of the honor bestowed upon him 25 years ago? Certainly not,” the letter continued.

The elder Manafort, who died in 2013, was a three-term Republican mayor of New Britain.

Suggestions for possible replacements include Ebenezer D.C. Basset Way, to honor the man nominated by President Ulysses S. Grant to be the first black to serve as an ambassador and diplomat. Others are seeking to rename the street George Springer Drive to honor the Houston Astros player and 2017 World Series MVP, who was born in New Britain.

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