To the editor:
I am writing in support of Mike Handler for Governor and to spread the word about the upcoming Republican debate in his hometown of New Canaan next week. For those area residents who have not yet seen Mike on the campaign trail, I hope you will attend or watch the upcoming debate in New Canaan (18 April at Saxe Middle School).
Mike has served as Stamford’s CFO/COO for the past six years putting the city on stable financial footing by renegotiating labor contracts and managing investments wisely, encouraging smart development and creative public-private partnerships: working in a bipartisan manner with the city government to achieve real results for all residents.
The national political climate is not friendly to Republicans. Despite that, experts rank Connecticut’s Governor race a toss-up: the best chance fiscal conservatives and moderates have had of late to retake the state and set Connecticut on the right path. Mike is a reasonable and practical Republican who has worked with a Republican and Democratic mayor: he knows how to get done what we all want government to do, while maintaining balanced budgets and minimizing future tax liabilities. He is an outsider with serious financial expertise, who has dedicated a great deal part of his life to public service behind the scenes in Stamford, in New Canaan, and around the country in his youth.
I’ve gotten to know Mike very well over the last year. He’s got the skillset and knowledge to fix the fiscal crisis we find our great state facing. I hope that the Republican Party will consider supporting Mike at next month’s convention, and I hope readers will consider looking into Mike’s record and plan to fix Connecticut’s fiscal mess as he did in Stamford.
Thank you for your time.