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Norwalk election notes: Duff, D’Amelio poll and social media

Republican District 25 State Senate candidate Marc D’Amelio, in a promotional video, as shown Saturday on his campaign website. The video is also on his Facebook page.

The election is Nov. 6.

Updated, 5:44 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. – The D’Amelio campaign says it’s within striking distance of unseating State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25).

Republican State Senate candidate Marc D’Amelio in two recent Facebook posts presented numbers conveying enthusiasm and interest in his campaign.

D’Amelio in a Sept. 11 post wrote, “The poll we ran shows we are in striking distance.”

Asked for details, D’Amelio for Senate Digital Director and consultant Thomas Burns in a Sunday email to NancyOnNorwalk wrote:

 

“Our poll was executed by a national political strategy company. Survey conducted September 5 through September 6, 2018. 621 likely 2018 General Election voters participated in the survey. Survey weighted to match expected turnout demographics for the 2018 General Election. Margin of Error is +/-3.9% with a 95% level of confidence. Totals do not always equal 100% due to rounding.

“The question from our poll that we were referring to in the post regarding being with in striking distance is below.

“If the November 2018 General Election for State Senate were held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate Marc D’Amelio or the Democratic candidate Bob Duff?

“Republican: 42%

“Democrat: 48%

“Undecided: 9%”

Duff did not respond to a request for comment.

 

 

Posted at the top of D’Amelio’s Facebook page is a biographical video, which is also posted on D’Amelio’s campaign website.

Facebook on Saturday showed 37,000 hits on the video and on Wednesday said there were 41,000 hits . The campaign website showed 41,403 hits on the video early Thursday.

“20,000 views in 3 days. The people are responding and they want change!” D’Amelio wrote on Aug. 30, on Facebook. The campaign website shows 41,403 hits early Thursday.

Ballotpedia shows that 44,979 people voted in the 2016 District 25 election, 26,437 in the 2014 (non-Presidential) election and 40,366 in the 2012 election.

D’Amelio’s page has 1,100 likes.

D’Amelio, writing to NancyOnNorwalk on Sunday, said:

“The quality, passion and story depicted in the video speaks for itself and it is the content of the video that has driven it’s success. Where most political videos are used as a vehicle to bash an opponent we took a different approach.  We decided (to) tell my story and message using the great city of Norwalk as it’s backdrop to get out our message. The response online and when meeting people in person has been overwhelming positive.”

In a Sunday email, Burns wrote:

“The video was viewed a bit over 37k times with 85% of those viewers being in CT, the ad was only targeting the 25th district through voter data. The second largest geographical location being Louisiana at 3.9% of the views, this is where Marc’s wife is from, and the the third largest is New York at 2.9% of the views.”

 

Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ed Camacho on Wednesday evening said he hadn’t seen the video, “but I assume it does a good job of portraying him in the best possible light.”

“When I am elected, my day one goal is to reach out to all Democratic Senators and build not only a relationship but a friendship,” D’Amelio wrote Wednesday. “I will host a dinner in Hartford with anyone that wants to put partisan politics aside. The people of Connecticut are sick of partisan politics and it is going to take someone new to break the cycle. We are more alike than not. #peopleoverpolitics”

“When I am elected, I plan to use my $28K annual salary to open a Senator Marc D’Amelio office in Norwalk,” he wrote. “I will have an open door policy where anyone can visit me with or without an appointment. My constituents live in Norwalk and Darien and should not have to travel to Harford to see me. I have heard of too many stories of people going to Hartford to be greeted by a secretary and wait for hours and ultimately turned away. #totalaccess #damlelioforsenate”

Duff describes ‘kindness’ in boomerrang-like way

Meanwhile, over on the Duff page, Duff has a new slogan: “Kindness comes back to you.”

Duff’s Sept. 12 homemade video was said by Facebook on Friday to have 1,800 hits. On Wednesday, it had more than 2,000.

“My tagline is always, ‘Standing up for you,’ because that’s what we do, but this year we have new campaign,” Duff said in the video.  He noted that the magnet is free.

Campaign manager Mary Pugh in a Sept. 15 post wrote that the magnets were “hot” and she was ordering more.

There were 103 likes and 33 comments on Sunday, with people posting their addresses to get a magnet.

Besides comments like, “cant wait to get mine. I am a bob duff fan,” there’s this exchange:

“I have never displayed anything on my car, but if I lived in CT, I’d display yours! You’re the best representation anyone could ever want or need!!” A supporter said.

 “If you lived in CT, you’d realize that we are over 1 BILLION dollars in debt and the current Senator and his party has done nothing about, except for continued spending.  🙁 Wish you knew the politics here. He’s a nice guy outside of ‘work’ but sadly, we need change,” a critic replied.

“I know all about what’s going on in CT politics – it’s why we left the state! Malloy has ruined it. If you know a retired teacher, ask about the retirement fund. Bob Duff was instrumental in getting the money this year so it didn’t go bankrupt. I reached out to him on behalf of all retired teachers, as well as many other reps and the Governor. Bob was the only one to respond personally. I didn’t know what party affiliation he had until long after. I don’t care – just get the job done. He did,” the supporter said.

Also on Facebook, Duff touts the state’s new Educational Cost Sharing formula: “My top legislative priority during the 2017 session was to help write a new education funding formula for the state. Took a lot of work, compromise and many iterations. Ultimately, it will help students succeed all across Connecticut and remove the state from the shadow of a decade old lawsuit.”

That post carries an image of an email sent last week by Katie Roy of the Connecticut School Finance Project.

Among the happy photo ops, there’s this comment: “Connecticut jobs grow by 1,100 in August; unemployment rate falls to 4.3%,” and a Tuesday post, “Connecticut ranks in the top half of states nationwide when it comes to energy efficiency jobs, according to a new report.”

Duff shares the news that Lockwood Mathews Mansion received a $5 million grant to “finally install a fire sprinkler system, bring electricity to the second and third floors and upgrade the heating system (so it can be open in the winter)”

That drew this exchange:

“Can we use some of that money for schools that don’t have AC? For funding in the schools in general,” a reader wrote.

“The money for LMMM is a different bucket of money,” Duff replied. “Norwalk Schools received much more than $5 million in funding for school improvements. We received tens of millions of dollars just this year. In the past Norwalk has received funds for improvements, school security and more. Much of which I have helped write into our school construction bill.”

“I do appreciate being a parent of a child in a school who has been grateful of having a security guard now,” the reader replied. “11 schools meaning how many kids had to lose time off school learning time due to the fact of not having an AC. The middle schools around here need a lot of fixing up. I know it’s easier to say I’ll give you my vote but i know other parents would appreciate their kids having better schools.”

“{M}y kids go to the Norwalk schools as well,” Duff replied. “I went to the Norwalk schools. Keep in mind school improvements are driven locally. The state doesn’t hand out grants to schools with out the board of ed and city committing funds first. Then, the state approves for a reimbursement. The schools have long been neglected and the state is a partner in funding improvements once the BOE and city approve a plan. Keep in mind, I advocated for fixing our current schools first, but the Board of Ed drives the process.”

Duff’s Facebook page has 7,665 likes.

 

 

39 comments

Dave McCarthy September 27, 2018 at 7:10 am

Bob Duff does a good job of spinning terrible news about his job destroying Connecticut as Dan Malloy’s right hand man. He latches on to national issues (gun control?) and makes it seem like he is doing something. He’s never had a job in his life (part time substitute?) and he’s never accomplished anything except showing up.

Mike Mushak September 27, 2018 at 7:55 am

D’Amelio supports Trump and his policies, as does gubernatorial candidate Stefanowski, and all of the other Republican candidates who refuse to denounce our disgusting traitor of a president and his regressive policies that are racist, anti-women, anti-healthcare, homophobic, anti-climate change, pro-pollution, pro-Russia, anti-trade, and all around bad for America and our future.

Oh, I forgot to mention the deficit will hit a trillion dollars this year with Republican tax cuts that favor big business and wealthy folks over middle class and poor folks, who got peanuts that are set to expire while the corporate tax cuts are permanent. These deficits are expected to cause interest rates to spike and saddle the country with record debt for generations, as well as cause cuts to essential programs like Social Security and Medicare, exactly what conservatives want to happen.

We all remember when the Tea Party folks marched in the streets over Obama’s deficits, which he actually reduced after inheriting record deficits from the trillion dollar war the Republicans started. Where are they now? Suddenly deficits that bankrupt our nation and cause cuts not essential social programs are ok, as long as Republicans cause them? This points to the moral vacuum that exists among conservatives.

D’Amelio repeatedly gives evasive answers when asked about Trump. He says he “respects the office of the president” and that he “supports most of Trump’s policies”. We have asked which specific ones many times, and all we hear is crickets. I’m sorry, that’s not acceptable. His opponent Bob Duff is always quite clear about where he stands on the issues, whether you agree with him or not.

I think most voters would much prefer the proven honesty and integrity of hard-working Bob Duff over an evasive Trump-lover any day.

Vote Democrat this November, at both a national level to provide a check to this dictator wannabe and his anti-American policies, but also at a state level which is our last line of defense to this increasingly frightening administration.

David T McCarthy September 27, 2018 at 9:03 am

Oh, and I should point out that the only tactic local Democrats have is to claim that anyone who is a Republican supports Donald Trump, is sexist, racist and a bigot. Now who would do that?

Wondering September 27, 2018 at 9:41 am

…if the young people in the background of the screenshot are among those who sometimes ride their bikes recklessly without helmets along Strawberry Hill/Post Rd./Wolfpit/Murray?

Drewt September 27, 2018 at 9:51 am

@MikeM Angry Mike the Spin Master at it again! Are you going to try and Block me on here too like they have blocked Donna and Brian? Its absolutely hysterical that you care more about the what Marc’s view is on the Presidency and Our President then the financial disaster our State and soon Norwalk will be in if change doesn’t happen. Maybe putting up a hundred more useless bike lanes that no one uses or a ridculous mall that will close in less then 3 years is the answer. I’m not sure what your warped rational is here besides be a Democratic Shill but we need real people with real answers and whom are proven leaders to take back our State. Bob’s time is UP! He is responsible for the POKO Nightmare..You know that $5 Million eye sore that sits and rots on Wall St. $5 Million for electric for a 100 year old house while our children fry in classrooms w/o A/C or the poor kids at Jefferson that sit in trailers over 40 years old. But yes get on your soap box and complain whats going on nationally (BTW, The Economy is on fire) just not in CT. We have people who will be in office soon ready and willing to fix our state and get it back on track. Maybe then we could even get you your own personal bike lane.

Isabelle Hargrove September 27, 2018 at 9:55 am

Reading through the quotes from Senator Duff’s Facebook posts, I am reminded why he has banned so many of his critics from his Facebook page, including me. It is a lot easier to distort the truth and even blatantly lie to your constituents when you have removed the people willing to call you out!

The ECS formula was indeed tweaked this year because Republicans finally got a seat at the table and Democrats had no choice but to work on a bi-partisan budget.

This bi-partisan budget, led by Republicans dragging Democrats to a sensible bi-partisan solution, produced a measly immediate increase in funding for Norwalk ($400K this year) and a promise (let’s keep our fingers crossed given the fiscal mess) for incremental annual increases to $5 million by 2028 (great for kids in 2nd grade or younger, I guess).

We should be very thankful for this bi-partisan budget, because the budget proposed by Democrats led by Senator Duff, DECREASED Norwalk’s total education funding (ECS, Sped, local share of pensions) by $1.6 million in FY ’18 and $3.8 million in FY ’19.

As many Norwalkers like to say, if this is standing up for us, please sit down.

Senator Duff has been in the State Senate for 13 years; we all know that the results have been disappointing. What more of us need to realize is that Mr. Duff is not the helpless victim of a state in financial crisis fighting to get his constituents as much as humanly possible. Instead, his ideas, priorities and leadership are the reasons for our troubles and why Norwalk can’t get its fair share from our state.

Let’s break the cycle of doom and elect Marc D’Amelio so we can reap the rewards of better ideas, priorities, and leadership.

Piberman September 27, 2018 at 10:42 am

Even the most partisan Democrats understand CT’s economy is in a major free fall and the State is widely viewed in the business community as the most mismanaged in the nation. The old business adage holds here: “Those who get you in trouble rarely get you out”. Sen. Duff has been a major figure in CT Democratic management of CT affairs for more than a decade. Supporting the highly destructive tax hikes. Time to retire from public service to Norwalk citizens. Rather than continuously claiming to “stand up for us” we need Representatives who actually do put our interests above those of their Party. And have professional or business backgrounds that enable them to make major contributions to their constitutents.
Historically Norwalk has not been well served by its local Legislators. And Norwalk commands little appreciation in State circles. Time for a change. Term limits for Legislators are always appropriate. Time to leave and let others carry the task of representing our City.

John S September 27, 2018 at 11:53 am

No offense to Marc but, if you couldn’t win an At-Large Board of Education seat, what makes you think for a second you had any chance at defeating Duff?

So far all I’ve heard from his campaign is what Bob Duff is doing wrong and a catchy campaign puff piece with little to no substance.

I agree that we need a change from Duff but Marc isn’t it.

Democrats are going to come out in force and blindly vote blue.

Teacher September 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm

@ DrewT 40 year old trailers… come on now. Your anger towards another man speaks volumes. The reason Trump behaves the way he does is because civil discourse has died. Learn to respectfully debate one another and then maybe we could get along and move CT forward. I sure you have all the answers.

Lisa Brinton Thomson September 27, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Mike M., Trump has nothing to do with Connecticut’s problems. The night Ned Lamont won his primary, he even acknowledged in the press that Connecticut has destroyed itself. Sadly, Bob has been part of that narrative for the past decade. If the best you can do for Bob is tout Trump, then I’d say Marc has a very, very good shot!!!

DrewT September 27, 2018 at 2:54 pm

@teacher My bad 30 Year Old Trailers what difference does it make? They are old and falling apart and need to be replaced. And Ciivil Discourse really?! Now that’s entertaining.

Teacher September 27, 2018 at 3:31 pm

I know how I was raised and how to treat others even we I disagree with them. The energy of hate solves no problems only creates more. Division allows the weakminded to rule.
Good day sir.

Tysen Canevari September 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm

It would be great to have a debate between Bob and Marc. Lets eliminate all the name calling and have a good old debate on the issues we are facing here in CT. Does anyone know if one is scheduled?

Mike Mushak September 27, 2018 at 4:16 pm

@Lisa, with all due respect, Trump has EVERYTHING to do with CT, starting with the Supreme Court which is in everyone’s mind today, and let’s mention a few other “minor issues” that you apparently and astoundingly find insignificant:

Women’s rights (including reproductive health and equal pay), gay rights including my right to be married to my husband which I fought my entire life for, voting rights, affordable healthcare, immigrant rights, environmental regulations including protecting our air and water, educational policies and funding, infrastructure funding, race relations, housing policy, employee rights, separation of church and state, etc. There’s plenty more but that’s enough don’t you think?

Every one of these issues affects you and me and every other resident of CT no matter their age, gender, race, orientation, religion, income, or physical ability.

Sorry, but I think it is just absurd to say Trump has nothing to do with CT. That’s why no smart voter who cares about our future and our country should vote for any Republican this year regardless of whether it’s a national, state, or local office. It’s a party run by old white men, who are now protecting the worst president in our history. Really sad to see you supporting Trump and the Republican Party now actually.

Lisa Brinton Thomson September 27, 2018 at 4:55 pm

Mike it’s sad to see you filibustering.
On the night he won the primary Lamont told supporters he gives President Donald Trump an “F.”
“But I can’t blame Washington for the problems we have here and our fiscal crisis.” Lamont said. “That happened on our watch. And my job will be to turn this state around.”

Isabelle Hargrove September 27, 2018 at 5:13 pm

@Tysen Canevari
The Norwalk League of Women Voters will be holding a forum with Bob Duff and Marc D’Amelio on Thursday, October 25th @7 PM at City Hall.

Lisa Brinton Thomson September 27, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Mike M. Also, please don’t lecture me, a single mother and three time cancer survivor about women’s reproductive rights, healthcare, age, gender, the environment, religion or any other social issue you claim to be an expert on. You only do yourself a disservice 🙂 Have a great evening!

Reasonable Doubt September 27, 2018 at 5:33 pm

@ Mayor Rilling

How can you condone the language of your appointed official Mike Mushake. How can any Republican expect to present in front of Mike Mushake’s commission/committee and expect a fair hearing.

To Wit – “and all of the other Republican [candidates] who refuse to denounce our disgusting traitor of a president and his regressive policies that are racist, anti-women, anti-healthcare, homophobic, anti-climate change, pro-pollution, pro-Russia, anti-trade, and all around bad for America and our future

Kind of like the farce Kavanaugh is getting today. Mike Mushake should be removed from his position on the Planning Committee.

Mike Mushak September 27, 2018 at 6:38 pm

@Lisa, all the admirable and heroic bio material you mention, which of course I respect, makes it even more astounding that you are now a registered Republican pushing candidates who support Trump!

It must be awesome to have such cognitive dissonance from your own experiences and reality. I mean, you seem to be smart enough to be totally aware of the GOP stance on women’s rights, equal pay, gay rights, voting rights, environmental protection, etc. Yet you are now an active member of that very same political party that works hard to oppose these basic rights and issues every day. You must realize now as a registered Republican that the GOP supports arresting and incarcerating women who get abortions, right? Trump supports that too, the president you now support and defend. Wow. And you must know that the official platform of the Republican Party is to reverse the constitutional right to marry for gay folks like me. Think about that the next time you write your check to the RNC or any candidate who supports Trump or is a member of the Republican Party.

And as I recall, you spent a lot of space on this site and elsewhere declaring your revulsion at the political party system, and even said that we should have non-partisan elections. What happened to that old non-partisan Lisa? A clear explanation would be appreciated.

Rick September 27, 2018 at 6:42 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N) was selected to build the U.S. Air Force’s next training jet in a contract worth up to $9.2 billion over the life of the program, the Air Force said on Thursday.

also Reuters

The company just won its second Pentagon contract in three weeks after a seven-year dry spell. The company, in partnership with the Italian firm Leonardo, will replace the Air Force’s UH-1N “Huey” choppers, tasked with protecting the nation’s nuclear bases. The initial contract is worth $367 million for four helicopters, but the full contract could be worth up to $2.38 billion if the Air Force orders the additional 80 aircraft it wants by 2031.

Shame our Ct Democrats didn’t learn to play nice in DC.

Mike doesn’t understand who the enemy is. its not the Republicans.

Firetree has risen from the ashes just in time for the Election. How is Mike going to sell Duff when it was his job to work on Sober houses and laws?

Murphy had a sober bill started and then the contributions came in.

Democrats as a whole are decent people like John and Ted from Boston were . But the Norwalk Democrats became fractured leaving a bad taste with most.

Now we have Firetree right before the election , tell the democrats how good they are but don’t ask those bitten by the blue bug to support the party.

I am suggesting don’t vote for Duff but follow your party , ask yourself what could of been done before a death of a neighborhood .

Duff, the automated parking garage system at Wall Street Place is the first in the state and its $5 million cost was funded by the State of Connecticut.
“Without the support of Gov.(Dannel) Malloy this project would not be happening,” Duff said.

More AC for the schools fuel for the free fire boat .

Ron Morris September 27, 2018 at 9:50 pm

Its not often that I agree with Mike Mushak, however in this case he is 100 percent correct. Also D’Amelio is saying everything that is wrong with Duff yet he fails to even once say how he will fix things. I read on facebook how D’Amelio’s big concern is that Duff is using an older picture on his campaign sign . This sounds lie something Trump would say as in the birther lie.
As a side note glad to see that Lisa Brinton Thomson has become a good Republican and follows like a sheep. Please lets not forget how the sell out Lisa Brinton Thomson condemned the 2 party system, yet is now part of the swamp.

Danny September 28, 2018 at 12:21 am

Mushak,

I’m a gay man who supports Trump for various reasons. I’m not a racist or ‘homophobe’, as you indicated above that we are automatically lumped into the same basket of deplorables.

You’re demonstrating to me that radical liberals such as yourself are the problem here. Why can’t you respect those who simply have a different view? Why are we automatically racist, anti-women, anti-healthcare, homophobic, anti-climate change, pro-pollution, pro-Russia, anti-trade? I respect your view on politics, although I don’t agree with them. I’m not going to write a 10 paragraph diatribe of hate/anger about those who vote differently than me. Life is too short to carry that around.

I don’t agree with OUR President on all the issues, but I’ll be damned if a fellow gay man shames me for believing that my hard earned money should be spend responsibly, that Americans come first and our Veterans and Black/Hispanic communities DESERVE BETTER. Sadly, those demographics are being pandered to for their vote, then left out to dry until the next election cycle.

#MAGA2020. #EnoughOFDuff #Marc4Senate

Joe September 28, 2018 at 12:58 am

Sen. Graham SC may have, once again, saved our country with a 5 minute speech! Wow.

Remember, in 1998, then Rep. Graham delivered a short high quality speech which ensured the impeachment, made him a national political star and earned him a seat in the US Senate.

Well spoken common sense rhetoric will beat political money and lobbying clout everytime. Cases in point, Graham, Lincoln and Trump.

Mike Mushak September 28, 2018 at 7:11 am

I’m struck by commenters here on NoN who feel free to insult and berate me, yet refuse to post comments under their full real names. It’s like we have two sets of rules, one for responsible members of the community, and another for {…}.

I say it’s time to change this policy. If {…} can’t take responsibility for their own words by using their real names, they shouldn’t be allowed to post their caustic comments and personal attacks.

As far as “Danny” goes, a self-described Trump-loving gay man, all I can say is there were also Jews who initially supported Nazi’s as well. Until it was too late of course.

“Gays not served here” is now legal, and it’s not a stretch to imagine a Kavenaugh voting against gay marriage and returning us to a despised class full of self-haters and high rates of suicide and personal shame.

I remember those days before gay rights, before generations marched and lobbied hard for equality so gay men like Danny could live with rights we only dreamed about back in the 1970’s when the long battle for equality began.

Eliminating the right to marriage equality is actually the official platform and goal of the Republican Party, as is eliminating the right for women to control their own bodies and medical decisions and the right to affordable healthcare and the right to vote without discrimination and the right to clean air and water.

My heart breaks for America.

Edited to remove insults, a violation of the comment policy. https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/comment-guidelines/

Rick September 28, 2018 at 9:46 am

This is why Trump is doing so well , in fact Ill vote for him twice next time if that ensures the right people are targeted. My thoughts have nothing to do with lifestyle or race.

marija bryant September 28, 2018 at 10:08 am

Yesterday’s Senate hearings could not have been clearer about the difference between the two parties. The morning, with Dr. Ford, was human, inclusive and supportive. Interestingly, the Republicans chose not to engage with a woman and “outsourced” their interaction to another woman. In their role as Olympian gods, the Republicans chose not to engage with a mere mortal. What was the comment? She was “pleasing” – what condescension. The afternoon, with Judge Kavanaugh, was self-righteous (“How could the do this to ME?”), belligerent, and fiery. He was not “pleasing”. The Olympian gods threw their “outsourced” human away and took the reins of the golden chariot to drive home their chosen one. Trumpism in full. Take no prisoners. Give no ground.

Observing this hardened my stance that I will not vote for anyone – state or local – who does not have enough of a spine to disavow that culture of anger, arrogance, and adversarial thinking. I thought – as a society – we were better than this. You know — all that “of the people, by the people and for the people” stuff. My opinion? Any vote for any Republican is a vote to enable a belief system that is just flat bad for us – the regular folks who care about where we live and about the folks who live around us.

One thing I will say for the Trump administration – they have not hidden behind “nice”. Melania’s coat laid it out perfectly – “I really don’t care”. They really don’t. Not about people. Not about the environment. Not about art, culture and history. Not about anything but holding on to power. God help us….

Victor Cavallo September 28, 2018 at 1:55 pm

Sen. Blumenthal missed an opportunity to hire Mike Mushak as a committee staffer for the Kavenaugh hearings. I’m sure if he had, we would have been entertained by a few more mystery witnesses making uncorroborated allegations aimed at destroying the nominee’s reputation. Mr. Mushak, well known to the readers of NoN, historically has done well sullying the reputations of republicans by innuendo; and case in point is Mark D’Amelio. Plus there are many other republican victims of Mr. Mushak’s old poison pen tomes, two of whom are in this thread and many more who have been reading it. But he’s notched it up a bit since the old days: now if you defend yourself you might be a homophobe.

Danny September 28, 2018 at 10:35 pm

Oh Mikey…. I’m tickled pink by your twisted reply to my comment. The DNC would be proud of your pivoting and spins! You’ve done well! *Pats you on the head*

I’m going to straighten you out REAL quick, ok? Don’t EVER bring up Jews in this forum again. I, a Jew myself who lost family members in the holocaust, am offended and disgusted by your comment. You’ve gone too far.

Perhaps if you {…} focus on your inner-self, you’d be a happier individual. Clearly the tremendous hate you have is coming within.

Nancy, I expect this comment to be published in its entirety, especially defending my religion. Thanks.

#LGBT4TRUMP #MAGA

Edited to remove a reference to personal relationships, a violation of the comments policy. https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/comment-guidelines/

Mike Mushak September 29, 2018 at 7:40 am

@ Danny, looks like you need an education in your beloved Trump and how as a gay man you are actually supporting your oppressor. That is of course if you really are a gay Trump supporter, which I find highly implausible.

But assuming you are a truthful commenter, even though you aren’t identifying yourself to allow verification (which I believe everyone should do on this site to foster honest debate), I’d be curious what your thoughts are of the following facts:

Trump and Attorney General Sessions have taken every opportunity to promote discrimination against LGBTQ people in health care, social services, private business, employment, and state- and federally-funded government services.

Trump and his administration announced a ban on transgender people in the military; fired the entire presidential AIDS commission; decided not to collect data on LGBTQ people in the census; pulled questions about LGBTQ seniors in a health survey on the elderly; supports employer discrimination against LGBTQ people; backs allowing discrimination in public accommodations against LGBTQ people; appoints anti-LGBTQ judges to federal courts; and has reversed American leadership to promote an end to anti-LGBTQ persecution around the world.

Vote Democrat this November to put an end to this Republican-backed nightmare, especially if you are a woman, or LGBTQ, or an immigrant, or a member of an ethnic or racial minority that Trump has attacked in his daily spewing of hatred and racism that are always met with silence by the complicit and morally corrupt Republican leaders, proving they hold the same ugly opinions.

Enough said.

Mike Mushak September 29, 2018 at 8:03 am

@Victor, I’m flattered you give me such awesome credit for “sullying the reputations of Republicans on this site”, but I think they are doing a good job of that themselves.

Just look at their own record, and look at the official platform of the Republican Party that they all support which includes eliminating the right to gay marriage, criminalizing abortion and contraception, eliminating regulations that protect our precious air and water, eliminating affordable healthcare, and reducing the social safety net including Medicare and Social Security by that so many disabled and seniors rely on to survive, and to add insult to injury, they support regressive redistribution of wealth by using those cuts to the poor and middle class to pay for tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations.

As you can see, there’s no need for me to “sully their reputations.” They do a good job all by themselves! But thank you for the credit anyway.

Mitch Adis September 29, 2018 at 8:11 am

Democrats are good a running thing into the ground. Democrats are good at slowing progress for their benefit. Democrats are good at giving away our money, but keep their own. Just look around you. I plan on voting out every incumbent democrat in November. We Democrats should be scared since there are many more like me but are staying silent.

Lisa September 29, 2018 at 8:17 am

If you showed me how to effectively win an election while maintaining U/I status, I would work overtime on that campaign. The biggest hurdle locally and nationally is tribalism. Why don’t the candidates talk about how they’re going to bring back bipartisan politics? Why don’t we let the candidates talk about the issues and leave their loud mouthed handlers at home – they’re certainly not boosting the candidate appeal to voters – on either side!

Wondering September 29, 2018 at 8:25 am

@V – agree. Candidate recently suggested dialog focus on issues. Still wondering about his position on bicycle safety, current helmet laws, etc. (and his responsibility as a parent).

Curious Voter September 30, 2018 at 3:14 pm

There’s no way anyone should support ANY Republican that doesn’t denounce this president, he’s un-American! If you’re afraid to tell the truth (out loud) about the worst president America has ever had, you should be ashamed to ask for anyone to vote for you.

quaker October 3, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Since we are NOT talking about DUFF what he has done or not done for the Norwalk/Darien the area he represents and blame Trump for what he has done affected the state. So in 2011 when Bob Duff approved the HIGHEST TAX INCREASE in modern Connecticut History of Gov. Malloy of 1.8 BILLION PACKAGE in 2011 do we Blame the president of the US at that time also which was Obama? Then 4 years later another increases worth between $670 and $895 million. So who is to blame now? I am just wondering because the blame game is just silly and look what has been done for YOU the TAX PAYER of NORWALK/DARIEN. Not Bridgeport not Hartford or other areas of the State but where we live Norwalk. So please stop blaming the presidents and US Senators. Blame your Representative of Norwalk area.

https://ctmirror.org/2018/10/01/not-trick-question-governor-responsible-top-two-tax-increases-ct-history/

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