D’Amelio will bring change to Hartford

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Marc D’Amelio is a self-made, successful businessman born and raised in Norwalk who is not a member of the Connecticut swamp.

Marc is running for state senate against Senator Bob Duff. Bob Duff is the leader of the senate controlled by the Democratic party and Malloy’s right-hand man. We can thank Duff as Malloy’s unyielding supporter in the senate for the disastrous financial condition of our state.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting change.

Marc D’Amelio will bring change. Please vote for Marc on Nov. 6th and help him effect change in our state!


Jim Demark


The writer is a member of the Darien Republican Town Committee.


Ron Morris October 28, 2018 at 5:18 am

This guy is a joke. He says ZERO about how he will accomplish anything. His whole campaign is just about finding fault with Duff and not how he will be any better.

I asked this several times yet no one can seem to answer this as he brags about his business experience.

Tell us a little about Marc’s business as all I can seem to find is a nonsense facebook page , a picture of a non decrepit building and a inactive website. What is his Dun and BradStreet Number so we can research his business experience??? Also let’s see some of his tax returns. If he wants to brag about his business experience he needs to be prepared to put up.

B Meek October 28, 2018 at 12:19 pm

Ron Morrris, {…} continues to freely insult others without editing. I will be edited for sure, so you won’t even see this.

No more taxes. No toll. No Duff. Pretty simple.

Some can argue finer policy points. The facts are society can no longer afford the tact Duff has been on and an empty chair would do better. Marc brings a lot more than that, of course. But the artery of the states future needs a tourniquet before the patient dies and that begins with sending Duff back into the private sector so he can see first hand what he has sewn.

Edited to remove an apparent guess at a commenter’s identity. Per the comment policy, making assertions about the identities of commenters using screen names is not permitted. https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/comment-guidelines/

Bob Welsh October 28, 2018 at 2:40 pm


There are comments in this thread, in all directions, where parties could take offense, or not. Ron Morris accused one party of “spreading lies”. You called someone else “a liar.” Neither comment was edited. I edit what I consider flagrant insults only. For example, if a commenter calls someone a moron, that will be edited.

My hope has been that minimal editing will remind people to be civil. Unfortunately a few threads turn less than civil. Some commenters describe others with borderline insults, and then take offense when the same or similar language is directed at them.

All the commenters here are interested in influencing others. I’ve never been convinced of anything by snark and bombast – have you? That being the case, how about everyone take a deep breath and make their respective cases with facts and figures, rather than snark and bombast?

Rusty Guardrail October 28, 2018 at 3:42 pm


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environmental protection
help for those who need it
a free press
healthcare reform that will benefit all citizens



Ron Morris October 28, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Thanks for the info however as per his linkedin page he has not been associated with madsoul since 3007.

Ken October 28, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Sadly by what I see of Mark the only change will be for the worse. He has yet to say how he will accomplish making things better. He has also failed to provide any proof of the business experience that he brags about. His whole campaign is about what Duff has not done instead of how and what he will do.

Mitch Adis October 28, 2018 at 8:55 pm

We can all agree that Duff has said he will do a lot for us and has delivered ZERO. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result. Enough of the Duff insanity and time for a change…

Ron Morris October 28, 2018 at 10:42 pm

Here are Bob Duffs quantifications before he was elected to the State senate.

He was a field coordinator for the John B. Larson for Governor Campaign in 1994. He was a campaign manager in the Norwalk mayoral race in 1995.
In 2001, he ran in a special election for the seat in the Connecticut House of Representatives left vacant by Alex Knopp when he took office as mayor of Norwalk. He beat Republican Kevin Fitzgerald by 281 votes (1210 -929).[3][4] He was re-elected in the 2002 general election.[5] As a state Representative, Duff served as the House vice-chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, and as a member of the Banks, Higher Education & Advancement Committee and the Select Committee on Housing.

A few of his Associations
Member, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 2007–present
Board Member, Mid Fairfield County Child Guidance Center, 2005–present
Member, Advisory Board, Family and Children’s Agency, 2004–present
Board Member, Elderhouse Adult Day Care Center, 2002–present
Board Member, Human Service Council, 2002–present
Board Member, Norwalk Tree Alliance, 2002–present
Member, Advisory Board, Norwalk Land Trust, 2001–present
Member, Mid Fairfield Board of Realtors, 1995–present
Board Member, Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, 2008
Member, Emerging Leaders’ Conference, State Legislative Leaders Foundation, 2006
Member, Fleming Fellows Leadership Institute of the Center for Policy Alternatives, 2004
Member, Family and Children’s Agency
Member, Norwalk United Methodist Church


Isabelle Hargrove October 29, 2018 at 6:57 am

My feeling is that the few commenters decrying Marc’s lack of platform have made very little attempt at finding out anything about his plan and ideas to turn our state around and get Norwalk and Darien no longer ignored and used as cash cows by the State.

His platform is available on his website:


His Facebook page has multiple posts about his positions and specific ideas.

Some examples below:


Marc also held an Education Forum to discuss the important issue of funding for Norwalk, vocational training and unfunded mandates.

Finally, should anyone have a question or need more information, Marc has made himself remarkably available via emails, calls, or one on one meetings. You can email him at [email protected],

As far as his business experience, this is again a red herring from detractors. Marc runs a successful business and would be happy to discuss more details face to face with anyone interested. There are also articles posted on his website which demonstrate both Marc’s business savvy and compassion. They are worth a read, keeping in mind he was not a politician at the time using compassion for votes…

The question is, where is Senator Duff’s platform to get us out of the mess he got us in?

That’s right, he doesn’t even think there is a mess to fix and he just wants to stay the course.

Lisa Brinton Thomson October 29, 2018 at 8:45 am

Ron, You are right, that is an impressive list of political assignments, memberships and affiliations over the course of Bob’s career. Will you now list his financial or economic accomplishments and what he has done to help Norwalk or move the state into a more competitive or fiscally solvent position?

Ron Morris October 29, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Thank You for the link and proving my point that Marc has NO solutions. The links that you posted are simply full of old washed out talking points . He says ZERO about how he will accomplish anything.

I also asked that you post his Dun and Bradstreet info which most real business have and you seemed to have ignored that request. If he wants to brag about being a successful business person he needs to prove it.

Ron Morris October 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm

I see that you are now a full fledged Republican mouthpiece ….Odd considering how you condemned the 2 party system just a year ago. Here is a link to the many accomplishments from Bob Duff as you requested. A simple Google search will give you more. I do realize that this will not suffice as it is very common of Republicans to disregard the many many accomplishments of the Democrats.

Lisa Brinton Thomson October 29, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Ron, Nice try. I’m not a fully fledged anything at the moment (lol.) except an overtaxed CT resident and Norwalk property owner. After voting for Bob for a number of years – I found a few elections back that insanity is defined as doing the same thing over again and hoping for a different result. The same holds true for Harry. I voted for him once (even had his sign in my yard) until I realized he wasn’t sincere about addressing the city’s land use issues. Despite Bob (and Harry it seems) having their real estate licenses, both appear to be in denial about the state’s economy and the impact it is having on the private sector’s largest asset- their home!

Ron Morris October 29, 2018 at 2:54 pm

You do realize that the states decline is because of the union deals aka pensions signed by the twice convicted felon Republican Rowland. Also nice to see how you ignored the accomplishments of Duff that I posted in the link just like I said you would.

Jeffery October 29, 2018 at 4:13 pm

I agree that we need a change from Duff but I have zero confidence that Marc is the guy to get it done. I’m not a gambling man so I’m not betting on inexperience.

I also have to agree with the comments of a few other folks that made in regards to Republicans aligned with Trump. The old idiom applies here… Silence is consent.

Bryan Meek October 29, 2018 at 6:13 pm

By Jefferys circular logic, since some of Duff’s biggest campaign inside supporters have been going after Marc’s family, Duff is responsible for not denouncing it and therefore supports going after Marc’s family. See how that works? My vote is for Marc, an empty chair 2nd, and the guy that has cost this city and state billions of dollars somewhere after.

Ron Morris October 29, 2018 at 8:11 pm

Correct Andrew Rowland and Rell are the ones that signed off on the unfunded pension as part of the union contracts

Ron Morris October 29, 2018 at 8:15 pm

Tell us Bryan how has Duff gone after Marc’s family? Also please back it up with a link to a reputable website.

Jeff October 30, 2018 at 8:58 am

Andrew, Mitch, if you understand pensions, yes, Roland’s failure to fund pensions during his tenure greatly impacts future budgets. Roland and Rell both failed to fund pension obligations during their terms, passing the buck.

Bryan Meek October 30, 2018 at 12:56 pm

@Jeff. When Malloy started his first term the teachers pension fund was 61% actuarially funded. Today it is 52%. That has nothing to do with Roland or Rell, who weren’t great either. Malloy has poured gasoline on the situation and this is the ticking time bomb in state finances. Malloy and Duff own this. As much and as everyone wants to blame Republicans for the weather and anything else bad that happens, until we all deal with the reality of the situation it will continue to deteriorate. It was very clear from the debate, Bob’s platform, and his campaign manager that things couldn’t be more swell and that anything that is wrong is because of Republicans. Sorry after 16 years of mismanagement I find this pathetic.

Lisa Brinton Thomson October 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm

Quite funny that we are all still commenting here because nobody’s political opinion is being swayed one way or the other; but I’ll say this – if all Marc did was cast a reliable vote for fiscal sanity – that would be enough for me. Tired of Norwalk bailing out bankrupt cities and getting short changed on state projects and ECS. In Norwalk’s case, ‘Kindness has NOT come back to us.’

Jeff October 30, 2018 at 3:37 pm

@Bryan – Wasn’t the decrease in pension funding because Malloy dropped the expected return to a more realistic number? And didn’t he actually funded his obligations each year (unlike his predecessors)?

Bryan Meek October 30, 2018 at 9:02 pm

@Jeff. I wish. We’d all be a lot better off. He dropped the discount rate from 8.5 to 8. {…} We are screwed if this keep up. And no, he never made payments…..like all his predecessors, right or wrong, blue or red….this is our problem. On top of that he stole 500 million out of the underground storage tank buildup along the way to pay for his shopping spree. Whoever gets elected needs to be put on a tight leash. We can’t afford this, no matter how much Bob Duff and Mary Pugh want us to believe that things are swimming with unicorns.

Edited to remove an insult.

Bryan Meek October 31, 2018 at 12:03 am

Comment disallowed because it contains a demonstrably false statement about edits made to a prior comment.

Ron Morris October 31, 2018 at 2:49 am


1.I asked you in response to your statement for you to post a link.

Tell us Bryan how has Duff supporter gone after Marc’s family? Also please back it up with a link to a reputable website.

You failed to answer or post a link so I will take it that you are posting fake news.

2. You state
Show me one point where Marc has been campaigning for Trump?

I don’t see anyone saying that other than you that Marc has been campaigning for Trump.

Post a link if this is not more fake news.

3. Please post a link to back up your post in response to Jeff’s post as your reply once again stinks of fake news.

Jeff October 31, 2018 at 8:27 am

@Bryan I see the discount rate was dropped to 6.9%. And yes, he made his required payments. Regardless, I’d be happy to hear how Marc is going to fix this.

Bryan Meek October 31, 2018 at 1:26 pm

The proof is in the very first sentence of the very first comment on this thread. The discount rate stands at 8%. The TRB percentage funding went down from 62% 2018 to 54% in 2016. How can Malloy’s funding be adequate when it went down every single year, including years with massive stock market growth. Every new hire needs to move to 401k. This is the only way to get out of this and it will take decades.

Pauly October 31, 2018 at 3:13 pm

@ V – I’m also just one person commenting here.

Is it really that hard to believe these folks are opposed to your candidate?

Jeff October 31, 2018 at 3:55 pm

I haven’t stated support for a candidate either, but I have a strong preference for candidates who put forward real, thoughtful solutions. The pension dilemma is the most troubling issue to me in the state, and I haven’t seen good solutions put forth to address it. Instead I see finger pointing as to who is to blame for its current state. Spoiler – both parties are to blame.

Bryan Meek October 31, 2018 at 4:36 pm

@Jeff. 401ks for all new hires. Ride out the storm for the next 20 years. That’s how long it is going to take. The state has demonstrably proven that it has ZERO business in managing retirement funds.

Ron Morris October 31, 2018 at 5:26 pm

I can tell you that I am me and only me.
So are you saying that anyone (which is most) that doesn’t want Marc are all the same person? Come now you can do better than that.
Still waiting for you link to support your claims. See my post above. If you don’t post back up proof we can only assume that you are posting fake new,

Jeff October 31, 2018 at 5:26 pm

That would be ideal, but would be difficult to do. Other ideas:
– remove overtime from payment calculations
– get rid of cost of living increases
– increase employee contributions
– quit exempting a portion of pensions from state taxes

Ron Morris October 31, 2018 at 7:44 pm

The first paragraph in the first comment is from me and states

“This guy is a joke. He says ZERO about how he will accomplish anything. His whole campaign is just about finding fault with Duff and not how he will be any better.”

How is that proof of
1. That Duff supporters have gone after Marc’s family?
2.That someone said Marc has been campaigning for Trump?
3.How does this back up your post in response to Jeff’s post as your reply?

Your lack of a link and your avoidance of the request proves to me that you are posting fake news.

B Meek November 1, 2018 at 7:40 am

maybe Ron was out of town and missed the story where sealed court records were leaked. He could also look up Bob’s facebook friends who are reposting Marc’s childrens social media posts and making off color comments about it. Bob could have faked being put off, instead he had lame excuses. Of all the things Bob has done, including shortchanging Norwalk several hundred million, I find this most disappointing.

B Meek November 1, 2018 at 7:48 am

Jeff Mandatory colas are already illegal thanks to a court case in NJ upheld by the appellate court. All it takes in CT is a willing legislature to flip the switch. Bob Duff is owned by the unions so the statehouse needs change for that to happen. Teachers and only teachers get a 25% tax break….this is new under Malloy and Duff only. It was going to be 50% this year, but is one of the things Republicans actually bargained to keep at 25. It should be zero or a discount for all seniors keeping in mind the average pension payout for teachers is $60k this year whereas SS is $17k. Overtime should be rescinded in its entirety except for safety and highway crews.

V November 1, 2018 at 8:50 am

@Ron – I’d ask that you go back and read my question to posed to the NON people. It was not a statement – read it again. It’s been an issue in the past for this news site.

The truth is I haven’t decided who I am going to vote for – obviously Marc has brought some energy and a fresh perspective while Mr Duff has a long track record. Ive seen lots and lots of both of their yard signs but i’d like to see more from the candidates in this final week before i pull the lever.

Bob Welsh November 1, 2018 at 10:09 am


Pardon, I didn’t realize this was addressed to us. As best as we can tell, the commenters you mentioned are all different people.

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