Sen. Duff’s public rebuke of Norwalk’s Board of Education Chair for a letter has no precedent and raises disturbing questions. Sen. Duff remained quiet several years ago when three Democrat BOE members with NAACP support accused the entire BOE of “discrimination” but failed to submit any evidence. That accusation had no precedent in Connecticut and damaged our City’s reputation. All three BOE members subsequently either retired or were defeated during re-election.
Curiously no other City official or senior Democratic Town Committee or BOE official has supported Sen. Duff, save Mayor Rilling. Nor is the NAACP planning “demonstrations” among its 100 or so members. So what’s going on here? Is it just giving Mayor Rilling more “cover” in his upcoming re-election campaign?
Sen. Duff was elected to represent Norwalk in our legislature. Mayor Rilling is ex-officio at BOE meetings. He has a public form to speak out if he chooses to at BOE meetings.
Or he could register his disapproval privately. Taking the courteous route. As he did some years ago.
Norwalk has long had trouble recruiting capable and experienced citizens to serve on elected Boards. Sen. Duff’s troubling attack on the BOE is really an attack on all of us.
It’s crude vulgar politics pure and simple. Sen. Duff owes Norwalk an apology. Our BOE merits our continued appreciation. Because they earn it week by week.
Peter I Berman