A decade or so ago Norwalk had two vigorous political parties with a smaller independent homeowners party. Each mostly staffed by local business owners committed to keeping Norwalk an affordable city where residents on social security could retire. Those days are long gone courtesy of the big box nemesis that forced out most of our local homeowner business community.
Now we’re a one party city with a former police chief as Mayor, Council members few of whom have any business experience, per-capita city outlays some 30% higher than Danbury, and falling property values. City employees avoid living in Norwalk as long-time homeowners are forced out amidst a surge in renters. Norwalk we hardly know thee.
Republicans have by and large withdrawn from city life, save for some distinguished BOE members. Word is their Town Committee is pretty much an “old folks” council. Last Mayoral election Republicans went on “holiday” displaced by a new Independent candidate Ms. Lisa Brinton Thompson. Word is the Republicans — lacking a credible experienced well-known candidate themselves in the coming election — can’t quite get together and support Ms. Brinton again. A matter of pride? Or stubbornness?
So Norwalk, once a vibrant affordable well regarded City, will now forever be a one-party Democratic-run city led by city employees sharing the same fate as Connecticut’s once-proud cities. In a Democratic run state widely considered the most mismanaged in the nation, Mayor Rilling calls Norwalk “CT’s Greatest City”.
Are Norwalk’s Republicans just history? Kind of looks that way.
Peter I Berman