To Norwalk DTC Chair Camacho and Senate Majority Leader Duff. Hi, my name is Doug Thomson, Norwalk Mayoral Candidate Lisa Brinton’s son, writing from afar in Bengaluru, India.
Your recent comments in the Hour and elsewhere that my mother is “anti-immigrant and anti-people of color,” among other absurdities, depresses me greatly. It has only given me heightened appreciation as to why modern American politics has become so intractable.
In Washington, people who say they want a pathway to citizenship for DREAMERs are regularly chastised for being pro “open borders.” Those who highlight that Medicare and Social Security are unsustainable in their current form are written off as anti-senior. It is therefore of little surprise that when a local mayoral candidate says they want to prevent unscrupulous landlords from illegally subdividing their properties and not paying fair tax, or to ensure that Hartford assists Norwalk in paying the cost of absorbing a few hundred unanticipated unaccompanied minors, one gets blasted as “anti-immigrant” and worse.
Mr. Camacho’s platitudes would be funny if they weren’t so indicative of the incapacity of our contemporary political system to solve any complex nuanced issue, as politicians are more inclined to smear others with absurdist banners (you’re a racist, homophobe, nativist, “you don’t believe in the Second Amendment,” you’re a National Socialist, a Communist, the devil himself), and thereby hide, than engage in a nitty gritty debate as to why they believe their opponent’s policies are ineffectual, redundant, or misguided. It is a profound sign of intellectual laziness and a sad belief in the public’s incapacity to think too.
Lisa Brinton has spent the past 15 years working to better our proudly diverse school system, has help teach hundreds of NPS students to write, and spent countless hours volunteering in the Norwalk Housing Authority. Saying that she is “anti-everything that isn’t her homogeneous version of America,” is quite genuinely the most ludicrous line I have ever read. I do not know the DTC Chair, but his recent comments are that of nothing but a bully.
Fortunately for Messrs Camacho and Duff, it will be tough to dislodge an incumbent Democrat by a hereto unknown candidate in Democrat leaning Norwalk. Granted. However, I believe the fact that they are resorting to such nasty names indicates that she at least has a shot!
I am proud that my mother is out ruffling feathers and has actually made the 2019 mayoral race a competitive one.