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Connecticut needs Republican leadership

Every now and then Democrats and Republicans agree, it should be noted.

When Norwalk Democratic Party Chair Eloisa Melendez wrote to NancyOnNorwalk, “Norwalk and Connecticut’s future require thoughtful leadership as we look to invest in and improve our local economy, address local challenges, and move through a global pandemic,” she spoke not only of her party but our party priorities.

Furthermore, Ms. Melendez described not only Democrat but Republican candidates, stating, “They are invested in Norwalk. They have raised children here, started successful businesses, run non-profits, supported local organizations attended houses of worship, and assisted community efforts throughout the pandemic.”

And I do believe Democratic candidates are determined to improve the quality of life for Connecticut citizens.

But they are not doing it. They are failing.  It is the inability of Democrats to fulfill the desire to improve life in Connecticut that prompts reason to make the change this year. Under Democratic leadership the Connecticut economy has suffered year after year after year. Barron’s Magazine ranks Connecticut’s financial situation 46th in the nation (“Is Your State in Financial Trouble? Here’s How All 50 Stack Up” by Leslie P. Norton, August 31, 2020). Barron’s observes Connecticut is “The state with the highest overall debt burden on a per capita and a per GDP basis.”

The American Legislative Exchange Council “Rich States, Poor States” Economic Competitiveness Index report for 2020 describes Connecticut’s economy as in “Freefall.” The report asserts Connecticut’s Real Personal Income growth ranks last in the nation and employment growth ranks 47th.

Connecticut’s unfunded pension liability ranks fourth worst in the nation according to the Foundation for Economic Education. It is a debt burden of $9,933 for every Connecticut citizen, including children. It is a debt that diminishes the ability for Connecticut to invest in the infrastructure to help out local residents, healthcare and business innovation which Eloisa Melendez points to as priorities of the Democrats who have been in power for years.

Ms. Melendez says the Democratic policies give people reason to stay in Connecticut, but in fact, our state is losing population more rapidly than 41 of the 50 States. Fewer people live in Connecticut today than a decade ago, and the loss of population every year since 2014 represents the first time in more than a century that our State population has shrunk so consistently for so long.

The improved quality of life in Connecticut that both Democrats and Republicans desire simply cannot come about if the state continues to spend more than it can afford, levy taxes that force citizens to find affordable lives in other states, and incur debt that will burden citizens for generations to come. To improve, Republicans offer the candidacy of Elisavet “Ellie” Kousidis running for the 25th Senate District along with State Assembly incumbent candidate Terri Wood of the 141st District, former Representative Fred Wilms of the 142nd District, and Assembly candidates Ellen Wink of the 137th District, Patrizia Zucaro of the 143rd, and John Flynn of the 140th District.

“Let’s be real,” as Ms. Melendez opens her assessment of the campaign. Once again, I agree with the directive, but the numbers do not support the Democratic ticket. Connecticut is simply worse off because of the mismanagement of our economy by Democrats. They have dug a big hole that will take years to fill. The time to turn things around has come and voters should select Republican candidates to turn Connecticut back in the right direction.

Carl Dickens, Chair, Norwalk Republican Town Committee

6 comments

Milly September 21, 2020 at 5:55 am

It was under republican Gov. Rowland that the huge pension give away was set in place. Since then it has fell on democrats to deal with.

John O'Neill September 21, 2020 at 9:01 am

Good Points Carl. A Great example of failed leadership is recent flap between Duff and NPD. One would argue he abused his political “privilege” to try to taint NPD.
Another great example of failed leadership is lack of sufficient funding for ELL learners. I’m sure Dr. Estrella is SHOCKED to find all white districts like West Hartford getting 2x the ECS funds Norwalk gets. What’s that all about?
A third and less obvious example: our elected officials not fulfilling their minimal duties to represent Norwalk in legislative committees. Heck, it just came to light Chris Perone missed the only 2 meeting Energy Committee had in February. It looks like he missed 3/4 of Appropriations committee meetings. IS that the kind of representation Norwalkers want in Hartford? Some might call this “misrepresentation” not representation. Holy cow, this is serious stuff. We need to understand that.
How about the support Lucy Dathan and others gave Bob Duff in Police travesty? It makes me think she just does what she’s told by leadership. Do we want our elected officials blindly following leaders, most of which are from upstate? I just don’t see it.

Joe Ruggerio September 21, 2020 at 2:31 pm

The democrats, instead of controlled spending and cutting unnecessary welfare programs, pilfered the transportation funds. Ned tried to get tolls so he could get that money back but we wouldn’t have it. Now he is showing his true tyranny colors and fining people for living free. These Democrats, in all their years in control, have wasted away our hard earned money.
Time for the Republicans to take control. After all, look at the greatness Trump accomplished in 3 short years compared to Obama’s eight years and doesn’t hold a candle to Trump.

Ron Morris September 21, 2020 at 3:04 pm

Milly is correct except the she forgot to mention it’s the twice convicted felon Rowland.

Also for all those that think Republican leadership is the answer, I have one question how did that work out with Trump?

Bryan Meek September 22, 2020 at 7:08 am

We know local Democrats support Ganim. And I’m curious about the Rowland convictions myself. Recall he was facing 15 years in prison and threatened to expose others in the state house. Mysteriously he was only convicted to one year right after making those threats to the Democrat controlled machine.

I personally know scores of Democrats who support Trump quietly. Many of them were life long Kennedy democrats and extended family members. They are not interested in turning our cities into burning cesspools of destruction and are not at all happy about the loss of freedoms that was only supposed to last two weeks. Their view is they can survive another 4 years of Trump, but aren’t sure we can survive Biden selling us out to the Chinese who would kill the global economy and millions of people with a virus to gain advantage.

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