Duff has been there for Darien

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Every four years it feels like we are saying that “this is the most important election in our lifetimes.” This year however, that would be an understatement. Our freedoms, our country, the legitimacy of our government are all on the line. Now more than ever it is important that we not forget the down ballot races. The Connecticut State Legislature has become a bulwark against the Republican U.S. Senate and the Republican Supreme Court. That is why this year I am voting to reelect Bob Duff to the State Senate.

Bob has been there for Darien when we have needed him the most. The last eight months he has worked non stop helping us with unemployment, mortgage assistance and working with the Governor to make it safe for us to vote. He worked hard to get funding for a new Ox Ridge Elementary School passed in a Special Session. He has fought against poisonous chemicals in children’s toys and to clean up the Long Island Sound. On women’s issues few are stronger. He made it a priority of the Senate to pass legislation protecting victims of domestic violence and getting guns out of the hands of the abusers. Bob is accessible and always just a phone call away. He is tireless and that kind of effort is deserving of another two years in Hartford. This year I am proud to support and urge my friends and family to vote for Senator Bob Duff.
Margaret Lopat



Tom October 17, 2020 at 9:19 am

Dump Duff! The guy’s not business-friendly and is not concerned about higher taxes and finding ways to help the people of Connecticut be more prosperous, free and dynamic. We need fresh ideas and not the same corrupt mind-set from Bob Duff. Vote R and be Free!

Bryan Meek October 17, 2020 at 10:16 am

When I think of how much Bob Duff has shafted Norwalk where we get less than 10% of the money we send to Hartford, I remind myself it could be worse. We could get less than 1% like Darien does thanks to Bob and team.

John ONeill October 17, 2020 at 10:40 am

Bob Duff? Where should I start? Let’s start with the positive: He is terrific with storm updates on twitter. He has an ice cream social every year. He seems to have a strong stable of supporters. Supporters who would believe him if he told them the sky is purple. A great example of that is the Police fiasco from August, but maybe that news hasn’t made its way to Darien yet.
As far as issues: Bob tends to tell us half the story on what’s going on in Hartford. For instance Windpower is a great concept and was pushed by Dems. What he failed to tell his constituents is the COST of that wind power. Don’t be surprised to see your bills in Darien go up by 20% or more once those farms are operational. Everyone is for cleaner energy but give voters the WHOLE picture so we understand what’s going on..What about a budget that hasn’t been balanced in 20 years? What about hospital tax that was stolen from hospitals pre-pandemic ? What about the billions diverted from Transportation. Heck, the Dems couldn’tkeep their paws off of State Parks funding which we pay when registering our vehicles! If I seem like I’m going on and on it’s because there are so many examples of misleading actions by Duff and his acolytes. Dems talk about job creation. .They fail to tell us jobs created are $15/hour jobs while CT is losing an equal amount of $100k+ jobs..But don’t worry they’ll be enough PAC money to have next year’s ice cream social…

DrewT October 17, 2020 at 10:47 am

Just to be clear you’re going to support someone that made up a total fabricated story about the police?! He’s accessible?! R U kidding?! You’re a supporter that’s why now I get it. He only ignores his constituents that call him out and ask him tough questions. No wonder he blocks and de-friends life long people he grew up with. But while we’re at it just a quick Question where Is the money $5 Million from the Tyvek Tower? Where is the rest of the money for the new High School we didn’t need that will not even serve our community?!

Mike October 17, 2020 at 2:58 pm

I will be voting for Bob as he pushed to hold cops accountable like every other profession. People do not believe the spin from the police union. The police unions job is to get as much as they can for their members from the taxpayers and to protect their members good or BAD.
The police union is not the taxpayers friend.

Peter Torrano October 17, 2020 at 6:43 pm

Ms. Lopat

Tell us, is this the first year you’re voting for Duff? You gave reasons that makes it appear you’ve been spoon fed to explain that “this year I’m voting to re-elect Bob Duff to the State Senate.” When have you not voted for Duff? Was it the years he orchestrated vast tax increases for Connecticut ( that would seem to include Darien)? Are you voting for him because you think he can go toe to toe with Trump? You must realize that Trump and the rest of the Republican voting nation, those who selected our president, have no idea Duff even exists. But then I guess it’s a good thing to have enough faith to believe Duff can reverse all his legislative failings by winning again. As the saying goes: “what could possibly go wrong?”

Ron Morris October 17, 2020 at 8:26 pm

Peter you know as well as I do that Duff is not the reason for tax increases. You do realize that we are still digging out of the mess from the twice convicted felon Republican Rowlands administration.. Did you forget about the unfunded pensions created by his administration that are now hutting?
Also no one representative is to blame or get credit for anything or did you forget it has to get a majority vote and then the Governor has to sign it.

John ONeill October 17, 2020 at 11:50 pm

@Ron – Time flies as you get older..Rowland’s administration was 20+ years ago. I think we can both agree it’s time for Dems to stop blaming their failed policies on his administration…Be honest, am I right?

Ron Morris October 18, 2020 at 1:48 am

Maybe you failed to read this part of the post
“unfunded pensions created by his administration that are now hitting”
as you said 20 years later. That would be a normal retirement time frame. Glad that you agree.

Ct. V October 18, 2020 at 2:31 pm

When Jodi Rell left office in 2011 after 16 years of Republican rule, the CT pension fund was 48% funded. Hard to see how this is just as a result of “failed Democrat policies”.

M Murray October 19, 2020 at 8:09 am

Ron, let’s not call it unfunded pensions. Let’s call it a pension fund that the state decided not to pay their share to during the years the economy was booming while the unions continued to pay their part every year. Let’s call it a pension fund that the state decided that they no longer had to pay into while the unions did, until the stock market fell and the state realized that they mismanaged and should have been paying in their part all along. Don’t blame the unions, blame the administration from both parties for not paying their bills when they were due and letting the interest add up.

John ONeill October 19, 2020 at 3:50 pm

@Ct. V — go back to Rell’s timeframe. You’ll note she had a Veto Proof legislature and was powerless to do most anything. So of course she underfunded pensions. Picture her tied to a chair with a gun to her head..She was dealt a hand she couldn’t refuse. Please don’t throw revisionist history at us. Life is confusing enough. I think you just confirmed how badly Dems have run things over past 40 years..Thanks for the clarity.

Bryan Meek October 19, 2020 at 10:38 pm

@M Murray. What do you mean, blame the party from both administrations exactly? Do you blame the Rowland administration from 20 years ago that only funded the pension system to a 60% level, arguably lower than the 80% that is recommended….? Or do you blame the current administration that has it under 40% funded right now? THanks for clarifying.

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