To the editor:
We as former RTC Town Chairmen, Jeffrey Konspore and Art Scialabba, fully support the Republican nominated and endorsed candidate for the Registrar of Voters Office, John Federici, and encourage all Republicans to vote for him in the Aug. 12th primary.
Republican Town Committee members took a bold and necessary step in nominating John Federici over the incumbent Republican registrar for many valid reasons. Unfortunately our current registrar has decided that the will of the Republican Town Committee, the elected body that nominates our candidates, should not be taken seriously, and has decided to primary. This is, in fact, her right, but an unfortunate choice.
The leadership of the party, including all five district chairs and vice chairs, the RTC chairman and vice chairman and the vast majority of the Executive Committee, acted for what is deemed to be a necessary move brought about by years of issues that each of us, as past chairs, and the current chair have experienced with our Republican registrar.
Some people have heard, incorrectly, that this is just a “personal” issue, or that some in leadership “just don’t like” our current RoV. The move away from the incumbent is strictly based on common sense and a need to have someone more dedicated to working in the registrar’s office, cleaning up what we have experienced as poor voter information and records, and having someone responsive to the voters, especially to those who put her in office, we Republicans.
All we had wanted, over the almost 14 years that the current registrar has been in office is a friendly work environment, a responsive registrar, and a dedication to the job that is not interrupted by what seems to be many unnecessary outside activities that have gone on in her office, such as babysitting, real estate activities, tag sales, and an inordinate amount of time working on other issues, all of which caused her to be counseled by both of us, and by the past Republican mayors, both Moccia and Esposito.
Having been fined $1,500 that the taxpayers absorbed for failing to follow state law, and arbitrarily removing approximately 3,000 voters from the rolls, and then being forced by the state to return those voters, are just two of the many issues we as chairs had to deal with in the past. In addition, the very famous personal dispute between our registrar and the past Democratic registrar was daily fodder for the press for some time, and caused us to bring in, at a cost to the taxpayers, a mediator to resolve the issues.
Every possible chance for job and interpersonal improvement has been given to our registrar, but the chances have been wasted. Hours and hour of meetings, phone calls and pleas for civility have fallen on deaf ears. We have both lost count of the number of phone calls we fielded from Mayor Moccia about issues that our current registrar was raising that had nothing to do with her job description, and were clearly not in her purview. She had been asked many times to please just stick to her job, and leave the non-registrar issues to others, but to no avail.
All the RTC is asking for, and has been asking for, is a person who will be in the office, do what is necessary to gather the correct voter information, work closely and civilly with co-workers, and provide accurate data that is so necessary to running a campaign.
We, the majority of the Republican Executive Committee and the Republican Town Committee believe we have that person in John Federici. We encourage every registered Republican voter to come out on Aug. 12 and vote in John Federici to the Registrar of Voters Office. He will serve the public of all parties well.
Arthur Scialabba & Jeffrey Konspore
Former Norwalk Republican Town Chairs