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Meek wins second vote to replace Keegan on Norwalk Common Council

Republican Town Committee member Bryan Meek, April 19 in the Norwalk Inn.

NORWALK, Conn. — Bryan Meek has assumed the Common Council formerly held by Tom Keegan, after narrowly winning a Republican Town Committee election held Wednesday.

Conservation Commission member Matthew Merluzzi and Meek, a former Board of Education member, tied 6-6 in the first vote, according to Republican Town Committee Chairman Fred Wilms. Meek prevailed 7-5 in the second try. Meek was sworn in Thursday, Town Clerk Rick McQuaid said.

“I look forward to Matt’s continued work on Conservation and collaborating with him on Norwalk issues,” Meek said in a Thursday email. “We will miss Mr. Keegan and have big shoes to fill.  I want to thank the electors who took part in our process, but want to give the most thanks to a mentor and person I consider a friend, Tommy Keegan.”

“While I’m no doubt slightly disappointed to have not won, I’m also happy with having Bryan in that seat.   I also hope that it leads to future cooperation between the independents and Republicans in Norwalk,” Merluzzi said in an email.

Meek is close to Lisa Brinton, having served as  treasurer on her two Mayoral campaigns and her Political Action Committee (PAC) UDrive (Unaffiliated, Democrat, Republican and Independent Voters Engaged).  When she founded Independents for Norwalk last year, he donated $1,000.

On Thursday, Brinton offered Meek advice in an email she copied to NancyOnNorwalk, apparently unintentionally: “Fly below the radar, be really nice this summer. Hold your powder til this fall when folks are back from vacation,” she wrote.

“I believe there are things that Bryan wants to address with the Rilling Administration,” Brinton explained in a follow-up email to NoN.  “I just thought he should wait until the fall, when residents are back from vacation and paying attention.”

The vote was held at a Republican Town Committee meeting, open to the public. Twenty RTC members were eligible to vote.

Norwalk Republicans have taken a shellacking in recent elections. Democratic Mayor Harry Rilling has cruised to reelection four times and in 2015, Democrats took over control of the Common Council, with 11 seats on the 15-member board. There’s only been one Republican on the Council since November 2017 and none on the Board of Education since November 2019.

Keegan resigned June 29 to retire to Florida. He was in his second 2-year term in the unenviable role as sole Republican on the Council.

Meek’s tenure is likely to be quite a change from Keegan.

In April, speaking to District D Republicans in what turned out to be an invalid vote for the seat, Meek began his comments by promising to “put a fork in the Mayor’s eye,” should he be appointed to replace Keegan.

“I’d like to see somebody on our Council that fights for our interests, our goals,” even if it’s only one vote of 15, and that Republicans need to think about a slate for next year’s municipal election in hopes of getting Republican values back into the city,” he said. “Let’s pause and think about what we want to do. Do we want to go up there into the Council and talk to the Mayor or do you want to stick a fork in his eye? I want to stick a fork in his eye. OK?  Figuratively.”

On June 28, at Keegan’s last Council meeting, Rilling and all 11 Democratic Council members present lavished him with praise and affection.

Rilling called Keegan “a real team player who disagreed when he felt he needed to but he did it with class.” Council Majority Leader Barbara Smyth (D-At Large) said she admired Keegan’s integrity, honesty, and curiosity and called him “a model of collaboration and cooperation,” who brought respect to the job and was “a model of you know how to make this work.”

“You’re my favorite Republican,” Council member Dominique Johnson (D-At Large) said. “…You gave me hope that we can do this even in these times where everything gets so partisan.”

“There will never ever be a Republican that a whole bunch of Democrats loves more than Tom Keegan. Now, we love Rick McQuaid, but we don’t love him more than we love you,” said Council member Nicol Ayers (D-District A).

In April, Carl Dickens vied with Meek for the seat. Meek won a decided victory, only to have McQuaid say it didn’t count because Keegan hadn’t resigned.

Dickens opted not to try again, saying it was up to the same RTC members who chose Meek over him, 12-6, and he couldn’t see that anything has changed

Merluzzi had indicated interest in the seat in April but withdrew.

In prepared remarks to the RTC Wednesday, Merluzzi said he’d reluctantly put his name back into the ring. He’d originally thought Meek would be a fine choice as, “He’s a loud voice and I think that a loud voice is possibly a good risk reward for us at the moment.  However, I did run for councilman in 2021, and so was persuaded to give it a shot as a kind of gentler voice for the Republican party in Norwalk.”

He said, “To gain back power in Norwalk we need to engage the center of the political spectrum.   The message that we need to push has to be local in nature and it has to engage and win over the middle.   That means we need to win over moderate democrats if we want to gain back power in Norwalk.”

Wilms on Thursday cited Meek’s “extensive” experience in City government as Parking Authority chairman from 2008 to 2014 and his service on the Board of Education from 2015 to 2019.

“He will be ready on Day 1 to fully contribute on the Council,” Wilms wrote. “Furthermore he will bring his strong financial background to bear during budget season.”

Meek is matriculating toward a Master’s Degree in Tax Law/Taxation from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, according to his LinkedIn page. He is owner of Cranbury Tax Associates and is Senior Product Issues Manager for Oracle.

“Norwalk needs new and fresh perspectives, and Bryan will not hesitate to speak his mind,” Wilms said. “We thank Matt for having stepped forward as a candidate. He will continue his fine service on the Conservation Commission and look forward to his future endeavors.”

In April, Meek said he is not committed to running for the seat next year, but “what I am committed to is getting two Republicans elected to the Council out of District D like we always had.” If Republicans don’t get the two Council seats next year, “The city’s done.”

He didn’t reply to a Thursday email asking if he might run next year.

Meek lauded Keegan, writing, “Besides his efforts on the council, few will forget his leadership on the Cranbury PTO.  A retirement well deserved!  When the last brick is laid on the new Cranbury ES, no one should forget who kept the ball rolling to get it done.”

30 comments

Johnny cardamone July 8, 2022 at 8:06 am

Norwalk needs a lot of help we love the city we love the people But like the rest of the country we need new Direction and to remember our roots🙏🏼🇺🇸

Patrick Cooper July 8, 2022 at 9:20 am

Good news for Norwalk, how refreshing.

I’m sure the 14 members of the common council will miss Tom; he didn’t kick-up any fuss over the constant shenanigans in the Rilling administration. But make no mistake – with this selection, the city of Norwalk (and coincidently the forgotten majority of voters) might now have the single most competent representative on the council, bar none.

I commend Matt for lifting his head and voice, and openly committing to try and make Norwalk a little better. His vision for a successful opposition to the radical minority rule currently strangling this city is one the blood oath R’s simply can’t fathom, especially in this age of extreme polarization. Matt will do well to remain engaged, and watch Bryan – even as a lone wolf – keep the council – well – at least slightly better behaved, or maybe – even more “caucus” secretive. Harry might have to get off his boat for 10 minutes this summer – something I’m sure many at the SNBC would cheer.

Mack July 8, 2022 at 9:37 am

Good luck Mr. Meek. I wish you well in your newly elected council seat. I support bi-partisan politics, particularly in our local communities/municipalities. Kept the swamp in DC.

DrewT July 8, 2022 at 10:08 am

CONGRATULATIONS BRYAN!!!! And well deserved!!! We know you will do some great things on the CC just like when you were on the BOE!!!

Piberman July 8, 2022 at 11:09 am

Brian Meek is a good “numbers” man who will be a valuable addition to our rather laid back Common Council. Asking how we can do better to provide good governance to our City. Hopefully he’ll raise a public voice on how we can improve student outcomes in Norwalk, attract major new business rather than low pay low tax Big Box and restrain already onerous property taxes.

Mike Mushak July 8, 2022 at 4:46 pm

Congratulations to Bryan Meek, who says he wants to “bring Republican values back to the city.” God help us all.

Gee, what are “Republican values” these days?

Is it criminalizing women and their doctors for making their own private healthcare decisions?

Is it pushing a big racist lie about non-existent voter fraud to restrict voting rights to minorities?

Is it giving military-style assault rifles to anyone who wants one, including anyone who wants to blow the heads off children in schools or supermarkets or along parade routes?

Is it pushing lies about LGBTQ people being pedophiles who are grooming children just so they can create further hatred and fear for petty political gains, regardless of the serious damage that does to LGBTQ youth including higher suicide rates and depression?

Is it giving tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations who don’t need them, to bankrupt social programs to people who do need them to survive?

Is it fighting the idea of healthcare as a right to every citizen as every other civilized country has done?

Is it fighting infrastructure spending so that we can invest in our future to compete with other nations and increase opportunities for everyone?

Is it making our air and water dirtier so more people die from cancer and disease and ecosystems continue to decline?

Is it pretending climate change isn’t real as we suffer under more extreme weather every year, as the oil companies fund the disinformation campaign and use their dark money approved by Republicans to keep their global suicide pact going?

Is it banning books in a “cancel culture” that dwarfs anything on the left?

Is it forcing taxpayers to pay for religious schools that exclude anyone who doesn’t adhere to their particular superstitious beliefs?

Please, share with us what “Republican values” are these days. With evidence please.

Because the truth is, if we just look at Norwalk’s history for a micro view of the dystopian values of the GOP, it was Republicans who ran the city into the ground for decades with inadequate investments in our schools and infrastructure, something the Rilling administration has been fixing with record spending on education and paving streets and restoring jobs and attracting new businesses, and record increases in our grand list to keep tax rates stable.

Because the truth is, it’s the Democrats who are the fiscally responsible party who believe in preserving human rights and opportunity for all.

We all can’t wait to hear Bryan Meek’s responses!

But congratulations all the same! Grab the popcorn!

Tysen Canevari July 9, 2022 at 4:57 am

@ Mushak. Here we go again with your one side rhetoric. Lets quote you
“Because the truth is, if we just look at Norwalk’s history for a micro view of the dystopian values of the GOP, it was Republicans who ran the city into the ground for decades with inadequate investments in our schools and infrastructure, something the Rilling administration has been fixing with record spending on education and paving streets and restoring jobs and attracting new businesses, and record increases in our grand list to keep tax rates stable.”

It should read record spending on department heads from out of town and their salaries. Not an investment in the kids! Pay Hatch and Bailey 14 million for a property valued at 8 million. Build apartments everywhere we can in Norwalk without enhancing infrastructure such as police, fire, hospital,schools etc.. Bryan will be a breathe a fresh air to open discussions into topics in meetings instead of just rubber stamp everything your idol Harry wants. We are discussing local government here not trump vs Biden. You always have to go there because thats always your answer. I dont foresee Bryan handing out guns on Wall Street anytime soon. I love how you say Harry makes investments in our infrastructure. When will there be a firehouse or police substation in the Route 7 area? BTW Mike the Clean and Green corner you sponsor is a mess with weeds and high grass. You should get a crew out there to weed it soon!

Another Oops July 9, 2022 at 6:39 am

Congratulations to Nancy on Norwalk for publishing Mike Mushak’s despicable comments about a dedicated Norwalker who contributes selflessly toward the betterment the community and giving voice to the ugly,cruel and violent denigration of half of NON’s readership.

CT-Patriot July 9, 2022 at 8:13 am

Wow Mike, maybe stop watching the game news media churing out talking points that fit a narrative. That’s some Kool-Aid you’re lapping up.

I could debate you on any point you made, but as it seems, you’re already firm in your beliefs. And it’s not within the discussion.

However, you need to tone down many falsehoods. It’s not pertinent to Mr Meek joining the council.

Worry about what effects Norwalk as opposed to more national talking points.

It’s time to bring alternative ideas and values to the council and make it reflect what an American town/city should be versus Democratic rule in other town/cities that are in such terrible shape.

Your statement on Democrats being “fiscally responsible” is laughable and far from truth, but you’re entitled to your opinion, not to your facts which are misleading.

willy July 9, 2022 at 9:00 am

Holy strawman, Mike. The country has been run by Democrats for the past few years, hows that going?

Bryan Meek July 9, 2022 at 9:17 am

This is about results, accountability, transparency, and equality. Not about hyperbolic, politically bigoted, talking points about federal issues having nothing to do with Norwalk as a city.

It’s about maintaining and improving the city’s property in the most efficient means possible and making a city government that works for the people, not the other way around. And most of it doesn’t take a mountain of studies, rather they take common sense.

But it’s nice to see that our local political bigot is fanning the flames of division and hatred trying to score political points here. The name calling won’t detract from the mission, sorry to disappoint.

Tony P July 9, 2022 at 9:38 am

Always entertaining to read Mushak’s posts – and he couldn’t be any more wrong about the Rilling Administration. It is single handily destroying the city, with everything from DPW to WPCA to Planning on Zoning running on auto pilot with zero oversight and zero plan.

Also, just wondering – Nancy, you pointed out that Mr. Meek contributed to Lisa’s campaign – will you be pointing out campaign donations for Harry from his developer friends every time a development project comes up for approval?

Patrick Cooper July 9, 2022 at 11:26 am

Mushak is a D. Big time. One of Harry’s D’s. This is all you need to know as to why Norwalk needs another viewpoint.

I’m not certain, but – didn’t Mike get exiled out of the Dis-B DTC for being – too D? Could also be some sour grapes here – Bryan was elected to the BOE, and now – the CC. Can’t recall Mike ever being elected for anything.

One man – who might press pause on some local issues – and this guy comes out throwing every incendiary national topic against the wall – smear and fear. You would think, just one more non-D on the council, and Norwalk would become Nebraska’s 3rd congressional district.

Good luck Bryan.

John C. Miller, Jr. July 9, 2022 at 12:40 pm

It’s been quite some time since @Mike Mushak has published an intellectually dishonest, mindlessly partisan screed in the comments section of this newsletter.
Congratulations Mike, you’ve outdone yourself.

Mike Mushak July 9, 2022 at 3:08 pm

Interesting responses to my question, “What are Republican values these days?” Oops, crickets!

As usual for Republicans, we’ve got the personal attacks and nasty comebacks they see every night on Fox News, but absolutely no substance. Not a single commenter offered to refute any of my statements with facts, as they simply don’t have any.

It’s just all grievance all the time. Oh wait, we did get the comment from Meek “it’s about accountability, transparency, and equality.” Haha! You’re joking me!

Wow, coming from a Republican whose party just tried to steal an election through lies and forged phony electors and violent insurrection that killed cops, that’s ripe!

Seriously, over 70% of Republicans believe the big lie that Trump won the election and Biden is an illegitimate president. Over 70%! All based on the lies of a con artist game show host with orange hair and gold toilets and a long line of bankrupted businesses despite cheating on his taxes, who nearly succeeded in overthrowing our democracy, with the support of a majority of Republicans!

And after all that, we’re going to now be lectured about accountability and transparency by a Republican? That’s funny!

And that little thing about “equality” Meek threw in at the last minute only proves the intellectual dishonesty at play here. Republicans are in the process of dismantling over 150 years of civil rights progress, whether it has to do with women’s rights, minority rights, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, separation of church and state, and soon even the right to contraception.

So how does any Republican claim with a straight face that they are for “equality” when their party is now the party supported by white supremacists and racists, and the party fully supporting criminalizing women and doctors for making private healthcare decisions, among so many other things that contradict any concept of “equality?” They are anything but that!

Let me go grab another bag of popcorn as the Trump apologists pile on here with more inane comments and juvenile attacks!

Tysen Canevari July 9, 2022 at 6:22 pm

Mike Mike your storyline is so bad. Just remember the democrat who said,”I did not have sex with that woman!” This is 2022. we are talking about common council in Norwalk here. You are talking about Trump. You are really not that diverse Mr Mike. If you want to hear personal attacks we wont dare start in on your idol Mr Harry and the third lady! Stop drinking the punch Mikey Boy

CT-Patriot July 9, 2022 at 8:03 pm

You know, gotta love Mike ..

He sure is a dedicated leftist.

Let’s welcome Mr Meek to the council

Bryan Meek July 9, 2022 at 8:21 pm

QED.

Websters…..bigotry noun

big·​ot·​ry | \ ˈbi-gə-trē \
plural bigotries
Definition of bigotry
1 : obstinate or intolerant devotion to one’s own opinions and prejudices : the state of mind of a bigot
overcoming his own bigotry
2 : acts or beliefs characteristic of a bigot

Steve Mann July 11, 2022 at 11:40 am

Congrats Bryan. Tommy did a great job over the past few years, and I know you’ll carry on those traditions. Maybe someday people like Mike will understand that values are not ascribed to a political party but the individual.

John C. Miller, Jr. July 11, 2022 at 12:30 pm

@Bryan Meek: You can also add “ignorantia sit beatitudo”, which is Latin for “ignorance is bliss” to the Mushak resume.

Mack July 11, 2022 at 12:55 pm

WOW……….I just can’t stand how the “Im so right and correct” left wing liberals go off the deep end when someone doesn’t agree with them and voices a different opinion. Many right wing conservatives can act the exact way and they turn my stomach as well. I have gotten to dislike you extremists. Take a deep breath and remember that you do not represent the way most Americans think, nor how they will vote in November. Right or wrong, liberal or conservative, elections have consequences and usually are arrived from voter unhappiness with the state of things. And frankly on a national level, things don’t look so good for the democrats and their extreme left wing socialist agenda they’ve been trying to ram down everyone’s throat since Brandon and Kamala (remember her?) took office.

John O'Neill July 11, 2022 at 1:59 pm

I don’t know Mike Mushak, BUT based on what I see/read there are few people who love Norwalk more than he does. Some of his comments/actions are really good for our city….. However, I wish he would not paint Republicans with such a broad brush. I wish many out there would listen to what others have to say and think about it before the bashing begins. There’s a lot of common ground among us. It is my hope that we choose that path one day. I’ve read Bob Duff’s twitter account posts and it’s pathetic how one sided and myopic his points are. There are terrific ideas from both sides of the aisle. I hope one day we all understand that..

Independent July 11, 2022 at 2:59 pm

Unfortunately there is a well known history between the two main actors that have played out of the last several years on the Facebook Norwalk community pages. For those of you who are members of the group, please look back and make your own judgements about the participants views and character. I would point your attention to commentary that occurred on January 6th as particularly informative although there are plenty of others. Independents don’t really have a taste for this type of negative back-and-forth evidenced by many of the comments here. Especially concerning are the personal attacks that really limit anyone ability to work constructively for the community. If we can’t pull together and find common ground in the local level, there is not much hope of accomplishing anything of value for our community.

Mike Mushak July 12, 2022 at 12:30 am

Wow, I gave the local vocal Trump apologists on this site all the time and opportunity to refute my points in my first comment, and they had days to answer my question “What are Republican values these days?“ Is that so hard to answer? Apparently!

It’s telling that all we see in the responses are more personal attacks. That’s all Republicans have these days, which is an identity based solely on who and what they hate, not on what they are for.

It’s an existential crisis, as they continue to follow their cult leader and dictator wannabe over the cliff. Don’t forget, 70% of Republicans think the 2020 election was stolen, and that Trump should still be president. All based on an alternate reality with no facts to back it up, except over 60 judges around the country including Trump’s own appointees who could find NO FRAUD! But you won’t ever hear that on Fox News, which pushes right wing propaganda round the clock to sell ad time, and to hell with the damage they are doing to democracy with their “alternative facts.”

Makes you wonder if any of these R’s can ever be trusted in any position of responsibility. I don’t think so.
Certainly not here in Norwalk where we have all seen how Republicans ran the city into the ground with incompetence and fiscal irresponsibility for decades, something the Rilling administration is actively fixing with smart professional leadership, record investments in education and infrastructure, and attracting new businesses including more Fortune 500 cooperations than any other city in CT, and a record grand list to keep tax rates stable. That’s called smart leadership!

What did Republicans accomplish in all those decades when they were in charge in Norwalk? Oh, let’s see, they fought any affordable housing project that came along, did nothing as schools and streets crumbled into a big ugly mess, and added some big box stores including two, I said two, Walmarts! Impressive record? Well if you think Walmart and dodging potholes and sending your kids to crumbling obsolete schools is progress, than I guess you have that right.

There is an inherent Republican incompetence we saw on full display in the Trump administration, and see every day in every red statehouse, which could be understood since Republicans don’t believe in good government, so why should they bother even trying?

On a local level, that kind of inherent incompetence does not make for a healthy vibrant city with a sustainable economy, which is exactly what the Democrats have done over the last 9 years and will continue to do in Norwalk.

John O'Neill July 12, 2022 at 9:09 am

Mike:
You bring up education: I think many teachers who happen to be both Republicans and Democrats would question the direction of the Norwalk School System. If you’d like examples I’d be happy to oblige
Since we’re talking about Norwalk specifically, I would bet that your 70% figure might be true in Kentucky, but not necessarily Norwalk. In fact, I would bet as many Norwalk Dems think Ms. Clinton won the 2016 election. Or that the Steele Dossier was an honest piece of work.
While we’re talking local politics I really do think Harry has done a good job with downtown and policing. Kudos to him for a job well done there. He’s also misled West Norwalkers on zoning and should be condemned for that.
Speaking of policing — Wouldn’t you agree that Bob Duff tried to score points in the tumultuous summer of 2020 at the expense of the Norwalk PD? That wasn’t right and some might even consider that pathetic. I think Republicans would like Cops to be treated with the respect they deserve. Don’t you?
Republicans in Norwalk would like transparency from Hartford — We are not getting that. Is that too much to ask? Our electric bills will skyrocket this summer – Has anyone mentioned that to us? The Windfarms being built off our coast — Do you realize once operational our bills will go up by approx. 60% ? Yes, 60%. Hey, but who needs Air Conditioning? Wouldn’t it be nice if our Dem led officials in Hartford would tip us off about the real cost of that project?
Republicans would like to be told these Covid programs designed to be a stop gap measure in our schools for 2 years are actually not going to sunset. Once the Fed money runs out, who’s going to pay the bills?
Republicans would like our city leaders to let us know that residential homeowners will be crushed with the next revaluation. No one seems to be talking about that down at City Hall, publicly at least.
I stand by my prior comment. I believe you truly love the city of Norwalk. I just have a different view of what I see. Isn’t that what America is all about? It is in my America.
One last thing — I’m not a Trumpette. Although his economic policies were solid. A great example would be that construction you mention above much of which has been in Opportunity Zones created by prior administration tax policy. Not sure if our elected leaders on the left signed off on that. I’d have to check.

Steven July 12, 2022 at 11:53 am

@Mike Mushak

And what are “Democrat values?”

Is it burning down cities when you don’t get your way?

Is it doxxing and harassing people, including Supreme Court Justices?

Is it ANTIFA and saying ACAB (All Cops Are ********)?

Is it defunding the police, who protect our communities?

Is it forcing the incorrect, racist Critical Race Theory in our public schools?

Is it creating a victim mindset in people of color, telling them America was built on slavery and slavery never ended, as opposed to recognizing America has been a long journey, is a constant work in progress, towards respecting the inalienable rights of ALL individuals?

Is it burning American flags in the streets?

Is it shaming drone strikes under Trump but overlooking drone strikes under Obama?

Is it allowing unfettered, unprecendented levels of illegal immigration into our country, putting our communities at risk?

Is it taxing your wallet into oblivion?

Please Mr. Mushak, with all due respect, please educate me, on these “Democrat” or “Progressive” values that your claim to be so superior to “Republican” values.

Steven (CT Republican) July 12, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Since Mike Mushak wants a response so badly… here we go… I quote you and respond…

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Gee, what are “Republican values” these days?

Is it criminalizing women and their doctors for making their own private healthcare decisions?
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The Supreme Court did not do this. The Supreme Court gave the power to decide on this issue back to the states, a more direct form of democracy. You are free to live in whichever state you please that fits your definition of “private healthcare decisions.”

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Is it pushing a big racist lie about non-existent voter fraud to restrict voting rights to minorities?
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I don’t see the connection between racism and alleged voter fraud. The voter fraud “theory” came about because mail in voting was used in levels never seen before. Show me one piece of evidence that this recent election led to restricting voting rights of minorities? What IS concerning is dead people voting, which did occur, what IS concerning is illegal immigrants voting, which did occur, what IS concerning is not allowing Election Count Observers to do there jobs, which DID occur.

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Is it giving military-style assault rifles to anyone who wants one, including anyone who wants to blow the heads off children in schools or supermarkets or along parade routes?
“””””

“Military-style” is weasel wording here. No citizen is allowed firearms to the level of the military, that is just false. No citizen can use an AUTOMATIC rifle for example, please educate yourself more on this topic before jumping to conclusions. Also, you seem to be insinuating all mass shooters have a Republican leaning, this is incorrect.

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Is it pushing lies about LGBTQ people being pedophiles who are grooming children just so they can create further hatred and fear for petty political gains, regardless of the serious damage that does to LGBTQ youth including higher suicide rates and depression?
“””””
You are correct the LGBT community has higher rates of suicide and depression, but you are incorrect to assume it is the result of “bullying” from right-wingers. Grooming, pedophiles, they do exist, and it IS a fact that NAMBLA, for example, has tried to latch onto the LGBT movement to push nefarious goals. I urge the LGBT community to address this issue head on at every opportunity. It is foolish to assume LGBT people are pedophiles, obviously. It is equally foolish to assume pedophiles will not use the LGBT Movement to their advantage!

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Is it giving tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations who don’t need them, to bankrupt social programs to people who do need them to survive?
“””””
I am sure if you have conversations with Republicans or Libertarians they will agree with you here. No average Joe wants tax cuts for the wealthy corporations. I am a Libertarian, and I disagree somewhat with “trickle down” theory.

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Is it fighting the idea of healthcare as a right to every citizen as every other civilized country has done?
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Every other “civilized” (I bet you mean first world) country is able to afford healthcare to the level they do because they are not overspending on the military to police the globe, which the US does. You can have your cake and eat it too.

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Is it fighting infrastructure spending so that we can invest in our future to compete with other nations and increase opportunities for everyone?
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I do not see any evidence Republicans do this. In fact, Democrats have fought infrastructure spending in regard to securing the border.

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Is it making our air and water dirtier so more people die from cancer and disease and ecosystems continue to decline?
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Not sure where this is coming from.

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Is it pretending climate change isn’t real as we suffer under more extreme weather every year, as the oil companies fund the disinformation campaign and use their dark money approved by Republicans to keep their global suicide pact going?
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What???

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Is it banning books in a “cancel culture” that dwarfs anything on the left?
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The same could be said about the left. The number of people, content, and free speech that got cancelled because someone left wing got offended is immeasurable.

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Is it forcing taxpayers to pay for religious schools that exclude anyone who doesn’t adhere to their particular superstitious beliefs?
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Separation of Church and State. I do not see evidence this occurs, but if this does occur, it does not make sense in our form of government and should be squashed out.

…Happy?

CT-Patriot July 12, 2022 at 12:44 pm

Funny, seeing that Florida is doing it right.

Those darn Republicans really mess things up huh.

Wonder then why people are moving from “blue” liberal states to Florida?

When Republicans do conservative things, good things happen.

Democrats doing conservative things, good things happen.

When Republicans OR Democrats do liberal things, bad things happen.

Those are FACTS.

John C. Miller, Jr. July 12, 2022 at 1:58 pm

@John O’Neill: I admire your effort to be reasonable with Mushak but, unfortunately, he is Norwalk’s version of Keith Olbermann and, frankly, an embarrassment to the City.

Tysen Canevari July 12, 2022 at 6:13 pm

Mushak is a broken record. He is Harry’s boy. No matter what you say he tells you the sky is rainbow. Sad that they named a street after him ONE WAY!

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