NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Republicans on Monday endorsed a “hard-working” fashion designer with strong feelings of patriotism for his adopted country to represent the 140th Legislative District, a Democratic stronghold.
Republican District B Chairman Harold Bonnet, an immigrant from Haiti, will run against either incumbent state Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) or former Common Council member and Latino community leader Warren Peña, who are competing in a primary. Bonnet cited “nationalism, capitalism and our flag” as his reasons to take on the challenge, before slamming Democrats in general.
“Being Republican means the interest of America,” Bonnet said. “Our state and our people comes first. From the top of the Democrat Party they act like pirates, and from the bottom, not a word from their mouths can be trusted. Honestly, our goal as Republicans, the point to respect our word is our integrity.”
Republican Town Committee Chairman Pete Torrano called Bonnet “one of the hardest working people in our party, without question.”
“If I could harness Harold’s energy and spread it out among the other people in the party, we’d have a wonderful party because this is one hardworking son of a gun, I’ve got to tell you,” Torrano said.
Bonnet replaces former 140th candidate Roger Gisanga, who cited personal reasons when he dropped out about two week after being nominated.
“I know what the personal reasons are. They are very good reasons to step down. Nothing negative but all positive for him,” Torrano said of Gisanga.
Bonnet said he came here from Haiti seven years ago to join his wife, an American citizen from Haiti. His children were here before he was, he said. He worked in a bank in Haiti and had his own business for a time. He is a fashion designer, he said.
“I am seeking the position of 140th representative in the spirit of revival: to evaluate the great value of our society, the law for ourselves as U.S. citizens, which has been devaluated by Democrats for political power,” Bonnet said. “I have talked to people and they have said that our system, the capitalist economy, is in crisis, Why? The problem is incompetence and I can say, yes, flattery. The capitalist economic system was made to fly over any swift conspiration intern and any kind of colonialization extern such as autocracy of national culture, globalization.”
Bonnet said that if he is elected he will “protect our dependence of enterprise. Our seaport, international commerce … I will encourage every state representative to seek and search a solution for two big menaces, our education system devaluated and the autocracy of our national culture.”
Torrano said that when Bonnet was running for Second Taxing District treasurer last year, he literally knocked on every door in the district.
“I have never seen anybody as active as Harold,” Torrano said. “We have 100 members of the Republican Party. If I had 10 like Harold we’d just be golden. He is out there for everything, shows up for everything, he works his tail off.”
“He certainly has done a lot of hard work,” said Diana Palladino, RTC secretary.
Bonnet said that when he is out knocking on doors he hears a lot about jobs and education.
“A lot of kids can’t find internships. A lot of jobs require experience,” he said.
Single parents have it tough as they work and have to find a way to pay for their children to go away to school, he said. People who come here in August or September cannot find a school for their children to go to, he said, citing the Norwalk Public Schools District 99 problem of no home school in South Norwalk.
Plus, “Our money, they do not use our tax for Norwalk,” he said, referring to city money going to Hartford and not coming back.
“Always problem,” he said. “In South Norwalk we have big problems.”