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Republicans endorse youthful newcomer to challenge Duff

Daniel Miressi speaks to Republicans, Monday at the Norwalk Inn. (Harold F. Cobin)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. — Republicans have endorsed Daniel Miressi for the District 25 State Senate seat. The 32-year-old newcomer will challenge State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), who is seeking a tenth two-year term.

“Bob Duff and the agenda he supports has harmed the average family and young person like me, stripping them of their value, confidence and chance at autonomy. Our community has had the cards stacked against them. Government should only exist to empower the individual and help it citizen flourish. Nothing else,” Miressi said Monday to about 20 Republicans gathered at the Norwalk Inn.

Video by Harold F. Cobin at end of story

Miressi was born in Norwalk and raised in Monroe, he said. He graduated from Trumbull High School and went to Framingham State University, majoring in history and minoring in education. There, he distinguished himself in hockey and went on to play at the minor league level, last for the Danbury Titans in 2015-16. He’s worked at the U.S. Post Office for two years, he said.

Miressi said he went to an event for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski a few weeks ago intending to offer help to Stefanowski’s campaign, especially in messaging to people under 40. He learned Republicans were looking for a State Senate candidate to represent District 25, which includes all of Norwalk and part of Darien.

“Power politics has always been a passion of mine ever since I was a young kid and into college,” Miressi said. “…So I decided to stand up.”

Miressa first registered to vote in Norwalk on May 13, three days before the convention,  Republican Registrar Brian Smith said Tuesday.

“As of 3:45 pm, today, May 17th, Mr. Moressi has been a Norwalk voter for 4 days, 5 hours and 17 minutes,” Norwalk Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells wrote Tuesday afternoon.

Miressa told the group Monday evening that as a child going for car rides with his father, he was influenced by the “common sense” and “common values” talk delivered over the by Bob Grant, Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh.

“Now as I stand here, as a young adult trying to start my life, I barely recognize the area I used to call home,” he said. “I’ve watched a destructive force called the Democrat Party, and its policies supported by my opponent, Bob Duff, slowly tear away at the fabric of who we are as Norwalk residents and Darien residents. And all that’s left is this analogy of a faded memory that reminds us of what it used to be like to live here.”

He continued, “I cannot stand idly by and watch the people continue to be ignored and left to pick up the pieces of fabric that were torn apart by the Democrat policies. No politician should ever turn their back on constituents and prioritize themselves and take care of their friends. They shouldn’t talk down to people and say just wear a mask as they parade around violating their own edicts.”

“I vow to be the candidate to stand up for the people in this district, those who have a legitimate stake in our community,” Miressi said. “I will never apologize for successes or undermine the prosperity of my constituents. I only put forth ideas that serve to make our district of beacon in Connecticut. The way to do that is simple, common sense and common values, safe neighborhoods, clean streets, less taxes and regulation, smart investment into communities and small business. Schools that teach more science, math trades and life skills, not gender studies or CRT (Critical Race Theory).”

Miressi told NancyOnNorwalk that his top issue will be “what’s happening with the criticism of our police department.”

“Norwalk in my opinion has some of the best cops in the state. And it’s abhorrent that anyone would talk down to them when they’re doing the best job that they can,” he said.

Secondly, “I’m all for investment in cities and investment in communities. But I’m not for over-development. I’m not for pushing out small businesses, pushing out people who own private property,” Miressi said.

And third, “culture.”

“I really think that the Democrats think they own the culture, they own the messaging, they own everything. And I don’t think they do. I just think people don’t think there’s an alternative,” he said.

Duff has easily won reelection in every contest. How will Miressi approach campaigning?

“My campaign is going to ignore Bob Duff,” he said. People can vote for the status quo, “Or they can listen to me.”

He will be out and about, “talking to the people that Mr. Duff thinks that he owns in their automatic votes,” he said.

While Connecticut is thought of as a blue state, “I don’t think that most people are Democrats,” Miressi said. “I don’t think most people support their policies. I think most people identify the conservative as the boogey man, but all I want to do is show people that we believe in individual autonomy, we believe in policies that lift up our community, that don’t actually redistribute wealth, but invest in tangible things and tangible projects, you know, not just money for friends or money for big developers. That doesn’t help the community, you need smart investment, you need smart politics, just common sense and common values.”

Updated, 10:03 a.m., 4:18 p.m.: More information.

53 comments

David Muccigrosso May 17, 2022 at 7:54 am

Isn’t that what they did last time? And we all saw how well that worked out…

Maybe, just maybe, Norwalk Republicans should stop trying to knock off their bogeyman, and focus on creating electoral reforms like Ranked Choice that will give them half a shot at winning.

Scott Vetare May 17, 2022 at 8:06 am

I am proud to be a part of the Norwalk RTC. I was there last night. As I was listening to Daniel speak I was very impressed, being his first ever political speech he outlined numerous issues. This issue will bring Norwalk back to being what Norwalk needs to be! In excited to help Daniel in any way i can. We need to reclaim our city!
Thank you Daniel, let’s do this!

Frank Farricker May 17, 2022 at 9:59 am

I don’t know what Norwalk’s appetite for a MAGA candidate is in 2022, and I really hope we don’t have to have a dialogue about “Critical Race Theory”. I wish the fellow luck, a spirited campaign about what really matters is always good for any community, agree or disagree.

Lindsay May 17, 2022 at 11:44 am

I am confused what this man’s age has to do with anything.

“Youthful newcomer” and “The 32-year-old newcomer” sounds like ageism to me. Did you make mention of Duff’s age in his endorsement article?

What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Patrick Cooper May 17, 2022 at 12:20 pm

Who?

I wonder if this is just youthful exuberance, or if Mr. Daniel Miressi sees some long-term benefit to falling on the sword for the locally inept GOP.

These overbaked political platitudes may stir some disheartened local R’s, but in terms of displacing a sitting state senator – he needs allot more meat on these bones to get much needed “U” and “I” votes to show up.

Now from my vantage point, the only strategy employed by the local GOP has been “loyalty” – and not much else. How has that benefited a party that has ½ the registered voters relative to the D’s? The current ineffectual BOE is their crowning achievement – having the chance to make a difference in the last election, only to choose no-vote rather than vote for an independent candidate. Zero R’s ran. Handed the seats to Harry’s D’s. Gift-Wrapped, with a bow. Idiots, or complicit? Loyal to whom?

But if somehow Fred & company can stumble over a dictionary and learn the term strategy, then a very effective one would be to use this election as a referendum on Bob’s policies – not the fact he stands on stacked phone books behind the podium. If you are going to lose big – do it with a purpose.

You can expect typical politician non-answers with spin and hair-gel from Bob, but if you are clever and focused, your campaign could spotlight Bob and prod him to explain his positions. Examples –

What plans does he have to mitigate the impacts to SoNo neighborhoods from the use of Manresa as a staging area for the walk bridge?

Why does he support regionalization of schools for Norwalk only, without any support from virtually every single town that directly surrounds Norwalk? Why doesn’t Lucy deliver New Canaan? Why didn’t Stephanie deliver Westport?

And oh so obvious – why the flip-flop from “Fix-it-First” to build new schools everywhere?

How about the idea that density leads to jobs, Bob? Why are we making the state toxic to business while building Stalingrad housing? Developers & banks are the only winners – unless you count those getting paid to appease. Everyone else – losers. How can they talk about “affordable housing” when studio apartments run $2,000 a month? 2-Bedroom’s $3,000 plus. Median household income in Norwalk is 80k – is it good for the poor and middle class to spend 40-50% of their monthly income on rents – which only builds “equity” for the developer – or in many cases – to the REIT they sold the project to when the tax breaks were at their highest? Has anyone explained to the poor and middle-class folks that Bob so often champion’s – that this is the definition of gentrification? That they will not be able to live here much longer?

To many – you would be described as a millennial. So many of your fellow millennials have left the state for places where there are good jobs. Why not speak to that? The only reason the 10-year exodus from CT stopped is – the pandemic reverse engineered it. The Bronx and Westchester saw relief in CT – but for how long?

Look around for good ideas. A frequent NoN contributor (see above) is David Muccigrosso – seemingly a mid-west transplant who has presented a variety of up-zoning concepts that no one seems to listen to – but are worthy of debate. Why not reach out to him, and his like – to get a “boots on the ground” look at what is surely the largest issue in Norwalk – the transformation of this town into a city into East Stamford – without the jobs. On this topic – everyone would be interested. What is the GOP position? Bob has some really, really bad ideas about zoning.

Bob champion’s making voting easier and available to all, right? So how about asking Bob if he would be willing to reach across the aisle, ever, and work with the state GOP to really encourage voting participation by opening primaries to all? Largest registered voting block are registered “U” who don’t get to participate in choosing candidates? Why do you hate “U” folks, Bob? Hypocrisy? (Although that’s on both parties). Real reform? See ranked choice – above.

If Daniel believes he will win with slogans and Fox News driven culture war issues, he’s getting really bad advice – or he’s delusional. No, the only possible positive outcome would be for this young man – with fresh energy and a youthful perspective, to force Bob (best he can) to articulate his positions and policies – and then – offer the GOP’s version. If they will let him. Remember, the Wizard of OZ looked very different once the curtain was pulled back. You might not win Daniel, but you might lead the locals to take a harder look at what Bob is doing to our community.

Ron May 17, 2022 at 12:56 pm

Wow that was offensive you want to represent Norwalk yet you talk down to Norwalkers by saying how can I help get you out of Norwalk and into Darien. The question should be how do we get you out of Norwalk and into Darien and not to turn Darien into a Norwalk. My friend I am a Norwalk republican and you lost my support and vote on that comment. Norwalk has a lot more voters than Darien.

Kenneth Werner May 17, 2022 at 1:19 pm

Daniel, how does it feel to be used as political cannon fodder? I like Bob Duff, but I agree with Patrick that unless you advance real issues that affect the day-to-day lives of Norwalkers, and you propose specific solutions, your campaign will be just as meaningless as it appears to be.

David Muccigrosso May 17, 2022 at 1:52 pm

@Patrick – Thanks for the shoutout, but I’m probably too much of an apostate/heretic to both sides for them to listen.

It’s always upsetting that most the RTC can bring itself to say is make alarmist comparisons to Stamford and pander to suburbanites. For the record, I have no desire to destroy anyone’s single-family-zoned neighborhood. And I have no great love for those ugly high-rises, because they’re not sustainable.

I just want to live in a vibrant neighborhood where its best aspects aren’t being choked out by corrupt overregulation and land speculation.

It’s sad that the only choices we have are a corrupt machine that’s sucking money out of our town and leeching off their national party’s popularity to stay in power, and a comically incompetent party who don’t even bother hiding their blind hatred for density.

Norwalk needs multiparty reform. Even if these Republicans ever magically flipped our fair city, they’d just bungle it as bad as Harry and his buddies.

Piberman May 17, 2022 at 2:25 pm

In a City where its leaders firmly believe the non-sequitur that “renters bring growth” and where half the adults have 4 yr college degrees and therefor likely have some exposure to college level economics its a hard sell to suggest we can do better d with a more conventional prescription for our transient renters City. Such as encouraging new business with good jobs rather than temporary renters.

Similarly our State Legislature sees no connection between CT’s acknowledged high regional State and property taxes and our decade long stagnant economy embarrassment. In CT voters get exactly the governance they deserve. Change will be difficult. Might need another decade of economic stagnation. Maybe two.

Piberman May 17, 2022 at 2:27 pm

To Lindsay:

Obviously its the candidate’s “age” rather than his platform that’s the important news here. We don’t often hear about platforms in CT politics. Nor in Norwalk’s either.

James Smith May 17, 2022 at 3:35 pm

Did anybody do their research on this guy? If you look him up, police reports come up, a Twitter account that was suspended, Southbury residency. What qualifications does he have to be endorsed?

John O'Neill May 17, 2022 at 3:38 pm

I’d recommend Daniel to have a fundraiser outside of Police Headquarters on July 24th to commemorate Bob Duff’s Spitting incident. This may sound redundant to his acolytes but trying to bury an entire police department during the summer of 2020 is just unconscionable to me. Call me old fashioned, but that’s just abhorrent.

Mike May 17, 2022 at 4:37 pm

If Mr. Miressi is peddling MAGA tropes like CRT, we should wonder where he stands on the Great Replacement Theory and other wacky QAnon conspiracies embraced by much of the GOP.

David Muccigrosso May 17, 2022 at 5:39 pm

@Piberman: It’s embarrassing for someone who rants about “freshman economics” to also support NIMBY so blindly. If you don’t build supply, while demand goes up, prices go up.

No one said we needed the high rises, but if it weren’t for the absurd zoning restrictions already in place, and your insane opposition to ANY densification, we would never have gotten to this point where even the high rises barely make a dent in the supply shortage.

I hope you at least got a good return on your home value over the last few decades. Cuz I sure as hell will never be able to afford a house like you surely have!

Piberman May 17, 2022 at 7:53 pm

To David:

The increase in local real estate values over the decades has everything to do with our physical location to both Stamford and NYCity where the well paying jobs are available.
Prices in the 5 surrounding towns have risen much faster owing to their superb pubic school systems, attractive/inviting Downtowns and lack of rental apartments. Had Norwalk leaders made our Downtown more attractive and inviting to business with good jobs we’d have seen even much larger real estate prices locally. Ditto with much better public schools. Norwalk has long been viewed as the “hole in the middle of the donut” by nearby residents.

We moved here because we liked the people we met and have family connections. Purchasing homes in the surrounding towns 40 years ago would have been far more remunerative. The major negative in 40 years has been the sharp decline in our public schools. Decades ago our son received a good education here winning a college scholarship. Sadly our BOE isn’t working hard enough to meet CT Edu standards.

And I do know a few things about economics having a Ph.D. In the subject, worked at senior levels in some of the world’s most prominent firms, Wall Street too, testified before the US congress and various courts/gov’t bodies as an expert witness and taught for several decades upon retirement. It is fair to say there is no evidence in the professional economics literature of cities “demonstrating that renters bring growth”. Attracting business with good jobs brings growth. As does a skilled labor force. Most of our kids fail to meet CT Edu Dept graduation standards. That’s just awful.

At day’s end Norwalk is CT’s most “real city” with an ethnically diverse population. But with a long standing 10% poverty level there’s no way out to help our lower incomes save attracting business with good jobs and having a first rate public school system that properly educates our kids. We’ve failed on both counts for decades. End result is our kids don’t live here as adults and we’re not giving a good start to those seeking the American Dream. Nothing helps secure success as much as getting a first rate public school education. Worked for me growing up in Brooklyn during the War. Worked for most everyone I know.

Sarah May 17, 2022 at 11:55 pm

One of his recent facebook profile pictures is of Donald Trump, dressed as Aquaman (I think?) assertively wielding a trident. Just in case anyone wanted to know that.

Bob Schumann May 18, 2022 at 12:38 am

Daniel J Miressi
29A Heritage Vlg
Southbury, CT 06488
(203) 816-7676
Verified on April 21, 2022

According to our latest records, Daniel J Miressi is 32 years old and born sometime around 1990. Daniel’s phone numbers include (203) 816-7676, (203) 445-3607, (203) 218-2988.

https://www.smartbackgroundchecks.com/people/daniel-miressi/southbury/ct/El0mZwLmZwLjZmV1BQxlZwHmAwt5

Daniel J Miressi, Age 32

Current Address:
29A Heritage Vlg, Southbury, CT 06488-1628

Phone Number:

(203) 816-7676 – Wireless

Prior Addresses:

220B Heritage Vlg; Southbury, CT 06488-5404
220 Heritage Vlg; Southbury, CT 06488-1457
203 Jockey Hollow Rd; Monroe, CT 06468-1234
29A Heritage Cir; Southbury, CT 06488-1426

https://www.usa-people-search.com/daniel-j-miressi/U5gjNzUjMykDO1IzMwYjMzYjMz0yR

‘Nuff said.

Brian May 18, 2022 at 5:18 am

“…a poor player/That struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury/signifying nothing.” Wm. Shakespeare

This ought to be fun to watch.

David Muccigrosso May 18, 2022 at 8:47 am

@Nancy: Why are you letting people dox candidates?

@Piberman: Your fixation on “ReNtErS dOn’T bRiNg GrOwTh” is illuminating. Read my posts. No. One. Said. Anything. About. Renters. Bringing. Growth.

No one.

I’ve spent the entire time advocating for reasonable growth policies. Not “bring in loads of renters”. Just reasonable growth.

For the folks in the cheap seats, what Mr. Berman is doing here is called “strawmanning”. He’s arguing against something he thinks is an easy win, instead of what his interlocutor is actually saying. Don’t take it from me, read the discussion and judge it for yourselves.

The funny thing is, he’s actually not wrong on the dynamics he’s described! Yes, our proximity to NYC has a huge effect on our local market. Yes, education matters. Yes, we’ve done a terrible job making our two downtowns (Wall St. and SoNo) hospitable for businesses. Yes, a policy of only building high-rises for commuting renters is insanely unsustainable, and even before you get to all the corrupt tax incentives that deprive us of revenue, it’s not the right kind of growth.

But, as you’ll note from my comments, I wasn’t arguing about that. I was pointing out that in the long term, our corrupt machine politics are a result of not having more robust elections. And those politics have in turn led to bad policy decisions. What we needed for the last 40 years was broad growth: someone converts their house to a duplex here, over there a local realtor converts their adjacent quads to a set of row-houses, etc. What we needed was democratic accountability for a corrupt permitting and planning process. What we needed were policies that would penalize land speculators for snapping up prime spots in and around growing neighborhoods, and just letting them sit empty waiting on a big land deal, instead of bringing in tenants and businesses that would make Norwalk stronger.

Mr. Berman, for some reason, would rather carry on his quixotic crusade against renters. He’d rather insult the voters for not picking his preferred political party. He’s chosen to blame everything on his chosen enemies, instead of blaming the broken two-party system that makes us enemies.

I’ll let YOU decide who’s actually trying to solve Norwalk’s problems, and who’s just being a divisive complainer.

DrewT May 18, 2022 at 8:52 am

So like Scott I was at the INN myself and very proud of Daniel and listening to him speak with his passions and desire’s. It is sure better then hearing a weasel like Bob speak when there’s a camera around only. You ever notice the weasel never responds back to comments he doesn’t like or agree with to defend himself. But that what weasels do. As for Daniel he will gladly speak to you anytime and since someone was nice enough to print and Nancy allowed his address and cell number which is being changed. But never mind that whole invasion of privacy thing. We all know how that gets handled here. Further he has a ton of ideas and as the campaign goes on you will definitely hear them. So maybe get off your soap boxes with dumb posts like “He has a picture with Trump” OMG!! Trump, Trump, Trump. If that’s all you have then that’s pretty sad. OH wait was there election fraud?! YES And it’s being proven over and over again. But not like people in this City to tear down someone who maybe on the younger side that wants to try and make a difference in his community. But what’s even funnier is Will Haskel wasn’t treated this badly and couldn’t even survive 1 term in office. So maybe give him the benefit of the doubt and before you all start on the Democrats taking points make sure you up the script. He’s a great guy, he has a great career, wonderful girlfriend and will make a difference and challenge the stale, kickback status quo. Daniel we will support you 100%!! We look forward to a great campaign about the issues and doing what’s best for our City. Something Bob really doesn’t care about unless he can put his name on a new we don’t need High School, photo op and free Ice Cream. But let’s not forget June 24th the day Bob LIED about Spitgate and decided to sponsee a bill that is 100% ANTI POLICE! So much so he couldn’t even have NPD “Protect” him when he “needed” them. He has to bring down a State Trooper to just sit in his driveway for hours upon hours wasting gas and our tax dollars.

JT May 18, 2022 at 10:11 am

@ Bob… why post his parent’s address?

I guess you’re one of those people who also agrees with posting Supreme Court Justices’ home addresses.

Stay on topic.

James Cahn May 18, 2022 at 10:38 am

Daniel’s “passions for conservative foundation” were born as a result of listening to Bob Grant, Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage? Bless your heart, young Daniel. Bless your heart.

It seems clear to me that Daniel has confused “culture” with “politic.” This is a common, current, populist confusion among those who label themselves “conservatives” while demonstrating a clear lack of knowledge of what they mean by that label. It is also, ironically, exactly how culture ends up being destroyed; the inability of proponents of this confusion to see that this is true is as telling as it is distressing. However, Daniel can’t be blamed for being a poor student of the ideas he imagines he’s pursuing. He’s had poor teachers and seems to continue to in the form of his RTC mentors.

In his defense, though, I agree completely that he’s eminently as necessarily qualified as any other candidate running and for the same reasons.

Daniel Miressi May 18, 2022 at 1:59 pm

I appreciate all of the response and understand the trepidation. I would like to clarify the reason I decided to run. I was born in Norwalk. My family, uncle, cousins all still currently reside in Norwalk or were Bears at one time or another, evening bringing a state football championship to Brian Mcmohan as the head coach in 1994. This has remained constant throughout my childhood and young adult life. My mother, along with her 2 sisters and brother, all were born and raised in Darien. Graduated from Darien High. My grandfather and grandma were very active in the community here. One as the postmaster and volunteer fire chief of the town, the other a lifeguard at the beaches and a swim coach at t he YMCA.

I went to Trumbull High school, after growing up in Monroe. But my best friends were teammates in youth hockey from around here. Teammates in Norwalk, Darien. Countless sleepovers and street hockey all in this district I am trying to represent. After my short college and professional hockey career I came back home and had nothing but my parents couch, who were forced to downsize from the house I grew up in to heritage village Southbury. I felt lost and hopeless in my mid 20s; it led me to driving my car carelessly, finding out I have a misdemeanor charge, for missing a court date. I was spiraling, and in that moment I knew the only way out was to try and become a better man and better citizen.

It’s been a long road, and while working at the post office A year ago I met a wonderful girl and we decided to live in Norwalk. At the sono harbourside. We did that because I told her how wonderful this place is to raise a family. It’s the American dream. Darien and Norwalk have different cultures, different needs, and have been frustrated by leadership. All I want to do, and why I am running, is to preserve those traditions and values that people feel passionate about as a resident here, help the average citizen like me start a family, and unlock the potential of every individual that lives in our district. That’s what representatives should do. Not turn their back on the people. I’m standing up to be the voice for everyone who has felt they have been wronged by Bob Duffs lies, or leadership.

Thank you for the comments and the feedback. I value everyone’s ideas and criticism, good and bad, I look forward to answering any concern directly. I am an ordinary citizen who’s trying to do what’s right. This is the place I call home and the one I am willing to fight for.

Elle May 18, 2022 at 2:41 pm

I just want to clarify about Daniel’s tie as the “wonderful girl” he mentioned. When I met Daniel, he had recently chose to transition to the Foxboro Dr. location off Route 7 due to proximity to his job with USPS. I am from out of state but have always wanted to move to Fairfield County because I loved Darien, I loved Norwalk, and would often drive for Colony or Sallys/Pepes and make sure that I detoured through this area. I decided on HARBOURSIDE SONO, and was happy to have my feelings about the area confirmed by Daniel’s confirmation with his own family ties and memories of the area. Unfortunately, I am moving out of SONO, due to high rents and indiscriminate rules and regulations especially with pets, but chose to move closer to Foxboro Dr – Daniel and I spend much of our time together so he feels like he is home at Foxboro and here with me in the heart of the community. We love Donovans and are regulars and walk our dogs throughout the neighborhood so we SEE first hand what is becoming of this community. I can’t imagine living anywhere else, truly. I love it here. If not SONO, I still found a way to stay. This is my home. It’s his now too not just because of me but because of all of you too.

Daniel Miressi May 18, 2022 at 3:17 pm

I want to be sure I address all comments and wanted to make sure I touched on Brandon’s comment which immediately precedes mine: the pending larceny case was an unfortunate misunderstanding between myself and the store clerk. I had left my wallet in my car and was rushing to get back to work because I was working every day in the month of December for the Christmas season approaching. Not thinking in that moment, I also took the clothes with me, saying that I would return and when I did return to finally pay they said they called the police. I told them that I had the money but because of procedure and store policy, and in a moment where I was trying to get clothes and buy Christmas presents in the few moments I had during a break from work, they levied the charge. Understanding this, the prosecutor agreed to nolle which means declined to prosecute. This will be closed out shortly. In the midst of having relocated to Foxboro, I didn’t receive notice initially but when I did, handled it immediately. I cannot apologize for being human and making mistakes but I will apologize for allowing myself to be put in a situation where this occurred. What it taught me was the importance of clarity in thought when you’re so busy you don’t know which way is up — it’s a lesson I am taking into running this campaign. So, Brandon, if that is what will make you not vote for me without giving me the ability to have a conversation with you first, that is unfortunate. But I stepped forward knowing I had skeletons in my closet because there was a call to do something in the community we both care about.

Craig May 18, 2022 at 3:41 pm

Wow. Dan Miressi has so much respect for our police and judicial system, that he committed larceny and didn’t show up for his court date!

Jason May 18, 2022 at 4:53 pm

@Daniel. Since you want to respond to all comments, please explain why your Twitter account has been suspended.

Bob Schumann May 18, 2022 at 5:03 pm

I’m not doxxing. Anyone can find this guy’s address and phone numbers all over the internet like I did.

The point, I didn’t think I had to actually say, although with people like you,”JT,” I was wrong, is that he doesn’t now nor has he ever lived in Norwalk or the district or even area he’s running for state senate in!

Obviously, as the article showed, with a GPS and someone to drive him, he found his way to Norwalk the night before last

Daniel Miressi May 18, 2022 at 5:39 pm

@Jason With respect to why my twitter is suspended, I spoke out against mandates, and given twitters left leaning content policy my message was unwelcomed and suspended around the time Elons deal to purchase twitter went through (something I don’t think was coincidental either).

Madeline May 18, 2022 at 6:01 pm

Daniel. I think you need to focus on you for awhile. Certainly not a run for political office. I have been alive for 45+ years and never had so many misunderstandings and unlawful events.

Jimmy May 18, 2022 at 7:12 pm

Daniel,

Let’s get this straight. You needed clarity that you shouldn’t walk out of a store without paying for something?

David Muccigrosso May 18, 2022 at 7:26 pm

LOL wait, so Elon Musk, the guy who wants to unban Trump from Twitter, is behind a leftist campaign to keep mandate-skeptics — and I say that charitably, because “pro-virus, pro-death” is triggering to some people — off Twitter? Pretty sure Musk himself has said some skeptical things about mask mandates and such over the past two years. And half the staff hates him for not being leftist enough. But yeah, okay, totally, the self-described “free speech maximalist” is trying to silence you.

LOL. Sorry. This is just so absurd.

Where the heck did you Republicans dig this guy up? THIS is who you’re trusting to slay your Big Dragon Bob?

CT-Patriot May 18, 2022 at 9:47 pm

Gee, will you look at that ..a REAL person who is open, honest, has made a simple faux pas in life and not ashamed to disclose it. Something that anyone could do.

As for those who bring up that “replacement” theory…that is a Democrat/liberal talking point and cannot be debunked, that’s just facts.

To those on the 2020 election…My answer to you is see 2000 mules. You cannot debate hard facts and truth to this documentary. Open your mind and you cannot dispute the facts given

Beyond that, it sure is nice to see younger people who really want a try at making Norwalk better I say let’s give him a chance.

He sure as hell cannot make it worse than Duff.

Look, Eloisa Menendez was voted in as a councilwoman at 19 and look where it has lead her.

Time for Norwalk voters once again to vote for the younger candidate.

Good luck Daniel…you have my vote and my trust you’ll make Norwalk exceptional….once again..

al May 18, 2022 at 10:23 pm

Dan,
Thanks for engaging with the commenters. Seriously. It’s appreciated to exchange directly from the candidates.

Do you believe there was a coordinated election fraud in 2020? Do you believe Joe Biden was lawfully elected as President?

Legend May 18, 2022 at 10:57 pm

Does the RTC vet their “candidates”? If so, does it involve anything more than a coin flip….

Heads- candidate
Tails- not a candidate

Will May 19, 2022 at 7:39 am

You grew up in Monroe, you went to Trumbull High, you went on to Framingham State in Mass, and at what point in your life can you relate to the people of Norwalk? You have recently moved here, you did not grow up here.

You said in your interview that you have worked with people from all different backgrounds, have you lived in a community with all different backgrounds?

I will save you the time of responding to this and answer for you. The answer is “I have not lived in diverse communities so this is different for me.”

Shari Brennan May 19, 2022 at 8:09 am

In simple terms:
I don’t care what political affiliation this man has. I don’t care about his age. But he is no Will Haskell, a brilliant, caring hard working man that was involved in his community.
I do see someone that has just registered to vote. When did he actually change his residence on license etc?
This man has no experience in any manner. Has he ever attended a town meeting or listened in on Zoom? Walking dogs in neighbor doesn’t make you aware and involved.
His speech is just that. A speech. Many of us could have written and said the same things even better and with more weight.
Lastly. What the heck! White privilege once again. Taking items from a store and saying he will pay later, with the excuse that he was working so hard that he forgot his wallet. To say this to a shop worker who is standing there and working hard is highly insulting. Why not ask instead if the items could be put aside, while he ran home to get his wallet. Even people buying groceries don’t walk out of a store stating they will pay later. Very disrespectful and privileged.
Do not give a fig about what he thinks of Elon Musk.
More concerned with zip experience.
We need someone that has strong roots and is willing to roll up sleeves and do some ground work, before representing Norwalk.

Legend May 19, 2022 at 8:45 am

This bright young man thought it was ok to leave a store without paying for up to $500 of items? Then he thought it was wise to fail to appear for a court appearance regarding the related Larceny charge? Best of all, he registered to vote in Norwalk 3 days before announcing to the Norwalk Republicans that he is the guy who should face Duff? I understand the Norwalk Republicans are desperate to field candidates, but this guy should focus on his criminal issues and not on starting a political career…TRUTH

Gary S May 19, 2022 at 11:30 am

I typically vote Republican and I was very hopeful that there would be a quality candidate to run against Duff. There are so many issues that need to be addressed. I can not believe that the republicans gave this guy the nod. What an embarrassment. His unprofessionalism and lack of knowledge regarding the issues is so apparent. Even before diving into the alarming Google searches. What a joke

Becky May 19, 2022 at 1:28 pm

Will someone please save the Norwalk republicans. I’m tired of the democrats winning. Our city needs a change. Run an effective candidate for once with values and morals please. Duff needs to go but you people can not get out of your own way.

Concerned Norwalk Resident May 19, 2022 at 2:35 pm

FYI – some of Mr. Miressi’s old tweets can be viewed here: https://web.archive.org/web/20200713055626/https://twitter.com/Dmess16
Note the bio containing “#MAGA, #LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder, and #Trump2020” as well as multiple tweets from Mr. Miressi himself suggesting that there was voter fraud in the most recent Presidential Election.

Know who you’re voting for, folks. This candidate is nothing more than a troubled soul trying to bring his Qanon conspiracies back to life in our community.

Peter May 19, 2022 at 2:38 pm

I’ve been a democrat my entire life. After hearing Daniel’s speech I’m ready to vote Republican for the first time. He is the change this town needs

I see a lot of fuss over his past. We were all young at one point. We did some dumb things. I am not the same person I was back then, are you? Like Miley Cyrus said “everybody makes mistakes”

Best of luck Daniel. I hope people can admit their mistake of not voting for you when you turn this town around!

Jim Tru May 19, 2022 at 3:20 pm

Congratulations to Bob Duff on a 10th Term!!

After reading the feedback, this guy has no chance.
Even Republicans aren’t going to vote for him.

The fact that the Republican party nominated this guy speaks volumes of how bad their party is actually doing right now.

Does the party have anyone with political experience to step up an challenge Duff?

Ty May 19, 2022 at 3:30 pm

Daniel might not remember me but I played him in hockey. He has grit! I could tell he was a leader that everyone respected. He was determined to win. He made every player around him better.

Rumor has it he brought his team together by making them Mickey Mouse pancakes after every practice. To me, this shows how he cares about the people around him

I believe these traits in Daniel will make him the leader we desperately need! Can’t promise he’ll make us all Mickey Mouse pancakes.. but if he does make mine blueberries LOL

Don K May 19, 2022 at 5:04 pm

I don’t know if Daniel remembers me but I played against him in hockey back in the day. He had true grit! He was a leader and knew how to motivate his team. He made every player better.

His team lacked chemistry the first time we played them early in the season. To overcome this there were rumors he held team meetings after practice. He would invite the team over and make them Mickey Mouse pancakes. Let me tell you, it worked. They gave us our biggest loss of the season next time we played.

It may have been a long time ago but I think it speaks to his character. This is the leadership Norwalk needs. If he wins I can’t promise he’ll make everyone Mickey Mouse pancakes.. but if he does make mine blueberry lol !

Lady Driver May 19, 2022 at 9:51 pm

Though I do sincerely commend you for running against the juggernaut that is Duff, I really don’t think you stand a chance, Daniel. Buckle up! This town chews ’em up and spits ’em out. Spend a little time on this site — doom-scrolling for the last several years’ coverage of elections — and you’ll soon see that it’s an impossibility to oust Mr. Duff.

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