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Unhappy surprise for District E ‘insurgents’ – ‘insider’ Dems seek primary

A Tweet from Norwalk Democratic Town Committee member Tina Duryea.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democrats are working toward forcing a primary to determine who will represent District E on the Democratic Town Committee.

Tina Duryea, one of eight DTC candidates who had DTC support but lost last week’s caucus, commented on Twitter that she is collecting signatures. Another person involved, speaking on condition of anonymity, said “all” of the DTC-supported candidates who didn’t win are collecting signatures. A primary would be held March 1.

A Tweet from Norwalk Democratic Town Committee member Tina Duryea.

Norwalk Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman Eloisa Melendez has not responded to multiple emails asking about a primary. Norwalk Deputy Democratic Registrar Ron Banks indicated Wednesday that folks are indeed seeking signatures by saying that the deadline for petitions is 4 p.m. Jan. 26.

The Democratic Town Committee had developed a slate of candidates for the 11 seats in District E. An alternative slate appeared the weekend before the Jan. 10 caucus, surprising DTC members. Three members of the DTC slate and eight members of the surprise slate won. The vote counts weren’t that far apart, even with the last-minute scramble for the DTC slate.

Victors were:

  • Jody Sattler 225 votes (Alternative slate)
  • Aimee Ableman 215 votes (Alternative slate)
  • Alyson Smith 210 votes (Alternative slate)
  • Sarah Wayland 210 votes (Alternative slate)
  • Annie Allen 209 votes (Alternative slate)
  • Sara Ingrassia 207 votes (Alternative slate)
  • Camille Legnani 206 votes (Alternative slate)
  • Todd DeKlyn 205 votes (Alternative slate)
  • Ed Camacho 204 votes (DTC slate)
  • Benita Raleigh 204 votes (DTC slate)
  • Stuart Wells 203 votes (DTC slate)

 

Falling short were:

  • Michele Andrea 201 votes (Alternative slate)
  • Peter Stuart 201 votes (Alternative slate)
  • Mary Ellen Flaherty-Ludwig 200 votes (DTC slate)
  • Charles Bryan Cavines 198 votes (Alternative slate)
  • Colin Anthony Hostin 196 votes (DTC slate)
  • Kevin M. Tepas 196 votes (DTC slate)
  • Debra Harring D’Arinzo 196 votes (DTC slate)
  • Tina L. Duryea 195 votes (DTC slate)
  • Priscilla Feral 194 votes (DTC slate)
  • Lucia C. Rilling 192 votes (DTC slate)
  • Esther Murillo 188 votes (DTC slate)

 

No DTC members spoke on the record about the primary. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one said the failing candidates need about 238 signatures and have collected almost that amount.

Ableman released a joint statement, which she said all winning members of the alternative slate had agreed to:

“We believe that the results from the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee (NDTC) District E Caucus held on January 10th should be the final result.  While a primary challenge is within the rights of those candidates who did not win one of the 11 seats in District E, it is uncommon, and we believe they should accept the results of the original vote.  This year, there was an unprecedented turnout of Norwalk voters in District E. Not only would a primary disregard the voters’ choice of Committee representatives for District E, it would also be a waste of Norwalk taxpayer time and money to run a revote. To hold a primary vote on March 1st, the three elementary schools in District E (Fox Run, Brookside and Rowayton) will have to open a portion of the schools to the public during a pandemic. This is disruptive and is contrary to the current school safety protocols.

“We are all Democrats and have a proven record of hard work for the city of Norwalk.

The new candidates that won include a doctor, a TV producer, an intern who worked for Jim Himes, PTA presidents, School Governance Council Members and Co-Chairs, Norwalk School Substitute Teacher and Girl Scout Troop Leader, a teacher and a Fire Chief – we have proven our dedication to improve the livelihood of Norwalkers.

“We followed all of the rules to participate in the District E caucus, are honored to have been selected, and are looking forward to working with Ed Camacho, Benita Raleigh, and Stuart Wells.”

 

Are they Dems?

Norwalk Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells provided party affiliation info last week:

Alternative slate members who won the caucus

  • Aimee Ableman: Registered in 2014, always a Dem
  • Anne Allen: Registered in 2016, originally Unaffiliated, changed to Dem on Dec. 2, 2021
  • Todd DeKlyn: Registered 2013, always a Dem
  • Sara Ingrassia: Registered 2007, always a Dem
  • Camille Legnani: Registered April, 2021, effective on 18th birthday October 2021, always a Dem
  • Jody Sattler: Registered 2002, as Unaffiliated and became a Dem June 2019
  • Alyson Smith: Registered 2012, always a Dem
  • Sarah Wayland: Registered 2009 as Unaffiliated and changed to Dem on Dec. 3, 2021

Alternative slate members who lost the caucus

  • Michelle Andrea: Registered in 2016, originally a Republican; became Unaffiliated Dec., 2020; became a Dem on Dec. 13, 2021
  • Peter Stuart: Registered 2000 as Unaffiliated, switched to Republican 2018, back to Unaffiliated in June 2020, and became a Dem Jan. 5, 2022
  • Charles Caviness: Registered in 2012; changed from Unaffiliated to Dem, Dec. 8, 2021

 

Regarding the alternative slate, Wells explained, “Six are recent additions to the party (four of them only became Dems in early December 2021, and one did so in Jan 2022, and Jody Sattler switched in 2019.) The four others were long-time Dems, and, of course Camille Legnani just became 18 this last year, so she is too new to fit in either category.”

 

‘Not fair’

In recent years, the DTC has worked to iron out differences and avoid primaries; the slate presented to the caucus represented that effort.

The DTC candidates now working toward forcing a primary feel it “isn’t fair” to tilt the District E membership toward Rowayton, a source said. The slate developed by the DTC represented folks from across the district, which includes West Norwalk, Brookside, Village Creek and Harbor View. Nearly all members of the alternative slate live in Rowayton. The exception is Deklyn, who lives in Brookside, tough he’s Rowayton Fire Department Chief.

Camacho lives in Village Creek and West Norwalk would be represented by Raleigh and Wells, if the caucus results weren’t challenged.

The results as is would mean just four of 11 District E representatives would live outside of Rowayton, though election results from last fall show that, at best, 32.7% of the votes cast in the district came from Rowayton.

The alternative slate members appear to be fans of late Board of Education member Mike Barbis. District E was represented on the Board of Education by a Rowayton member for 26 years, before DTC members appointed Flaherty-Ludwig, a Brookside resident, to fill the seat held by Barbis.

This inspired the alternative slate, said to be organized by Sattler, who ran for the BoE last fall on the Independents for Norwalk-line although she reportedly approached the DTC first. According to Galen Wells, DTC members “had a nice conversation” with Sattler in 2020 but then “we never heard another peep” until she appeared on Lisa Brinton’s Independents for Norwalk line last year.

Although the Sattler supporters speak only of the BoE seat open in 2023, the DTC will endorse General Assembly candidates, a Congressman, a United States Senator and gubernatorial candidates between now and then.

 

‘Ridiculous’

Allen, one of the winning alternative slate members, left a comment on NancyOnNorwalk last week, saying:

“The 7 other NEW members of the DTC District E are some of the best people I know. Accomplished, smart, reasonable, hard-working, committed to the community, committed to moving forward with kindness, integrity, and respect, and who all did this for the right reasons – to make Norwalk the best place it can be to live and raise our children.

“None of us have any desire to take over or ‘overthrow’ the DTC – those are absurd and inaccurate accusations. Even if we wanted to, we are only 8 members of a 55 person body. Simply – we saw an opportunity to run for a seat at the table, we did exactly what the rules stated, and we won it fairly.

“The idea of a primary is a ridiculous reaction to this – it will cost taxpayer money and time and will be a complete waste of both. Why are the incumbents so afraid of working with us? Isn’t this what being Democrat is all about?

“I am deeply touched by the support we received and energized and ready to get to work alongside all 10 of the others who won the caucus – and I am committed to representing ALL of District E, despite what has been written about me.”

 

‘They weren’t paying attention’

NancyOnNorwalk received an anonymous email pushing back on the perception that Brinton was involved in creating the alternative slate, although Brinton denied this in a previous NoN story, and directing NoN to a Dec. 1 post on the Facebook page, Norwalk Parents for Education.

“It might have seemed like a surprise to the ‘establishment’ District E DTC members but that goes to show that they weren’t really paying attention,” the writer said.

The Facebook post complained about the District E Committee meeting where Flaherty-Ludwig was recommended for the Barbis seat over Sattler. Sattler supporters, new to the process, attended the meeting and said that their voices weren’t heard. Barbis would have wanted Sattler, they said.

This gets confusing, but the DTC has district subcommittees. Anyone can attend their district’s Committee meeting and after attending three times, can vote. The DTC itself is separate from the subcommittee.

A Tweet from Norwalk Democratic Town Committee member Tina Duryea.

When Camacho was chairman, the DTC was expanded to include 11 members from each district, up from seven, in an effort to get more people involved. The 11 DTC members from District E, separate from the subcommittee, vote on DTC matters, including endorsing candidates and appointing replacement volunteers for open BoE and Common Council seats.

Sattler supporters couldn’t vote at the subcommittee meeting because they hadn’t attended before.

Buried in the Facebook thread is a Dec. 2 comment from a Republican, saying, “The caucus should be meeting in early January to pick electors for the next two years. I bet if you had 50 people from each district you could wash away the rot that has festered here for too long.”

That Republican didn’t respond to a Tuesday email from NancyOnNorwalk asking about the post. He has supported Brinton, who also commented in the thread.

 

‘Please do’

DTC members, in the process of voting for Flaherty-Ludwig, encouraged Sattler supporters to get involved.

“We have a lot of new people on this call,” Melendez said Dec. 6. “If you have not joined our email list, please do so… We would love for you all to continue to come to meetings, to get involved, to tell your friends that live in other districts. Wherever you’re from, please, you know, continue to come.”

Melendez promised an information session to “give people the opportunity to understand how they can get involved, what they can do, if running for the DTC makes sense for them now, or if it does in the future. Or if a district committee is more of a level of commitment that people would want to understand…be more interested in.”

The meeting was held Dec. 16 and 65 people attended, she said recently. She didn’t say who.

Updated, 3 p.m.: More information.

25 comments

Justataxpayer January 19, 2022 at 8:35 am

I had to pause. What the heck does Betty White have to do with MLK and getting signatures??? Considering the #bettywhitechallenge has to do with raising money for animal support organizations

I guess never letting a crisis or bad event comes to mind. Congratulations.

The Plot Thickens January 19, 2022 at 8:45 am

Ok, soo it looks like a bunch of voters didn’t feel like they were being represented by District E, they were told by Ms. Melendez to get involved and she had a meeting where she told them how to run for the committee. They won 8 seats legally, resulting in a mixed slate. The losers feel that this was unfair and want a primary at the cost of the taxpayers?

Insurgent definition according to Merriam-Webster: one who acts contrary to the policies and decisions of one’s own political party

Sounds like there is a group of people acting like insurgents and it isn’t the new people!

DrewT January 19, 2022 at 8:55 am

Let the DTC Poop Show commence! If there is a useless need for a primary of any kind it should be PAID FOR by the DTC and NOT the City! They need to accept their results and move on! BTW the RTC elections are all completed without any of the drama.

This Is Crazy!! January 19, 2022 at 10:49 am

Does anyone else think this is crazy????

We haven’t had adequate NPS parent representation on these committees throughout Norwalk for years. Some parents win that right and they want to invalidate the votes of everyone who came out to vote??

Even better, they want to hold this vote in our public schools…where even parents aren’t allowed in due to covid!! And block off gym use for the whole day so our kids can’t get any exercise in the middle of winter!!

AND they want to spend our tax dollars on this! I read that this could be more than $10,000! How about they take that money and buy some tissues and chlorox wipes for our teachers so the parents don’t have to? Or even better-save the money and put it towards redoing and improving our public schools like Kendall, Cranbury, Roton, Nathan Hale, West Rocks, Naramake, Fox Run…I could go on and on. I’m happy to come up with a huge list of needs in Norwalk right now (not just in the schools) that would benefit from $10,000!

While I was not aware of the last vote, I WILL attend the primary and vote for parent representation on this committee!

John O'Neill January 19, 2022 at 11:01 am

I think this is so incredibly sad. The Dems have taken the stand that they are the “Big Tent Party”. What we’re finding out is you’re only allowed in the tent if you’re invited. I credit Jody Satler & Co for making this happen. If nothing else it shows the hypocrisy of those to the far left.
If you lose, change the rules. If you lose again, cry foul.

Speaking of foul — District E in West Norwalk has not been done any favors by Dems in control of Zoning Commission and City Hall. It’s a disgrace. Maybe this new wave a leadership can shake things up a little. The condescending attitude towards Richards Avenue taxpayers over the past months has been pathetic. For an example of that please click on the link below:

https://connecticut.news12.com/norwalk-approves-new-sikh-house-of-worship-despite-neighbor-pushback

Teacher (and Registered Democrat) January 19, 2022 at 12:26 pm

Not entirely related, but one has to wonder how many of these District E “Democrats” put Black Lives Matter signs on their million dollar properties in Rowayton, but then turn into keyboard warriors on Norwalk Education Facebook groups and/or run screaming to BoE meetings as soon as there’s even a *hint* of the potential to re-district school zones. Unreal.

Priscilla Feral January 19, 2022 at 3:16 pm

Comments here from angry anonymous letter writers who assert the last allegation they heard deserves a reply. If you’re anonymous, I’d suggest no one take the message seriously as the writer appears to lack conviction much less courage to assert it. But do know this, since the Democratic Town Committee does have rules that apparently disinterest critics here and a few pundits referenced in NoN, if one petitions to be on the ballot for a primary election for District E of the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee, on a slate, those individuals fundraise. Costs are not paid by DTC, Democratic party or other taxpayers. Anonymous pundits are making up a price of $10,000 to cover any so-called primary because that suits them; it’s based on nothing.

And last, I’ll comment on one more phony allegation: The DTC does not make decisions about, or cure, alleged problems in the schools. Total nonsense, yet that accusation was made to ask people in District E to vote against the DTC-developed candidates. What the DTC has had is good Democrats whose work is to establish and support other Democrats for all levels of government. Routinely assailing the Mayor, State Senator, Governor, and on and on, is a tirade by opposing party individuals (whether or not they’ve registered as a Democrat) to game the system.

Jim Tru January 19, 2022 at 3:40 pm

Also don’t forget how quiet the District E Council Candidates were as it pertained to the temple to be built on Richards Ave. It’s funny how before the election not much was said/reported about it but once the election is over the P&Z approval comes in.

District E does need a change and I hope these candidates can rally enough party support to keep these results.

It’s clear that the status quo only preaches the democratic process when it suits them.

Nora King January 19, 2022 at 4:23 pm

A few things for the record,

Tina Duryea was put on this committee herself as one who never attended a meeting. She should remember that. This slate of incredible leaders in the Norwalk community that won fairly did follow the procedures and ask for seats at the table. The Democrats who have become a good old fashion club didn’t want that. There is not one parent on District E that has kids in the school system, yet they determine the fate of BOE and Common Council members. Finally, we have a slate of incredibly talented parents who want to be involved and the current Democratic Party in Norwalk wants to shut them down. This is pure craziness.

The mayor is upset his wife didn’t win. I know this for a fact because a few years ago people talked to him about her not being on it and his reaction was not very professional. Many people feel she shouldn’t even be on it because her husband is the mayor, her seat should go to other people so they can have a voice. The mayor and his wife already have active, strong, and influential voices in the city of Norwalk. Often the candidates don’t even serve on these seats because their voices are already heard by being elected officials. They have tried to discourage husband and wife teams throughout the years so that there is a broader group on the table. They have just chosen to not include this group of 11 people who wanted to be involved. Why? When Galen Wells says to get involved and do things that is not what happened with Tina Duryea. Tina had not been involved at all when she got her seat at the table.

This really demonstrates the lack of consistency with this administration. We have Harry Rilling and his health staff telling parents they can’t come into the schools, they cannot be there in person for parent-teacher conferences, can’t attend concerts or anything but they are going to allow a primary for a caucus because Harry Rilling’s wife didn’t win the seat. This vote was fair and square. We don’t have air conditioners in 7 of our schools and yet we can use city resources and dollars for this primary. Wow.

Bob Schumann January 19, 2022 at 4:34 pm

The contents of the comments here defending this sham, not just by the Republicans who, like Messrs. Todd and O’Neill posted under their real names but, by the anonymous Republicans posting under their hoods, betrays the fact they are defending Republicans. Republicans who gamed the system by re-registering recently as Democrats in order to take advantage of the rules to infiltrate the Norwalk Democratic Party clandestinely setting up a vote packing that barely but, nonetheless was enough to get eight phonies enough votes. Sure, there were some registered Democrats who, not getting in the front door tried to dig a hole under the foundation of the Democratic party to get in. Their payment to the Devil was by going along and running cover for the phony Democrats. Whether you want to call yourselves “The Norwalk Independent Party” like the route Lisa Britton took or dress in sheeps clothing and re-register as Democrats. You’re all Republicans who know you can’t get elected as you really are. Lisa Britton’s showings proves calling yourself an “Independent” is seen through for what it is. So now, they are trying a different way to weasel in.

Seriously? January 19, 2022 at 6:16 pm

I don’t know anything about value of the homes of the winners of the recent DTC seats, and I also don’t know if they have Black Lives Matter signs on their lawns, as “Teacher (and Registered Democrat)” wondered. What I do know is how kind and supportive they have all proven to be to the many South Norwalk students who attend Rowayton School, and many of these are Black and Hispanic students.

Nora King has stated it well. These are “incredible leaders,” but I would add that the leaders among them whom I know are also very kind and caring people. I hope people are open-minded enough that they don’t make unwarranted assumptions about the character and the motivation of Rowayton residents. No one wants to be stereotyped, so please don’t stereotype these fine people.

Priscilla Feral: I agree that the DTC doesn’t “make decisions about, or cure, alleged problems in the schools.” That is a fact. What is also a fact is that the DTC has put on the ballot some very weak and ineffective candidates for Board of Education seats, and that has direct impact on the school system that all of us claim to value. Moreover, the DTC has appointed some weak people to vacancies on the Board of Education.

It’s time for new talent and new ways of thinking on the DTC.

Tartuffo January 19, 2022 at 7:49 pm

This is a sad state of affairs. This only shows how dysfunctional the city of Norwalk is. Since when do we label people as “good” or “real Democrats”, or anything, based on the length of their affiliation to a party? Aren’t the United States of America supposed to mean that we must be united in defending our ideas, no matter our differences. Yes, the voting was done within the legal frameworks, and no matter the results, we must accept it. Should we refer to the major crisis that affected our nation just recently, when some doubted the results of a fair and square election? I don’t believe so. We are different, we are ever evolving people, and changing an affiliation is not some kind of trick. It is what goes on in real life. A political mean to an end. Gaming the system is what goes on all day long. Knowing how to win is not for anyone: these people played the game that all those hypocrites claim to never play! Do you expect to sit and be elected over and over? I don’t think so. Someone will come along and do better for all of us. Maybe this is it. Please grow up, and let different views join the discussion! Or maybe the mayor wants only “yes men and yes women”? We have a varied group of very well educated, and informed candidates, and let’s not forget that young adult who clearly has aspirations and would be a great representation of the new generation of active members of this community. Why deny them that right? Who are you to tell us that our legal votes are not recognizable because you got voted out? Do you hear yourselves?

The Plot Thickens January 19, 2022 at 9:05 pm

Bob Schumann-I think it’s interesting that you assume I am a Republican because I am calling out how ridiculous the losing DTC members are behaving. I have always been a democrat. The way that the losing members of the slate are acting, however, makes me embarrassed to be a Norwalk democrat right now.

John O'Neill January 19, 2022 at 11:43 pm

@Bob – Wow! That was a wild rant and good for you. Opinions matter. I don’t agree but your points are appreciated.
Why should a few selected politicians dictate a party’s direction? That’s what these “insurgents” seem to be arguing…
I give them credit. Not because I’m a Republican, but because it’s the right thing to do. For those who disagree with me I’m cool with that. But give credit where credit is due. They wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing if someone listened to their concerns.
Keep the passion. But, listen to what others think. We need more listening on both sides of the aisle. Don’t you think ?

Bob Schumann January 20, 2022 at 9:38 am

Infiltrate definition according to Merriam-Webster: To enter or become established in gradually or unobtrusively usually for subversive purposes.

Sounds like the group of Republicans who infiltrated the Democratic party in order to run for office under false pretenses.

Priscilla Feral January 20, 2022 at 10:17 am

“Seriously,”

Having principles is best expressed when not hiding behind anonymous names. What I know is that the DTC assigned a qualified person with integrity and experience to fill the Board of Education seat. That this person wasn’t chosen by the group who conflates so-called school problems with DTC candidates is clear. It’s the DTC’s task to select people, and the truth about qualifications matters. One former Board of Education member who derided Democrats he didn’t control called the BoE “incompetent” when he had a public platform. It’s a shame that inspired other unsubstantiated vitriol.

I’m clarifying a remark in my letter: In the interest of democracy, the city does pay for the cost of a primary — printing ballots, for example, but campaign costs are covered by candidates, as they should be.

Bob Schumann January 20, 2022 at 11:12 am

“The Plot Thickens,” The alias you hide behind is because you’re embarrassed to be YOU right now. It certainly doesn’t elicit trust in anything you say about who you claim to be. All of these aliases could be Lisa Britton or her fanboy, Drew Todd, for all we reading these anonymous posters know.

Nora King January 20, 2022 at 12:32 pm

Teacher (and registered Democrat) I find your comment to be offensive and honestly ignorant. Shocking based on the fact you are a teacher. People buy houses based on the schools they can send their kids to. This is true all over the United States. Why wouldn’t property owners be upset? The BOE should not be allowed to make these types of decisions without taxpayer and homeowners’ input or compensation if it impacts property values. There are Supreme Court cases that support homeowners’ rights when politicians make districting decisions that impact property values. Whether you like it or not that does impact value. Everyone has the right to protect their financial assets. A house is one of the biggest assets for most people.

Lisa Brinton January 20, 2022 at 1:46 pm

@Bob Schumann (if that’s who YOU really are (lol) If you are going to continuously reference me in your comments – please learn to spell my name correctly 🙂 You flatter with all of your attention, but I feel sorry for die hard partisans like yourself from both the left and the right. Yes, IMHO you are as annoying as the far right. Party loyalty in the extreme and polarization which you from the left and those on the right promote is killing this country. As a common sense moderate – I’m just not buying it and will do everything I can to promote centrist moderation. FYI die hard Republicans hate me as much as you do 🙂 lol

But if you think single party rule – (your party) bought an paid for by special interests groups has been good for long time residents and students of Norwalk – think again.

Norwalk has the highest rents in Fairfield County, but still can’t fund its impoverished school system because the Rilling administration continues to forfeit tax dollars to developers. In a little more than a decade, NPS has gone from a 23% free and reduced lunch to over 60%. The solution from our state senator is not more state ECS money to address a shifting student population, but to siphon off students to ‘wealthier towns’ thus lowering NPSs bar further. Your party allows CT towns to continue exclusive zoning and concentrate poverty. Please don’t get on your moral high horse. The hypocrisy in this city and state is palpable.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Speaking more locally, the DTC is now the HTC (Harry Town Committee) only those swearing loyalty need apply. Well before this challenge from District E, the HTC purged a host of Council Dems from their ticket? Could it have been for ‘challenging’ this mayor or voicing mayoral aspirations – think Langella, Kydes, Sanchinelli, Tsiranides, Roberts. Harry will run for mayor until he drops dead and it works for the Hartford machine. One can speculate why he and his sycophants handed our city over…but all in all its a sad state of affairs.

Seriously? January 20, 2022 at 2:04 pm

Priscilla Feral,

You and I don’t know one another, nor have we ever communicated anywhere other than this site, and so you shouldn’t make judgments about my principles. Some of us have the need to tell the truth, but we can’t do it without jeopardizing our employment, hence, the need for the pseudonym.

You and I are going to continue to disagree about the quality of DTC candidates and appointees, but let’s try to respect one another enough to focus on that, not on one another’s character.

Bob Schumann January 20, 2022 at 5:38 pm

First, I apologize for not spelling your name correctly, Ms. Brinton. My automatic speller picked up a previously inserted name and I have gotten careless of late correcting it.

As far as who I am, like Popeye, I yam what I yam. The name I post under is my real name. I don’t hide behind aliases. Although I only post comments on NoN when something I read here really bothers me enough to comment on it, I have posted here in the past. You know me (and I know you do) for posting more frequently on Nextdoor. I am not actively nor have i ever been actively involved in Norwalk politics nor do I have any business with the City of Norwalk or the state of Connecticut.

As far as your being hated by both Democrats and Republicans, “Hate” is too strong a description. I expect some Democrats are not keen on you although I suspect some who run for office prefer you as their opponent. Republicans “hate” you? All I’ve ever read by Republicans posting on this site and others regarding you is always massively in support of you which more than betrays that notion. As far as the voters of Norwalk? Well, you know the answer to that one.

“[T]he DTC is now the HTC (Harry Town Committee).
Cute.

As far as Mayor Rilling leading the Democratic Party of Norwalk, usually parties are led by the current or last top office holder. Like Trump is to your real party nationally. That’s sort of a Politics 101 thing, no?

As far as the cost of housing here and the development being done to deal with it, the school lunch programs and what is being done there, zoning, etc. I’m not going to get into the weeds with you on any of that. Those are all different and involved subjects having nothing to do with the subject of the article we are commenting on. Not to mention, even if I did get into them with you, you’d just go and bring up something else.

You want to talk corruption? Well, that IS the subject of this article. Some slick characters in the Republican Party decided to re-register as Democrats in order to game the system by making themselves eligible to run as Democrats thus corrupting the Norwalk Democratic Party and corruptly deceiving voters. You are all for that. Heck, considering your “Norwalk Independent Party” is essentially a deception gambit, I can see how you are all for it. All of that considered, saying I’m on a “moral high horse” is a not only hypocritical, it’s projection.

Tim R January 20, 2022 at 7:40 pm

Wait, It appears only one person changed from being a republican to democrat? what gives with this thread?

Nancy McGuire January 21, 2022 at 7:26 am

Bob Schumann – Trump is a Republican. Lisa Brinton is an Independent. She’s always been independent. Trump was a Democrat until switching to the Republican Party to run for President, So, there’s no real connection you make in your comment. You wrote that to insult Lisa. I have to say, Trump learned great politics all those years he spent as a Democrat. But during her campaigns, Lisa really appealed to many Norwalkers in both parties with her thorough study of the town’s finances.

Frank Izzo January 29, 2022 at 12:02 pm

I am so tired of hearing from Democrats In Name Only. (DINOs). What are you afraid of? So many people were unable to attend that Jan Caucus because of rampant Covid. IMHO that caucus should NEVER EVER EVER have taken place, and I strongly voiced my POV on that day.. Anyone who is confident in their position should not fear what I consider a primary caused by improper setup of a caucus in time of covid. ps, It’s nice that some respondents can show off their knoiwkledge of literature by quoting “absolute power corrupts absolutely” Absolute power may indeed corrupt, but inferring that a lowly town mayor in Norwalk possesses absolute power is to not understand just how hamstrung local governments are by forces out of their control. Referencing “Absolute Power corrupts absolutely” makes one sound incredibly erudite to the GU. But in my humble opinion, it makes more sense with true despots of more stature.

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