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Can We Have a Fair Contest?

by Robin Fryer

I am supporting Paul Giusti for First Selectman. I reached this decision after reviewing the backgrounds of the two candidates and their accomplishments in town hall roles, and watching the debates. I also took note of the fact that current first selectman, Jeb Walker, supports Paul and not Rob Mallozzi, despite having served alongside Rob on the board of selectman for the past four years. All but one Republican on the town council and board of finance (12 out of 13) have endorsed Paul as well.

To show my support, last week I placed two signs on my front lawn. Within hours someone drove on to the lawn and flattened one of the signs. The other was stolen after three days. On the streets around town that I drive regularly, including Ponus Ridge, Weed and South Avenue I have seen Giusti signs go up and disappear within days. On Saturday I did not see a Giusti sign the whole length of Ponus Ridge; a number have been placed by residents over the past couple of weeks but none remain. On the same streets this does not seem to happen to Mazzolli signs, they stay in place.

I am not suggesting that Rob Mallozzi is behind the disappearance of Giusti signs (and bumper stickers), however, I call on Rob to ask his supporters, via a notice on his website and personal appeals, not to steal signs placed by supporters of his opponent. This is New Canaan. Let’s have a fair contest!

Elmcrest July 13, 2011 at 07:23 PM
18 comments, or about 50% of the postings on this thread, all in less than 24 hours time, are from the same person. SCC, time to start your own blog.
CTgal111 July 13, 2011 at 08:53 PM
Or SCC, run for office yourself!
Maria Weingarten July 14, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Elmcrest: The fact based information provided by SCC helps to shed light on some of the comments that have been reguarly posted by Mallozzi supporters - comments that are often filled with innuendo, conspiracy theories and misinformation. As I observe, there has been a great deal of character assassination of our thoughtful and dedicated elected and appointed town leaders. In my opinion, this is bullying and it is very troubling. Is this what we want from future town leadership? Is that what we teach our children? (As an aside, it should be noted that one person can have numerous identities on the Patch.)
Elmcrest July 14, 2011 at 03:40 PM
Hi Maria, I'll stand by my observation: "SCC" has posted nearly half the comments here. And to your point about "bullying," I'll simply add that "SCC" doesn't help Paul's cause with his snide attitude, regularly denigrating others and their opinions, accusing them of "gobsmacking ignorance," to take a recent example. It's the right of New Canaanites to question Jeb Walker's secret deals with developers or Mark DeWaele's inability to share info with others on the Town Council, and doing so hardly qualifies as "character assassination," by the way; even when I agree with the ends, which I often do, they still need to play by the rules. Have a good day!
R A Leon July 14, 2011 at 04:12 PM
TOTAL RECALL The current administration SHOULD be criticized for concealing information from voters and before the budget was passed by TC. Walker and De Waele should resign, with all due respect. None of this is innuendo, conspiracy theory, misinformation or character assassination directed at our thoughtful and dedicated town leaders, such as Paul Foley or John Emert who should be praised and recognized. They are the kinds of role models our children can emulate. If they run for election, please consider voting for them, regardless of your party affiliation. In contrast, Messrs. Walker and De Waele would be candidates for recall, if such a right existed in CT.

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