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Giusti: Able, Compassionate and Approachable

A letter supporting Paul Giusti's candidacy for First Selectman of New Canaan.

Electing a First Selectman with proven abilities in business and construction, and seasoned familiarity with our town government structure, gained from active involvement in it over a sustained period of time, would be especially valuable this year.

I am confident that, more than any other candidate, Paul Giusti has those abilities, as well as the knowledge and experience to lead the town through financially challenging times. His communication and team building skills, and his sustained commitment to the town, can continue to be of great benefit.    

At a personal level, knowing that families can be presented with major challenges at any time, has given him a special capacity for empathy towards seniors and others faced with various special needs. He would be an able, compassionate and approachable leader in what has now become a demanding, full-time job and so, for all these reasons, I strongly support the candidacy of Paul Giusti. 

CTgal111 June 21, 2011 at 03:03 PM
@Hank Edwards: Wow, that is just beyond a nasty comment. Shame on you. A blight to New Canaan? funny, since the store supports the local school teams, the outdoor music festivals, offers local teens jobs, pays municipal taxes, makes countless donations for charitable events, etc, etc. It is in fact one of the more highly community-oriented business in town!!! You sound mean-spirited and should be embarassed by your narrow world view.
Jon S. June 21, 2011 at 03:04 PM
SCC, no one is interested in your constant recommendations and suggestions on what we should think and what we should do. You continue to split hairs and miss the point.
JL June 21, 2011 at 03:16 PM
This election is pretty simple actually. If you believe that Jeb and his people have been doing a good job, then vote for his handpicked sucessor, Paul Giusti. Nothing will change. We will continue with the Long Range Planning Committe and spending on outside consultants. If you think this is the wrong approach, then vote for Rob. Everything else is just noise.
Sheryl Shaker June 21, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Is it not possible for commenters to stick to the issues and to state their points without denigrating the character, intelligence and motives of people who hold different points of view? No one wants to walk into a room where people are arguing and insulting each other, so please stop. Can we get this conversation back on topic: What are the issues and challenges that matter most to our town? How will your candidate best address those issues?
Bob June 21, 2011 at 04:06 PM
SCC, I have looked at the Gusiti web site. All it says is that he was the COO (typo corrected from CEO) of Fortress Group. As we all know that company failed. Also, we don't know what were his responsibilities as COO. Depending on the structure, often COO's may only have responsibility for staff functions such as Legal, HR, public relations and the like. All that he has said about Fortress was the number of employees and revenue. But nothing about how much of that he was directly responsible for in his role. And the amount of revenue is totally irrelevant if the expenses were greater. Which is what happened at Fortress Group. Your candidate has not given us anything solid about his time there. As to Brookstone, we know equally little about his efforts there. If you search any of the business reporting agencies for Brookstone, it comes back as a company with less than $5,000,000 in sales and 8 employees. And Guisti is not listed. In fact, someone else has the title of CEO of Brookstone. Again, too many unanswered questions about his career. This would be fairly simple to set straight if he would address these issues. But he has chosen not to do so.

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