The voters of Middletown have spoken last night! They believe the town’s Democratic leadership/Governor Malloy connection has done a good job over the past two (2) years, and has renewed their contract for the first four (4) year term of office in our history.
Republican Mayoral candidate Sandra Russo-Driska ran an issued oriented campaign against incumbent Mayor Daniel T. Drew, but it wasn’t enough to wrestle the job away from him. Maybe if there were some candidate debates, the voters would have seen a difference, but that’s hindsight.
There were many concerns; higher taxes, increased cost of City department operations, paid political advisors, out of town donors, $50 million dollars in bonds for town projects, a Mayor who was absent from work most of the time, and integrity. The majority of those who voted yesterday are okay with that, and so now must the rest of us.
In a town and state which is so democratically blue, it’s difficult for any other Party to defeat an incumbent Democrat. The big state Democratic machine was just too much for a local grass roots based Republican campaign. When an ex-convict can win back a mayoral seat from the town he has stolen money from just because of his Party designation….that’s really blue!
To those who did not vote yesterday, that was your right too. But please don’t complain about local government over the next four (4) years. Woulda, coulda, shoulda! Too late now!
This is just an observation on my part; after working many Middletown Democratic elections in the past, to supporting a Republican candidate. All I’m going to say is there is a vast difference on how the local news media covered the Republican campaign and issues.
Good luck Middletown!
Stay strong. Stay involved. Stay together. Seek the truth.
John Milardo, Middletown
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Democrats do outnumber Republicans in Middletown, but voters have repeatedly elected Republican mayors when they felt that the Republican was the better candidate. I think everyone in town knows and likes Sandy, but the majority didn't feel that she was a better choice for mayor.ReplyDelete
I consider myself a political moderate, and voted for a number of Republicans that I know personally in the election yesterday. However, I have to say that the tone of much of what I see on this blog makes me very hesitant to vote for candidates that I see endorsed here. I don't know them personally, so all I have to go on is the limited press that they get. I hope that the combative and often juvenile tone that is so often present here doesn't represent the actual candidates, but I don't think the negativity that pervades this blog helps their cause. I, too, am fed up with the entrenched politicians that have been running the city, but until constructive ideas, rather than attacks, are the focus I don't see any hope.ReplyDelete
There are two reasons for this (the results); ignorance and apathy; "I don't know and I don't care"!ReplyDelete
People don't know . . . and they don't care. It has been summed up in numerous ways, all conveying a similar concept as this:
"Men fight for liberty and obtain it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand children are once more slaves." DH Lawrence.
(Enjoy the music; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR4h38Yt540 )
Don't lump non-voters into your requirement for us to shut up. In my point of view, the choices were so poor in quality, that none of the candidates were worth voting for. Hence, my abstention was my vote.ReplyDelete
It is you non-voters that are the real problem. Whether or not you like the "quality" of the choices, they are the choices you have; primarily, because you non-voters are not involved or engaged, in the first place!ReplyDelete