The old adage in business about consultants, which is that they borrow your watch to tell you the time, is operating full force among the alleged economic whizzes, tax-cutting, job-creating bunch of consultants, near consultants and technocrats running for office from the Republican Party headed by Mitt Romney. Romney is the man claiming to be able to create the 12MM jobs that independent economists state will be created as the results of President Obama’s policies.
McMahon — the wrestling executive — is claiming to be protective of jobs (cut them at WWE), middle class protection (advises cutting taxes for the rich) and women’s health ( but supports defunding Planned Parenthood). Obsitnick lines up with Romney and claims to have a plan-we just don’t know what it contains. Look on down to “legacy” candidates Frey and Boucher at the State Legislative and Senate levels and note that the entire ticket suffers from amnesia about the chaos they created on their own “watches”. Even worse, Boucher did not show up TWICE (after accepting) a League of Women Voter’s debate with Carolanne Curry, her opponent, demonstrating lack of conviction about her own record, and disdain for the voters. Shameful.
Under President Obama the path is forward-witness new jobs, a revitalized car industry, the repayment of stimulus funds (with interest) from the biggest recipients, young people now covered until age 26 on parent’s insurances, a pay equity act for women, and a myriad of new industries, educational opportunity and a strong military. The right candidate for US Senate, Chris Murphy will continue his “buy American” initiative, stand up for Social Security and Medicaid (note the vouchers in the Ryan plan) and continue to advocate for CT industry.
Our Congressman Jim Himes continues the tradition of moderate representation for Ridgefield. He is smart, a skilled “cross the aisle” leader and devoted to responsible budgeting. His business and housing experience is vital to bring opportunity to America. He makes Ridgefield a second home, listens to residents and is ready to help at any moment. We need him re-elected.
Our newest candidate, Jeff Bonistalli for State Representative from the 111th district, is challenging the old boy’s club in Hartford. Thousands of calls, door knocks, demonstrate his work ethic. He is a quiet giant among advocacy groups for the disabled, youth and seniors. He strives for policies that encourages youth to stay here, work here. It is time for some new ideas. Elect Jeff.
At State Senate, there is no one better suited for the job than Carolanne Curry. A savvy senior citizen, she is not only an advocate for seniors, but also a strong proponent of how the state can help (by staying out of the way) school systems such as ours. Realistic, experienced in business, ready to speak to residents and show up for more than ribbon cutting — we can elect Carolanne for State Senate and get a lot more.
The writer is chair of the Democratic Town Committee.