I’ve been a Democrat for as long as I’ve thought about politics, so when I landed myself an internship with state Rep. John Frey before I graduated RHS, I was skeptical. I’ve always known and respected him as a man, but in the age of polarization I didn’t expect myself to appreciate his politics. During my time working for him, however, I realized that John was the type of politician who transcends partisanship and serves his community with straightforward pragmatism.
I spent six weeks experiencing first-hand John’s dedication to his job as he spent early morning hours reviewing constituents’ emails and actually reading the content of the encyclopedic bills on which he would vote. I witnessed the authentic care and concern that John has for his constituents, as individuals and at large. He’s a guy who can toggle between smiling and shaking hands with the winning RHS boys hockey team on their visit to the State Capitol and discussing (off the cuff) the arcane details of Connecticut plastic bottle tax law in a meeting with an environmentally-conscious constituent. On the ride to and from the capital he would take calls from constituents, state and town officials, and from Little League organizers pushing for the construction of a new baseball field — he would treat each with equal respect and interest, privileging no one and keeping in mind who he is elected to serve.