Voter: Dems Need 'Good Help'

The following is a letter to the editor.

Democrats are lost and need good help. 

Today we move on from the local municipal elections into the holiday season where faith, family and community should be at the forefront of our lives.  This is also the time where the election winners graciously move on preparing for the work they have ahead and the losers move on with their lives wondering, only if.

This election Tim Herbst was again re-elected to office as our First Selectman along with his whole team. Also, Trumbull decisively elected the citizens of Trumbull who are Republicans to control the Town Council, Boards of Education, Finance, Planning and Zoning and all others. These people, these Republicans are the peoples’ representatives, those who have been tasked to work for the people in their best interest overseeing and working with the First Selectman as they move Trumbull forward governing in concert.

As a Republican/Libertarian I am quite happy with the outcome. However, I sit and think about this election and try to understand how one Party, the Trumbull Republicans could totally decimate the Trumbull Democrats in a manner not seen here in many an election. Yes, Tim had a strong message of fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability with a successful track record of management.

Yes, Republican Party chairman, Jack Testani again orchestrated masterfully the Republican message and vast amounts of supporters who wanted to donate their time, money and energy to the Republican platform. Yes, they had the unsung heros such as Loretta Chory, Karen Egri and Bill Chin in the background making the operation run smoothly and effectively. This is a recipe of success that has taken years to put together through good times and bad but it has stayed together.

The key word here is “Together”. A word that the Trumbull Democrats can’t say is part of their vocabulary. This is a Party that is a mess, it is unorganized, has no leadership and no message. I am not the only one who says that, my wife who is a liberal Democrat (Amazing how that works in marriages) and some other Democrat friends of mine believe the same thing!

They are saying that as Democrats and liberals they are not represented by the Trumbull Democrats. They don’t like that most of this current election ticket are former Republicans who have fiscal conservative values. My wife says “Why should I vote for a fiscal conservative who used to be a Republican that I don’t know over a Republican that I do know?”

Over the past four years it has been obvious that the Trumbull Democrats have taken in disgruntled Republicans, who for whatever reason want to be “Democrats” in order to attack the Republicans and Tim Herbst. Instead of trying to stay with Republicans and shape it, they left it for a Party who philosophies they don’t even believe in.

The platform over these past four years have been be obstructionists with voting against everything the First Selectman asks, abstaining on votes when convenient, create numerous websites and forums on Facebook to complain and attack anyone who doesn’t believe in what they believe. This is sad the sad truth and quite ineffective.  What is even more sad is that they still don’t realize it.

I think the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee needs to clean house of the negativity and vendettas of the past and start anew. My wife and Democrats like her would love to see a Democratic party that has Democratic ideals and philosophies, not anger and character assassinations.

As I mentioned to a number of Trumbull Democrats I told them they need new Leadership, a platform, a message and someone to deliver it. Trumbull Democrats don’t have that and won’t have that until they get rid of those people who have brought them to this all-time low.

So, why should I care? I care because as a Veteran and an American I believe in our Republic and our Democracy. It’s not perfect but it works for us. Great communities grow and flourish with competing ideas, philosophies and objectives negotiated through respectful debate and communication. Losing that competition is not healthy for any community over the long term, even Trumbull.

As I see it right now, Trumbull is in great hands with Tim Herbst and the Republican Party. I wish them all the best and hearty congratulations and hope that they can continue to live up to their past successes.

This Veterans Day take a moment to say Thank you to a veteran.

Mark Edward Smith


Jim Flynn November 10, 2013 at 09:43 PM
The last thing Trumbulls Democrats need to do is take any advice from Smitty. Except if we wanted to run away Smitty is Trumbulls resident Quitter
Richard Moore November 10, 2013 at 11:09 PM
And Stuart is the Dems voice of reason and direction...Jim Flynn/Stuart/NoTaxman12 please just give it up. Your rantings and hate are part of the Trumbull Dems core problems.
Jim Flynn November 10, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Richards Maybe team mom Deborah/Steve Ciccone/retired will buy another tomato and you will even charge them the sales tax that Ct imposes. Remember what they say about absolute power.
Jim Flynn November 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Richard Does mom really want to go there?
Joan November 10, 2013 at 11:34 PM
I think the Republican mailers during this campaign season, with their vicious personal attacks, made it clear which is the party of "negativity" and "personal vendettas."
Richard Moore November 10, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Yeah Stu, make insulting references to my mom. That's the spirit. Seriously, are you 12? My mom is almost 70 years old and could probably still handle herself against 3 of you! I have to laugh. This is the hate and stupidity that Mark refers to in his post. Voters are tired of the NoTaxman/Jim Flynn nonsense. It's comical that you are reinforcing his point. And to your point, tomatoes are not taxed. I thought you were a practicing tax attorney ferchrissakes.
Jim Flynn November 10, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Farmer You know damn well I am not discussing your mom so cut your martyr crap. Yours and Smittys postings clearly show the bullying tactics that have taken place and will continue for the next two. But I find it quite funny how it is you two nonentities trying to show that you have cajones
Richard Moore November 11, 2013 at 12:12 AM
I'm laughing at how you keep reinforcing the point of this discussion. And yes, I am in possession of my original cajones. I wasn't aware that my posts had ANYTHING TO DO my manhood, or why you felt the need to reference my mother, or Tim's mother, and frankly, ANYONE'S mother. I'm off all day tomorrow, I'll be at the farm, so if you want to stop by and speak face to face like a gentleman, without insulting my mother, I will be happy to converse at length. If you mention my family one more time, even in passing, we will skip the pleasantries. Please stop by. I think you need a good dose of the farm and what Trumbull is really about.
Jim Flynn November 11, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Wow. Usted es mas macho Ricardo
Mark E Smith November 11, 2013 at 08:34 AM
Its easy to attack people verbally, but shows only ignorance. It takes a real person to debate with facts and ideas.
Dan Luposki November 11, 2013 at 08:59 AM
Kathleen Miranti November 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Mark, you have a short memory. A few years back Republicans were in the same boat. Remember Piotrosky? Don't remember the Dems being vicious at that time. It is the cycle of elections. Have to say, have never seen sore winners before!
Pam Georgas November 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM
If we could put a little more focus on serving the community, rather than focusing and wasting energy on party-fighting....I think we would be good. There is so much potential for Trumbull, but we constantly see grid lock on issues for little other reason but childish behavior. I don't know much about Marks political background, but I do know him through his generous donation of time within the community.
Mark E Smith November 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Kathy you missed the premise of the article. And i do remember back then and it amazes how ones perception changes over time and how your attitude has changed greatly towards the Dems since then. Lastly, I am making a point that many REAL Democrats making and that its important to listen to them.
Kathleen Miranti November 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM
You know why my attitude has changed. Do you really want to go there? What is the point many REAL deems are making? All I hear is nastiness. The election is over, move on. Oh yeah, I remember you do own property elsewhere to retire to.
Jim Flynn November 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Like I said previously the Democrats neither need nor want the advice of Republicans in Trumbull as to how they make a comeback. In 2007, the Republican Party in Trumbull was lost. We didn't bother to give you advice as to how to fix it, you did it all by yourself. That is good. The same thing will happen to the Trumbull Democrats. Things in this town are cyclical.
Dan Luposki November 11, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Lucid Flynn. I agree.
MAC November 11, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Mark, I agree with most of what you wrote and posted here. However, with two disastrous Trumbull elections under her belt in her hometown, and the fact that N. DiNardo is also the DEM state chair--perhaps they need to consider the BANKRUPTCY of their entire party's foundation......................................................... In CT the DEM party seems riddled with corruption and cronyism; and federally it is all based on more power and CONTROL, the "Collective" and LESS Freedom for individuals!


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