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Voter: Stop 'Political Fighting' For Now

The following is a letter to the editor.

To the Editor: 

I was hoping that our local politicians might give it a rest after the election so that the town can enjoy the holiday season free of political attacks and hubris, but Mark Smith, a Republican, couldn’t resist.  He launched into a scathing attack on the local Democrats, cloaked as helpful advice. 

Mr. Smith, I have some advice for you and your fellow Republicans.  You should really try to fix your own party before giving unsolicited feedback.  It's a big world outside of Trumbull.  There is not one single Republican Representative or Senator in Washington from Connecticut.

Republicans just lost Norwalk and Stamford in Republican lower Fairfield County to Democrats. Democrats have a mighty advantage in both houses of the Connecticut State Legislature.  The Governor and all the Constitutional Officers in Connecticut are Democrats.  There are NO Republican Representatives in Congress from any New England State, not even one.

There are only 2 Senators out of 12 that are Republicans from New England.  Across the country, the 12 largest cities in the country have Democratic mayors, and 27 of the largest 30 cities in America have Democratic mayors.  Democrats control the U.S. Senate, made gains in the House in 2012 and they have won the popular vote in five of the last six Presidential elections. In several national polls, Republicans are at their lowest approval rating in history. 

Mark Smith, you would be better served and more gracious to avoid gloating over a local victory and help get your own Republican house in order first. 

While Mr. Smith is in the advice-giving mood, I hope he will also give some practical advice to one of his fellow Republicans, State Representative David Rutigliano.  In the last legislative session, David Rutigliano voted against AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDREN'S SAFETY, the historic gun legislation that passed by a 105-44 vote in the State House.

This bill was supported by Pat Llodra, the Republican First Selectwoman of Newtown and Senate Republican Minority Leader John McKinney!  David Rutigliano also voted against the bill to increase the Connecticut minimum wage.

The election is over.  We all need a break from the constant political fighting.  Please Mark Smith, put down your pen and try to enjoy everything the holiday season has to offer.  Let Peace and Love surround you.  This should be a time when our town can come together, without attempts to further divide.  Thank you. 

Magda Lowenberg

Mark E Smith November 20, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Ms. Lowenberg You seem to forget the four or five websites created by Trumbull Democrats buitlt to attack Tim Herbst and his administration continuously for the past four years. So please stop with the hypocracy. Second I speak about Trumbull because the State is bankrupt with no business growth based on all the wonderful things the Democrats have done here. So you can go back to all the sites and Facebook pages Trumbull Democrats created over the past few years and continue you complaining and attacking the voters love it! Again, I am not your enemy. If my letters are "scathing" you really have thin skin.
Thomas Tesoro November 20, 2013 at 02:56 PM
What Mr Smith like you to forget is that 4 years ago the Trumbull Republicans used the new Trumbull Chat to relentlessly attack then First Selectman Baldwin and his team. Mr. Smith himself was not shy about calling the Town Council rubber stampers complete with graphics to emphasize his point. That website was not created by democrats, in fact, it was created by a person now employed by the current administration. Once elected, the very site they used to great effect became, a "pit of venom". I guess we can learn that the Republicans love to dish it out but really can't take it. I agree with Ms. Lowenberg and Mr. Silber in a different article. that it is holiday season so give it a rest.
BobbyCook November 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM
It's finished before it began.
Magda Lowenberg November 21, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Mark, Thank you for taking time to respond and I did not expect your repsonse to be anything less than judgemental. Hope you and your family have a very merry holiday season.

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