Trumbull Political Ode: 'A Poem on GOP Gerrymandering'

Trumbull's new districts took effect during the August primary.


                    A Poem on GOP Gerrymandering"




                                  Carol Hudak


                         Gerry is meandering,

                         all throughout the town . . .

                         Looking for his voting place,

                         Up each street and down.


                         "Someone please tell me,

                          where do I vote?"

                          Alas - the secret's hidden -

                          Behind the Town Hall moat.


                          "Shouldn't they send each of us,

                          a special reminder or two?

                          Maybe even 3 or 4 . . .

                          Votings kind-of-an important

                           thing to do."


                          Gerry huffed and he puffed,

                          as he trudged up Churchill Rd. . . .

                          "This really isn't funny,

                           I'm 88 years old!"


                           "Why, oh, why,

                           has my voting booth been changed?

                           It's been in the same place for decades,

                           Why was it suddenly re-arranged?"


                          Gerry mused, as he meandered,

                          about the state of things in town . . .

                          The conclusions he arrived at,

                           made him seriously frown . . .


                          "The GOP Town Council

                            should shoulder all the blame . . .

                            For playing power politics,

                            They're in the Hall of Shame!"


                            And like don Quixote,

                            Gerry's still on a quest . . .

                            To find his gerrymandered voting place,

                            Before his final rest.



                            One could hear Gerry call,

                            As he meandered out of sight . . .

                            "WHERE  DO  I  VOTE???????

                            Tell me, please, before 8pm, on voting night!!"

Thomas Tesoro October 26, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I am not sure who the big four malcontents are but, if I am one, then let me say that I am still waiting for any credible reason for the change in voting districts. The alternative 7 District plan would have maintained 7 equal sized districts and would have impacted less than 5,000 voters. By contrast this silly four District plan creates a "super district" , impacts over 18,000 voters and gives absolutely no benefit to the voting public. The old seven district plan worked well for Trumbull, when the voters wanted chage, they made changes. There was strong minority representation no matter which Party was the majority. When the Republicans on the Town Council (except for Mr. Pia) voted in this stinkeroo the smartest ones kept silent, those that spoke, in particular Mr. London (who said the 7 seven district plan was gerrymandered and when asked where he could offer no answer) looked foolish. It is a pathetic way to operate.
Joan October 26, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Oh, there are many more than four malcontents. Not everyone is "content" with mediocrity, to put it nicely.
Jim Flynn October 26, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Mediocrity? I think mendacity is the applicable term here for this Republican power play.
Carol Hudak November 08, 2012 at 10:52 PM
"Gerry fell meandering, all around the town, Looking for his gerrymandered voting place, in the No. Nichols area of town . . . Gerry's now on crutches, since the roads are such a mess . . . He called the Sec. of State, To voice his anger and distress . Seems Gerry never received a postcard, telling of his brand new voting place . . . But what he's telling everyone who will listen is . . . "This GOP re-districting is a total and complete DISGRACE!!!!!" Carol Hudak P.S. I received a call from a senior Tuesday morning who had never received the ONE postcard town hall bothered to send out --- this person was livid. I received my one notice on the Saturday before the election. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Gerry never received a notice, it was no where to be found . . . Now Gerry's complaining to Hartford
Carol Hudak November 08, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I hope seniors, especially, who were displaced and distressed by this gerrymandering, complain to the Secretary of State, in Hartford. Seniors, let your voices be heard! Remember: if the Democrats did it, this administration would call it POLITICS; and they would somehow find a way to blame former FS, Ray Baldwin. (Hey, maybe it's Ray's fault that Romney lost????) But when the Trumbull GOP does it . . . we're supposed to think they have only our best interests at heart. Maybe this fiasco will help Trumbull voters wake up.


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