Trumbull's Bevilacqua Reports His Signs Stolen

The independent candidate said it hurts his campaign.

As a longtime democrat, I was aghast at the potential of voting irregularities at the polls.  The very purpose of representative democracy, of elections is to determine the choice of the people.  So when I was involved in a local race a few years back in Waterbury and was told that per the instructions of the then Secretary of State, they were made to throw away ballots of people who had wrote candidate names on the ballot (thus rendering that vote null and void) I literally became sick to my stomach.  So when I requested from them that they make these total public per the freedom of information laws, I was further upset to learn that government was using these laws to prevent the public from acquiring obviously public information.  The state freedom of information commission further backed them up on this by their failure to act.  When I became involved in local Trumbull politics (though I have lived in this area my entire life, I had never been involved on such a low level) I was informed of similar practices.
Today, a lawn sign of mine that was placed on public land more than 200 feet from the place of voting was removed.  Now I am an independent candidate and have spent very little in resources for this election, but i felt it essential to have attractive and bright yard signs as I am competeing against heavily financed opponents.  I went into Hillcrest Middle School to enquire.  I asked to speak to the chief moderator of the site, who turns out to be a Ms. Jackie DiTullio.  She informed me that she was a democrat.  I immediately informed her who I am. She informed me that Republican Registrar of Voters, Bill Holden, a self stated enemy of mine informed her that she had to remove the sign per state law.   When I asked her for my property back, she told me she had no idea where it was.  When I asked her which law she was siting, she could not tell me which one it was.  
Public property is owned by the people collectively, for public business and is administered by her government.  This government is claiming to be a democracy.  If such a law exists it would be an invalid law as it is contrary to the peoples right of collective ownership.  As the candidate for the people, unendorsed by any party or business faction, as an unaffiliate candidate in unison with the majority of voters who are unaffiliates in the state of connecticut, it is the obligation of the secretary of state to recify these obsenities against the democratic spirit.  By removing my sign it placed me at a serious disadvantage, for arbitrary or capricious reasons in todays poll.

Louis Bevilacqua

Jim Flynn November 06, 2012 at 03:54 PM
What a whiner!!Waa... Somebody took my sign!! We have people in Trumbull who were without power for over a week. Residents had to have expensive repairs made to their houses because trees crashed through their roofs. First responders and other residents of Connecticut were KILLED by falling trees. Somebody took your sign away. BIG FREAKIN DEAL! GET OVER YOUSELF! Louie, Just put things in perspective and stop crying.
Jackie Simmons November 06, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Even worse--we had a lawn sign stolen from OUR LAWN! My husband hand-painted a sign that said, "Linda's selling & we're not buying" and leaned it up against a tree in the middle of our lawn. Someone walked onto our property when we weren't home and stole the sign (which was a 2' x 3' piece of plywood). I'm planning on writing in votes today for Green Party candidates for the top two spots when I go to Hillcrest to vote. While I have Democrat friends who have suggested to me that I am throwing away my vote (my hope is that the Greens will get 5% of the vote to strengthen them for the next election and that CT will, as usual, go Blue), I will make sure before I vote that a write-in vote won't, in fact, be physically thrown away. Good luck, Louis.
Thomas Tesoro November 06, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Jackie, I am a Democrat and I say vote your conscience. No vote is wasted!! Also, please sign the voter Initiative petition which will give us as Citizens a real say in how we configure our Town's voting districts. Let's sign the petition, be sure our Citizens have all the information, have a lively debate and decide as Citizens of Trumbull.
louis November 06, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Boy, that is really brilliant democrats, know I know why I was the party strategist during the most successful era for the Democratic party during the Clinton years. So why not advocate for fifty districts, that way all the remaining party members can divy up the districts to cover for the GOP on election day....cause that is all there is gonna be left if you folks keep going, about fifty of us democrats
louis November 06, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Boy, that is really brilliant democrats, now I know why I was the party strategist during the most successful era for the Democratic party during the Clinton years. So why not advocate for fifty districts, that way all the remaining party members can divy up the districts to cover for the GOP on election day....cause that is all there is gonna be left if you folks keep going, about fifty of us democrats
louis November 06, 2012 at 08:27 PM
oh and do remember...in ancient Rome, the Republic was destroyed by silly rules which excluded the talent causing the elites to vote for the wrong people
Jim Flynn November 06, 2012 at 10:20 PM
So now you're a Democrat again..."Us" Democrats. You flip flop more than Romney.
Joe November 07, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Good luck Lou! We voted.
Jean Rabinow November 07, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I really hate it when people steal lawn signs, but candidate Bevilacqua should know better than to plant political signs on school property, which is a violation of at least a municipal ordinance. I don't know who removed his sign, but I do know that if I had been the poll moderator at a school with any political signage anywhere on the grounds, it would have been my job to remove it as soon as I was notified that it had been placed. Candidates who want to reach voters can carry signs (outside the 75-foot-form-the-poll limit, of course) but that's it. Candidates should learn the law before they run, and before they complain.
louis November 08, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Jean, I never liked you. You must know that public property is owned by the public and administered by her government. If public space is not to be used for public purposes, who is allowed to fill the vacuum, IBM? I'm glad you, an unelected self appointed nobody has taken to tell me the law. If it is a municipal law, it is an invalid one. I know the law, the federal law and the principles behind it. I'm glad your tea hour has expanded to setting policy to constrain us 'public officials.' No wonder the public is misinformed and ill educated. You run debates for the entire county. By they way, the petition drive table was most likely within the 75 ft zone. You have reduced democratic choice to a slide rule and tape measure. You miss the point. Will you claim next that there is a law that they can throw away ballots? But you incompetent clerks will at some point recognize you are fast becoming obsolete. You have destroyed the principles of freedom and government of the people through your silly dictates.
Kathleen McGannon November 11, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Louis, You shouted at us and called us "stupid idiots" as you walked past our petition table at Hillcrest, both going in and coming out. Certainly, those within earshot considered you inappropriate. I was not sure who you were, but when I was told you were a candidate, I wondered how you thought that behavior might have endeared you to voters! Our table was well OUTSIDE the "75 foot zone." The moderator, the police, and the 2 Registrars of Voters had no complaint with our location nor with our procedure. And government by the people is exactly what we were promoting.
louis November 11, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Kathleen, Yes it is correct that I feel the local tmbler democrats to be stupid, and whether or not that is a permanent condition is up to you. If you knew why I was houting, you would be shouting with me, remain, instead content with doing somthing for the good. Do petition drives on insignificant topics, if you were a true democrat, or if they told you the truth instead of going for drinks with Rutigliano, you would understand. Either way, no democrat will ever get more than 5000 votes in the 123rd, and that is for a reason
louis November 11, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Uphold the letter of the law, authorities, whilst continuing to defeat its intent....it will be a moral victory
Bill Holden November 12, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Jackie DiTullio has been a moderator for many elections and primaries. She has always done a good job. All moderators have been instruced by the registrars to enforce the municipal code which requires permission from the owner before placing any temporary signs on any property. The verbal attack on Mrs. DiTullio is unfounded.
Kathleen McGannon November 12, 2012 at 06:44 PM
louis, I really don't know what your post is supposed to mean., But I do know that I have never been out for a drink of ANY kind with Mr. Rutigliano. He never asked me. :)


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