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Trumbull candidate Bevilacqua joins the GOP

He was a Democrat.

Candidate for the Connecticut General Assembly and longtime Democrat, Louis A Bevilacqua, has announced that he has filed the appropriate paperwork and has registered as a member of the Republican Party.

Mr Bevilacqua, very active in state and national Democratic circles, and the founder of the State Young Democrats in 2002, serving as its national committeeman, said the decision is based on his belief that the party is going in the wrong direction, that party leadership has led the organization down a dead end street with no plans for the future, and he still hopes to work with many of his friends in the Democrat party, with whom he shares mutual admiration. 

"Being a Republican does not mean advancing an agenda of the party of 10 years ago or of 50 years in the past." said Mr Bevilacqua  "It means being a Republican for today, able to achieve party goals, conserving that which is good about our society, our politics and advancing individual freedom.  No one faction should claim credit for our glorious achievements."

As a candidate for the 123rd House district, Mr Bevilacqua has advocated a return to common sense representative democracy and constitutionalism.  He has received wide praise from the public for the effort and expects to be successful in his campaign for the State House.  This decision does not impact his candidacy as he will be listed on the independent line in November's ballot. His reason for his party registration is both personal and principled.

"The Democrat party, of which I have always been a member (as has my family going back to the Civil War) has ceased to function.  It has lost its vitality, its authenticity; in short it has become a slave of contemporary fashion and intrigue."  added Mr. Bevilacqua.  "Because it has lost its flexibility and organic native based politics, it will cease as an effective tool with which we can meet the challenges of the future."

"Are we to be confined by our membership in trade unions, or our race, as god made us?  It appears we are becoming a party where sexual orientation is more important than achievement.  Were I gay, my opportunities in the Democrat party would have been limitless."

George July 13, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Still talks like a Democrat; we need to see what his actions say. It will be interesting to see whether Louis personifies the adage that if you're under 30 and not a Democrat you have no heart, and if you're over 30 and not a Republican you have no brain.
HL July 13, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I'm an Independent, but what exactly does this quote even mean? "The Democrat party, of which I have always been a member (as has my family going back to the Civil War) has ceased to function. It has lost its vitality, its authenticity; in short it has become a slave of contemporary fashion and intrigue. Because it has lost its flexibility and organic native based politics, it will cease as an effective tool with which we can meet the challenges of the future." Sounds like vague rhetoric to me. And the comments insinuating that being gay is a prerequisite to success in the Democratic party is downright alarming. Not because I think for a second that it's true, but more so because I am alarmed a candidate would even have such a broken train of thought.
JR July 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM
My only hope is that Dave R. will agree to debate this guy. Youtube gold.
Tessa Marquis July 13, 2012 at 09:41 PM
No real Democrat says "The Democrat party". Who did this guy bamboozle for the past 10 years?
Roy Fuchs July 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM
For those old enough to remember, Howard Cosell was often called "a legend in his own mind." Is this Cosell redux?
Anderson Scooper July 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Self-serving idiot.
Jim Flynn July 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Louie continues to spout his nonsense. However, his rant against gay Americans is beyond the pale. Shame on you .
louis July 14, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I can tell you this, Anderson, my IQ is bigger than yours! None of what I am saying is for my benefit. Were I that type of politician, you would have already been made to vote for me years ago, like Tony Musto or TR Rowe who literally did nothing in either your benefit, the interest of the Republican party or the people of Trumbull. Yet you folks, time and again, cast a ballot for them. But I unlike them owe no allegiance to any special interest. My family has been independent minded public officials for 160 years in this country, and if I want to call it the Democrat Party, trust me, I earned the right. Do you want to know why you elect people to represent you in power, folks? Because you people wouldn't know the first thing to do if you were elected. They would serve you people up for lunch! That is why I exist, to protect you idiots from the people who will take everything from you and give nothing in return.
Jim Flynn July 14, 2012 at 02:55 PM
So Louis, why the rampant hatred against gay Americans?
Joan July 14, 2012 at 03:55 PM
So now you are calling the people who you want to vote for you "idiots?" Good luck with that.
MAC July 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM
louis has accomplished what I had thought would be impossible--brought my agreement with Joan as to her "Good luck with that" comment. He gratuitously insults other candidates and those who have honorably served, such as TR Rowe, and then expects people to believe he is honorable, electable and above partisan politics? Good grief! Once in awhile he starts to make a little sense, and then his next words reveal that he is perfectly in tune with the bitter partisanship and tone of Pelosi, Reid et al of the DEM party. Can't imagine why any would want to vote for this volatile and self-important character.
louis July 14, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Listen folks, I know you guys are new to politics, and in response to your rants, I would normally not pull an eyebrow when liberals start to attack me, but two possibilities, either lets start to have a constructive discourse or if you think you can do better, then run for office. Now is not the time to elect tools like TR Rowe or similar Republicans such as Rutigliano who obviously are in politics to win large concessions and make money. Yet your taxes go up. Rant all you want people, when you grow up, i'll be here to talk about what we can achieve. And Jim, if you think Palo is more of a political leader than me, write his name in. I'm not against Gay americans or black americans or any kind of diversity, but what I have seen are inexperienced hacks taking over both parties, replacing competent people, and that was what I was talking of. Were I gay or a hack or you Jim, a complete sellout, I would have been selected years ago to run for office, but that is not what public administration is about. Keep voting for criminals, they seem to be more your style!
Joan July 14, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Aw, MAC, you almost had me agreeing with you too until you left out examples of the bitter partisans on the GOP side. McConnell, Boehner, Cantor...it's an embarrassment of riches! I'm still glad we could agree on something, though.
louis July 14, 2012 at 07:05 PM
And if they are not criminals, whom you usually honor with your vote, then are they men of high learning? None of these men who I see as my opponents were students at any university I hold in high regard. Are they men of extraordinary ethics, none would sacrifice their interests on the altar of high virtue. Are they men who work solely for the people, none, whom you routinely elect, whom you pay from the public treasury show their commitment to the people by their actions. Most have a sense of entitlement as a party nomination equals automatic election to office. Try and not be divided by issues and select the qualities that would administer government in your name as it should be, and try occassionally to divorce yourself from partisan politics for such things may serve others but not us. I ask for your votes!
Concerned Parent July 16, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Very simple, talk is cheap...and people today LOVE to talk..or rant...We are living in the Information Age after all...
Gerald M. Gaynor July 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM
That was a terrible misquote of Winston Churchill... “If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”
louis September 24, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I know you folks are not used to having leaders. We have elections so that specialised people with expertise can represent you. We are not puppets or marionettes to adjust at your minutae and then miss the big things like passing laws which require you to produce a DNA sample in which to enjoy your right to vote. We also are not supposed to be silent when a bank fingerprints you or requires 8 forms of ID to cash your check because that also undermines the value of our monetary system. Its kinda difficult to explain, but we are supposed to be helping you, the people, evolve into good bosses, so to speak. To understand whom you should be voting for. This all goes back to the origin of representative democracy in the dying moments of democratic ancient greece. In other words....you are not supposed to be telling me what the republican party is supposed to be about, I am supposed to be telling you. I am also supposed to be doing working for you to gain your vote. Your job is to verify that the people who you elect are supposed to be in a position of authority, you are supposed to verify that we have knowledge,the sensibility, either of the democratic faction or the republican faction, that is ours, american, our democracy. You are supposed to weed out the fascists, company boys and club members, you are supposed to ensure that democracy doesn't become communism. Now I know that is a lot to ask. But that is our system, and I'm telling you folks, you don't have too many shots left
louis September 24, 2012 at 02:14 AM
And from my vantage point. From my long institutional memory, from my wide experience in high levels of politics, it appears you folks tried to creat a formulae for the selection of mediocre public officials. Be tough on criminals, talk like you are pro life, but only vote for politicians who will do absolutely nothing at all for the people. Am I wrong, if I am prove it!
louis September 24, 2012 at 03:00 AM
The average home price in this town is $400,000, that meand if the mill rate is 35, the average year cost per home to the treasury of Quality street is $14,000. Yet you folks cannot seem to elect solid republican leadership to save your lives. You think that if government becomes the domain of garbage, that is fine as long as they leave you to your devises. That isn't how it works people. Overtime, leadership will continue to decline and we will continue to get poor appointees and we will begin to see a decline in what we take for granted, personal rights and private property.

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