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Trumbull GOP Chair Renews Complaint; Lawn Signs Debated

Jack Testani is chair of the Trumbull Republican Town Committee and the chair of the Trumbull Police Commission. Nancy DiNardo chairs the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee and the state Democrats.

As election day nears, lawn signs and headquarter rentals are the topic for debate.

The email exchange started with a letter from Trumbull DTC Chair Nancy DiNardo asking Testani, chair of the Police Commission, to enforce lawn sign rules.

"Over the years, you have called me complaining that there were Democratic lawn signs up either the wrong size, on the wrong properties, or up too early or up too long. But now there are numerous Republican signs for Linda McMahon up, including on the first selectman's lawn," she said.

"Murphy supporters as well as candidates for other offices have asked to put up signs and I have discouraged it based on our town ordinance.  But they are asking me why we are following the rules if the Republicans refuse.  The First Selectman especially should be setting a better example than to have 3 signs on his lawn."

Testani replied:

"Certainly your concerns will be addressed and signs will be removed and placed back up at the appropriate time. I was especially impressed that you made a connection between sign removal and the change in the Town charter and the voting districts. As you are well aware, both the charter and the voting districts changed last time under a Trumbull government controlled by the Democratic Party. In fact, you should be congratulated for making sure the 22nd State Senatorial district was changed to incorporate more registered Democrats than Republicans and Unaffiliated voters."

He added, "I will take this message from you as an indication that the Trumbull Democratic Party will fully comply to all Town ordinance laws for political signs during this election cycle and I am sure you will understand that I will contact you should there be any deviation from the law."

Finally, in an email Tuesday, Testani renewed his November 2011 complaint against DiNardo that the Trumbull Democratic Headquarters was housed in property owned by DiNardo's family in Trumbull Center, for which she allegedly failed to pay rent.

State election law requires payment of fair market rent for political headquarters. 

TrumbullSr August 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Sorry Nancy but different rules apply to the Republicans and as Police Commissioner, Jack can do whatever he wants.
gail jarvis August 30, 2012 at 03:09 PM
LAWN SIGNS?@!%$# This Is The Issue!!!! Our Cities and Towns---Our State---Our Country are on the Brink of FINANCIAL/SOCIAL Disaster. This ELECTION is a National BIG-TIME Game Changer and you're worried about political lawn signs on private property? Puhleeze! Hey Politicians and Bureaucrats take a Smart Pill!
JR August 30, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Does this mean I don't have to obey the alarm ordinance?
Thomas Tesoro August 30, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Trumbull Republicans never failed to complain about alleged lawn sign violations but when asked to follow the law themselves, well you see the reaction. Both sides should follow the law. The appropriate response from both parties should have been to remove the signs. Simple and easy. The Republicans can't have it both ways, that is, expecting others to follow the law while they themselves violate it. Follow the law and we can then move on to more substantive issues.
louis August 30, 2012 at 03:22 PM
The local ordinance is probably an infringement of Federal law, as contractor signage are allowed but not government officials...but someone with standing would need to bring the case to the supreme court
louis August 30, 2012 at 03:46 PM
"congress [which means nobody, no government constructed in the name of the people] shall make no law respecting an establishment [creation of religion by the government] of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise therof [or preventing the people from practicing a religion, or not]; or abridging [limiting] the freedom of speech [such as political speech, through ones voice or sign or poster or writing for instance], or of the press [the media]; or of the people peaceably [in contrast to violently] to assemble [to meet, to get together, ecetera], and to petition [tell the] Government for a redress of grievances.....' article one, Bill of Rights of the Supreme law of the Government "No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house, without the consent [approval, thus the sanctity of private property from from government intrusion] of the owner...." article three, Bill of Rights of the Supreme Law of the United States..........."The right of the people [us, those who are not government] to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects [you and your property, even if it is intangible].....shall not be violated" article four of the Supreme law of the land....
Alvie August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM
@louis, what the heck are you talking about? What's the purpose? You are consrantly having a dialogue with yourself.
Sean M August 31, 2012 at 01:54 AM
This whole matter is a complete waste of time. Regulating when political signs go up is unconstitutional. The regulation is unenforceable period. If it is enforced, and the person sues, Trumbull will lose. The right thing to do is eliminate the regulation immediately.
Don Sherman August 31, 2012 at 02:26 AM
He's defending your rights. Think about it.
Palin Smith August 31, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Look at the videos of the Woodbury Zoning Commission. A two year battle begun by the Democrat Town Committee is nearing conclusion. Political signs are protected by the Constitution. There is no legal restriction on political signs.
Don Sherman August 31, 2012 at 03:07 AM
You think it's insane here? Visit the Woodbury scene: http://woodbury-middlebury.patch.com/articles/zoning-commission-august-14-2012-public-hearing-zoning-regulation-revisions-aquifer-protection-sign-regulations
Steven Castro August 31, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Does a sign on my neighbors lawn mean anything to me other than it's more visual pollution? Ordinance or not, the right thing should be to let your neighbor know that these signs are offensive to our neighborhood's landscape. Election after election we all know who whose a Republican and whose a Democrate. The independants probably don't do sign's.
Charley Pitcher August 31, 2012 at 06:21 PM
War, terrorism, sickness, loss of loved ones, people going hungry right here in Trumbull, people losing their homes to banks, people trying to find a job, people getting laid off, retirement funds shrinking to the point of needing to get a job after retiring…....LAWN SIGNS? REALY?
Alvie September 01, 2012 at 12:43 AM
"Defending my rights?" You know, I am not rich, I do have an education, I live above the median, I have a decent sized house, live in a town with a good school system and near many things. I think I am pretty lucky and all these people worried about losing their freedoms or "rights," have no idea how good they have it! I am so sick of hearing conservatives spreading fear and paranoia about losing their individual rights. We have several town councilman who voted against accepting federal money for extension of the the Peqonock Valley rail-trail. All based in rigid ideology and not being able to see the benefits to the greater good. I am so sick of politicians using their position to make ideological statements. This is why Congress can't get anything done! If my one vote can't make a difference nationally, I know I would make a difference locally. I would never vote for this Louis character or Chad Chiocci! You would not be able to see the greater good because you are too focused on making philisophical statements!
louis September 01, 2012 at 12:46 AM
When I am elected....I will bring legislation to outlaw the routine disregard of the federal constitution, and I may even move into the republican caucus office, so the people will know what a real republican for the people looks like
Voice of Reason September 03, 2012 at 09:52 PM
@ Alvie. "I think I am pretty lucky and all these people worried about losing their freedoms or "rights," have no idea how good they have it!" Maybe we still have the Rights we do, maybe we are as "lucky" as we are due to the fact that some people out there still give a damn about those Rights and take the time to do what they can to preserve them so imbeciles can go on line and call them fear mongering conservatives. Bravo my good man, you are at the top of your class!

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