04 Oct Setting the record straight
October 4, 2018
As a moderate, I‘ve been open in my belief in working in a bipartisan good faith. It has been a cornerstone of my philosophy of public service. This was evident in May of 2018, when State Representatives from both sides of aisle spoke, unsolicited, of their experiences working with me in the State House. These comments were public and broadcast on CT-N. I used those clips in a $375 video to answer the Needleman campaign’s recent spate of vitriolic attacks, soon to be disseminated in a $86,000 TV ad buy. This is something my opponent can do because, unlike me, he is unrestricted by the rules of our Citizen’s Elections Program.
While out meeting voters in Colchester, a woman’s comment pulled me up short: why was I running at a time of such partisan divide? My reaction caught me off guard as much as the question. I felt tears suddenly welling up and had to take a moment to compose myself. I wanted to answer with sincerity. I spoke to her of my passion for our community. Of my earnest desire to protect our beautiful vistas and natural resources. My appreciation for the volunteers that make our towns run and how I love our home state.
I can’t ignore how this question touches a recent fault line: in letters to local papers some have expressed upset that I used a personal photo in a campaign mailer that happened to include prominent local Democrats. The photo wasn’t captioned, it was standard campaign material: a picture taken during my tenure as President of Friends of Gillette Castle State Park in 2011 with a newly appointed State official. It’s regrettable to me how some remain committed to fanatical partisan division at a time when we need to work together.
Keep the faith!