Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman Heather Dean has decided to start the political season on a negative and misleading note.
Instead of addressing issues currently facing our state, she and her followers would rather mislead voters by distorting the facts and motives behind the voting records of Republican state Reps. Tony Hwang and Brenda Kupchick while praising Democratic state Rep. Kim Fawcett for her support of Gov. Malloy's bonding and budget proposals.
Mrs. Dean characterize Tony Hwang and Brenda Kupchick as "radical, cut-everything" politicians who are "playing a dangerous game that threatens our excellent public schools, property taxes and economic prosperity." These boldly untrue characterizations provide a sad insight to Mrs. Dean's belief that negative campaigning is the way to win in Fairfield.
Tony Hwang and Brenda Kupchick are devoted community servants. They have spent hundreds of hours working to serve our community with the best of intentions.
In Mrs. Dean's world, the fact that someone votes against a budget or bonding means that they must not support anything funded in that budget or bonding proposal. Her rationale is unreasonable and insincere. When Tony Hwang and Brenda Kupchick vote against a budget or bonding, it does not mean they want to shut down government; it simply means that they believe it needs to be reworked to gain their support. When they did vote "no," they have always presented a reasonable alternative.
The Democrats currently have a massive majority in the State House and control the Governor's office. The Democrats drive the agenda. Tony Hwang, Brenda Kupchick and Republican state Sen. John McKinney have been vocal against excessive borrowing and against budgets which refuse to properly prioritize and support debt service.
The Institute for Truth in Accounting identified Connecticut as the state in the worst financial position in the country, with $20.4 billion in outstanding debt. Combine that with $13.3 billion in state-employee-pension obligations, $11.1 billion in teacher pension obligations and $23.8 billion in other long-term obligations, and the big picture is a scary one. Gov. Dannel. P. Malloy has more than doubled bond authorizations, breaking a record this year with $3.1 billion in bonding. The recently passed budget which Tony Hwang and Brenda Kupchick opposed and Kim Fawcett supported contains $3.4 billion in bonding.
As worthy as some state bond projects may be, we need to slow our bonding and we need to address our debt. For next year, the Democrats have delayed $196 million in debt payments in order to "balance" the state budget. Tony Hwang and Brenda Kupchick did not support this while Kim Fawcett did. You decide who made the right choice.
Heather Dean said in her letter, "There's no doubt that Connecticut's economy continues to struggle, forcing our lawmakers to make tough choices." John McKinney, Tony Hwang and Brenda Kupchick have shown they have the courage to make those tough choices and have put forth fiscally responsible alternatives.
I hope the voters do their research and reject these negative scare tactics used by Mrs. Dean.
Fairfield Republican Town Committee