July 14, 2011—Fairfield, CT—The Becker for Fairfield Committee today publicly re-issued Republican First Selectman Candidate David Becker’s letter to Robert B. Bellitto, Jr., urging him to provide direct responses to Fairfield voters.
Becker said: “While my opponent may have been even-keeled during the First Selectman Republican Caucus debate earlier this week, his ongoing trepidation and outright reluctance to respond to my hand delivered letter from earlier this week is a concern. In my correspondence, I asked my opponents to commit to two common sense principles, both of which are supported by a plurality of Fairfield and Republican voters.”
- Rally behind the winner of the Fairfield Republican caucus on July 19th for Town and party unity; and
- Agree in principle that the next First Selectman should participate in a 401-a retirement plan and abandon the notion our Town can still afford to bare the risks associated with a defined-benefit plan for the First Selectman.
Becker added: “Given the unwillingness of my opponents to make known their full positions on these issues, I have no choice but to publicly re-release my letter in hopes they will finally share their full views ahead of the Republican Caucus.”
A cornerstone of candidate David Becker’s campaign continues to be his accessibility to all Fairfield constituents; voters and opponents can reach him at anytime via: email (email@example.com), phone (877.D.BECKER), Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn. He is also available at any of his scheduled meet and greets; details can be found at his website, www.davidbecker.com.
The Town of Fairfield Republican caucus is scheduled for Tuesday, July 19th from 12 noon until 8:00 pm. All Registered Republicans are encouraged to participate in the caucus. Republican voters should go to their normal polling locations. For more information on voting locales please visit http://www.fairfieldct.org/voter.htm or call the Registrar’s office at (203) 256-3115.
Below is a copy of the letter that was hand-delivered to Bellitto earlier this week:
David M. Becker
Becker for Fairfield
31 Catherine Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
July 11, 2011
Robert B. Bellitto, Jr.
Bellitto for Fairfield
1495 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06825
I look forward to engaging with you and the other candidate tonight at the Republican First Selectman caucus debate. I am confident we can all agree our Town is at the crossroads of its history and now--more than ever--we need to elect a Republican First Selectman come November 2011. For that reason, and for the good of the local Republican Party, I believe the caucus winner, i.e., the official party-endorsed candidate, should receive the full support of the second and third place candidates. It is my sincere hope that you and the other candidate will commit to this principle at our debate later today.
In addition, and as you may recall, a few weeks back I released a thought piece on "Fairfield's Budget Crisis: How We Got Here, What Is Coming Next" (http://www.davidbecker.com/fairfield-budget-crisis). In this piece I wrote that the next First Selectman should participate in a 401-a retirement plan and abandon the concept that our Town can still afford to bare the risks associated with a defined-pension benefit plan for the First Selectman. Given the ongoing financial challenges facing Fairfield, I pledge to move toward a 401-a plan if I am elected First Selectman and sincerely hope you can join me too in making this promise to voters during our debate.
Later today we will each have the opportunity to share our Town vision directly with voters. I am very proud of our party's transparency in hosting this event for Fairfield voters and believe it will only make us stronger. Thanks for agreeing to be a part of this important process.
David M. Becker
cc: Firefighter Hugh Dolan
About David M. Becker
Fairfield First Selectman candidate David M. Becker (www.davidbecker.com) is a life-long Fairfield resident and one of our town's most visible political leaders. As a Republican member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), he votes as a fiscal conservative dedicated to securing a flourishing future for Fairfield by slowing spending and reducing the residential tax burden.