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Letter: 'DeSanctis Runs Away from the Issues'

Resident Philip Dwyer endorses Kim Fawcett for the 133rd District.

Dear Editor:

Like many Republicans running for office in Connecticut, Chris DeSanctis is running away from his Tea Party endorsement and his Tea Party focused stand on the issues. It is a time-tested trick. When you are on the wrong side of issues, you cherry pick certain facts, like selected attendance figures, and argue process. Connecticut voters are smarter than that. Let’s talk about issues.

Kim Fawcett is a Democrat, who is committed to serving all residents. Chris DeSanctis is a Republican, cross endorsed by the Tea Party and beholden to Grover Norquest’s “no compromise and take no prisoners” form of governing.

Kim Fawcett believes in a woman’s right to choose and to make medical decisions in consultation with her doctor. Chris DeSanctis is associated with the Family Institute and is against a women’s right to choose in all circumstances.

Kim Fawcett helped write Connecticut’s 2012 Education Reform Bill designed to strengthen public education. Chris DeSanctis’ website says he is an elementary school principal rather than more accurately defining himself as Headmaster of the private, Stamford-based, Grace Christian School. His website shows his top priority is to decimate public funding for education and divert money to private schools. 

Kim Fawcett has balanced meeting the needs of her constituents with the ability of citizens to afford state and local property taxes. Chris DeSanctis has signed Grover Norquest’s pledge to never work across party lines or compromise on the issue of taxes. Even Republican Senator John McKinney has refused to sign such a pledge, recognizing that elected officials must find workable solutions to difficult problems through reasonable debate and compromise. 

Kim Fawcett holds government officials accountable, but recognizes that government does perform a valuable service and helps citizens through time tested social networks. Chris DeSanctis, according to his web site, wants ALL government services to have two year sunset provisions.     

For the above, and many more reasons, I support re-electing Representative Kim Fawcett to serve all citizens in the 133rd District.

Philip Dwyer

Diane S. October 04, 2012 at 02:57 PM
"Kim Fawcett has balanced meeting the needs of her constituents with the ability of citizens to afford state and local property taxes. " Now that's funny!!!
Josh Albin October 04, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Impressive Diane. Mr. Dwyer put together a letter outlining actual reasons he believes one candidate is stronger than another and your best response is sarcasm? If you want to help your candidate of choice you would be better off actually offering a reason to support them.
Diane S. October 04, 2012 at 06:52 PM
YAWN......Thanks Joshyboy If you want to help your candidate of choice you would be better off actually offering a reason to support them. Hows that?
Bob MacGuffie October 04, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Chris DeSanctis is a principled man - he subscribes to the founding principles of our Republic, to traditional American family values, and to community service. Chris believes that every man and woman should be free to pursue their dreams without undue govt interference. Naturally he supports a woman's right to make her medical decisions with her doctor - to say otherwise is preposterous. He believes in the right to life of the unborn, and that is a respectable position, not one to be disparaged with red-herring arguments about "womens' health." Abortion is not in the purview of any state rep. Because Chris believes in more school choice and teacher accountability, you issue an alarmist, misdirected comment about "decimating public school funding" - pathetic. Chris recognizes CT state govt has grown out of control and is drowning us in debt and obligations. Chris vows not to bury us in any more taxes (CT is the highest taxed state in U.S.) but will address the spending side to save us from inevitable bankruptcy. We appreciate a leader pledging to save us from fiscal suicide. Govt performs valuable services as proscribed in our Constitutions, but govt programs become immortal. Two year sunset provisions will re-up the effective ones and retire the ineffective. If Mr. Dwyer's misinformed and misdirected disparagement of Chris is the best he can offer in support of Kim Fawcett, then the choice is obvious - vote for and elect Chris DeSanctis in the 133rd.
John R. October 05, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Interesting. Kim Fawcett votes against gay marriage... is, in other words, anti-gay marriage. Is a member of a socially conservative evangelical church in Fairfield; Blackrock Congregational Church. And yet Dwyer conveniently forgets to mention any of this. DeSanctis is the only common sense canidate talking about the critical issues of our day like Connecticut's highest tax rates in the nation and massive state debt, while Kim Fawcett talks about street lights and plastic bags in grocery stores.
Stanley Simpleton October 05, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I’d love to know where Philip Dywer gets his information from on choice or the decimation of public school funding. Is there a source? A quote? A speech given? An op-ed that refers to the issues he raises? Obviously not. It looks like Kim Fawcett is getting desperate to divert attention away from her poor attendance record, which is based on facts and not opinion or hyperbole. Kim has a dismal 38.5% attendance rate for all committee meetings, subcommittee meetings, and public hearings in 2012 . Those are facts, and facts are what this campaign should be centered on.
James H October 05, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Why does the liberal machine continue to fall back on the old argument of a woman's right to choose when they compare dems to reps? Wasn't this settled in 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v Wade?
Josh Albin October 05, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I think the answer is because the GOP at a national level still makes an issue of abortion and "women being able to not get pregnant when raped by willpower." (Akin's quote was something similar to that I believe).
James H October 05, 2012 at 07:35 PM
At the end of the day it's a non issue in this state as CT is one of 7 states that have enacted laws to maintain the legality of abortion if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.
Jason Silver October 06, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Going with Chris. He came to my door personally to introduce himself and discuss his positions.
Chuck E. Arla October 08, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Re her woeful attendence in Hartford for the actual work of the House (not just showing up fpr the final votes where she is a virtual lock to follow Party orders): Perhaps having three school age childern, a spouse who frequently travels for business and the accompanyinmg problems of arranging childcare {all statements she has made} presents a situation where Rep. Fawcett simply cannot consistently fulfill her obligations to her elected position.
Rick Fawcett October 08, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Chuck: Is your thought that her opponent, who is a headmaster of a private school, will be able to spend the 60-hours or greater each week during session? How will he do his day job and be in Hartford? Kim is able to do it because she treats the legislature as her full time job. Or, when session runs into 1:00AM or 2:00AM in the morning, will this opponent be able to balance his home life (with school aged kids, like Kim), his full-time work and his legislative responsibilities more effectively? Unless her opponent is able to devote all of his time to the legislature, like Kim, AND doesn't have school aged kids, I am reasonably sure that Kim's dedication to this will pretty much crush anyone else's. As it has for the last six years. Also, Kim created a Web page to speak to the accusations (which I believe are false) her opponent's team have thrown at Kim around her work ethic. You can find it at http://www.kimfawcett.com/KimsRecord/KimsRecord.php
Chuck E. Arla October 08, 2012 at 06:21 PM
That is Mr. DeSanctis's schedule to juggle. We'll see if he can do it. We know that Ms. Fawcett has not.
Joe October 08, 2012 at 06:47 PM
John - How often do you go to BRCC to formulate such an opinion? I go every week. The church is about as a-political as you can get. There is absolutely no politicization of social issues there at all. The church is made up of people of all political leanings. Ask DeSanctis where he stands on gay marriage and other social issues. You'll find he is far more socially conservative. So if that's what concerns you, why on earth would you support him?
Diane S. October 09, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Do the Fawcetts think we are that stupid? Do you realize this letter is written by a man who has kids scrambling all over town to go to school? Who has parents with kids in separate middel schools trying to make school fuctions on the same nights and he is telling us who is the best to vote for??? Does the Fawcett machine really think people are that stupid??? O and Stanley I will tell you where he gets his information from. Rick Fawcett writes all these letters and sends them out to people so they can put their name on them and send them to the press.
Fairfield Resident October 09, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I have a couple of questions: Why is Rick Fawcett is the one that responds to posts on this blog? Why don't we hear from the candidate herself?
Fairfield Resident October 09, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Oops....one too many "is". My Bad.
Eliphaz October 09, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Fairfield Resident 9:16 am on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 The problem, Elizabeth, is that there is no "God". Thats your problem right there Fairfield resident.
Eliphaz October 09, 2012 at 02:53 PM
On top of the fact you can't even spell Elisabeth name correctly.
Eliphaz October 09, 2012 at 02:54 PM
My bad?? Fairfield Resident 9:16 am on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 The problem, Elizabeth, is that there is no "God".
Rick Fawcett October 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Well, I can write a few answers to these accusations and challenges: - I write on the blogs because it drives me crazy how things are misrepresented and attacking of my wife. My wife does not reply on it because she feels, probably correctly, that these forums quickly degrade into name calling, false statements and lots of tangents. Case in point: When Fairfield Resident decided to say that Kim would be a poor representative because of a horrible car accident she was in that almost killed my 10-year old daughter (at the time)... Not a good forum for discussion. - I have never written a single letter to the editor, for myself or anyone else. I do intend to write one soon, though. Can't wait to see the comments on that one! :)
Diane S. October 09, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I reported the car accident to the editor and had it removed that was disgusting to be posted and a tradgedy for your family Im sure. But Rick the record is the record and those are facts
Rick Fawcett October 09, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Diane: Thank you for doing that. Kim definitely stands by her record quite confidently. The car accident happened. That is certainly a fact, too. No argument on that, either. I am just answering the question why she doesn't spend her time on these forums to get her message out. They quickly move into all sorts of places, appropriate and not so appropriate, which causes her to focus her time in other formats - talking to constituents, talking to other legislators, attending the gazillion of meetings in town and in Hartford, building a Web site that is as thorough as possible (compare hers to her competitors), updating blogs and Facebook with relevant information, etc. That's why I think the whole "she doesn't work hard" or, even your contention, that she's out having cocktails, is offensive to me. She actually represents you quite actively and I don't believe her opponent can keep up while also managing a full-time job and raising kids.

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