Letter: Fairfield 'Deserves Kim Fawcett Returning to Hartford'

Former RTM member Robert Greenberger writes in to support State Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-133.

To the Editor:

When candidates find no one likes their vision or position on the issues, they decide to tear down their opponent. Happens at every election, at every level of government. The 2012 campaign season in Fairfield is no different thanks to Chris DeSanctis, the Tea Party endorsed candidate opposing Kim Fawcett in the 133rd race. The attack on Kim's subcommittee and public hearing record of attendance conveniently leaves out her attendance on the floor of the House itself. Over the first five completed years of her tenure, Representative Fawcett's attendance stands at 94.5% but stats can be twisted and used as weapon.  

Kim is dedicated to her service as a legislator. To many this is a part time gig but for Kim her constituents benefit from a fulltime, fully engaged representative. She goes beyond what is expected of her in representing her district, and this town that she loves.  She visits thousands of homes to speak with her constituents, returns emails and phone calls personally, and spends her time with anyone who needs her help. 

All legislators prioritize their time, and Kim does so only in the effort to do what she can for us. When we send a representative to Hartford, we expect that person to use her best judgment in the course of her duties. For example, in the first six months of this year, Kim attended 79 community meetings and forums in Town, 51 constituent meetings with concerned citizens, 96 Hartford-based meetings of many kinds all pertaining to her work on her committees, 30 special events honoring our local citizens.

Kim Fawcett makes no apologies for being a Democrat, and as she shares most Democrat Party values, she does vote with her party most of the time. She has stood against the leadership to vote her conscience, having spoken with the people her votes directly affect. Her Republican colleagues, even here in Fairfield, do the same. However, our representatives are given our trust and confidence to do what is best of us, and the state, and sometimes that means going against the party line. Kim does just that, including voting against last year's budget that raised our state sales and income taxes. Her party in Hartford knows that Kim is not one to be taken for granted.

On the other hand, we have to look at Chris DeSanctis and consider what he brings to the table. What does he stand for or against? Let’s start with his being against bipartisan leadership as demonstrated by his moronic agreement to sign the Grover Norquist Pledge. This means he will NEVER work across the aisle and compromise with Democrats to move our state forward. He opposes, for example, a woman's right to choose, to decimate public funding by diverting funds to private schools. 

Fairfield deserves better than that. We deserve Kim Fawcett returning to Hartford.


Robert Greenberger

Paul October 07, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Flatto-supporting Bob Greenberger shouldn’t be talking about working across the aisle and leadership because those are things he’s clearly not familiar with nor is Kim Fawcett. Before he was overwhelmingly was voted off the RTM, dyed-in the-wool Democrat Greenberger (who served as Moderator) never attempted to work with a single Republican and did everything Flatto and his flunkies told him to do…..and look where that led us. So, the path to bigger government and more spending is Greenberger’s ideal sci-fi world. Sounds like more of a nightmare.
Rick Fawcett October 08, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Paul: Attacking the letter writer? Why not keep it to issues? Bob: By your notes on several of these letters supporting Kim, I take it that the Tea Party has fully endorsed her opponent this year, like he did in 2010? You are the Tea Party guy, right? Kim is a reasonably moderate Democrat, which has gotten her in trouble with the more extremes on both sides. If anyone would like to learn more about where she stands, her Web site has a lot of this stuff (and her blog talks very regularly about her positions): http://www.kimfawcett.com
Bob MacGuffie October 08, 2012 at 03:42 PM
The problem with Kim and her Party's approach to government is that eventually you run out of other people's money. That time is profoundly upon us but the "leadership class" refuses to acknowledge reality. The Tea Party emerged on the scene to stop the reckless spending and stop governance against the will of the governed. CT is on the doorstep of bankruptcy and the Democrats speak to us like blind fools. That game is over. We are opposing that thinking in every forum possible in this state, and we will not stop until we prevail and bring sanity, responsibility, and accountability back to governance.
Chuck E. Arla October 08, 2012 at 03:46 PM
"Return" her to Hartford? She's hardly ever there.
Elisabeth Miles October 08, 2012 at 04:20 PM
In discussing prioritization of time, God instructs that a woman's priority is to be her home. It is in His Word (The Holy Bible). The Bible nowhere forbids a woman from working outside the home. However, the Bible does teach what a woman’s priorities are to be. If working outside the home causes a woman to neglect her children and husband, then it is wrong for that woman to work outside the home. Working full time and participating in the many committee's and attending meetings etc... would pose an impossibility to care for a family and home. You see society does not encourage women to be wives and mothers after God's own heart. Society has encouraged women to be just the opposite. Often, women who focus on the stewardship of the home are treated with condescension.....as reflected in TV shows, magazines, secular music, Hollywood films, books etc. Additionally, God calls parents to 'instruct' their children at home, 'Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it' Proverbs 22:6. I will pray that ALL women, including Kim, will be inspired by God's Word. Maybe, some men will, also.
Joe October 08, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Elisabeth: This is the 21st Century. Women are not all June Cleaver homemakers anymore. That does not mean that women who choose to work are somehow neglectful of their families. I don't know what insight you have into the Fawcett household to make such as assumption and what gives you the right to pass such sanctimonious judgement. I'm pretty sure the Bible has something to say against that, too. Kim is active and valued member of her church and is always there with her family, engaging them in the church's ministries and encouraging them to be instructed in the Word on a weekly basis. I know because I see her and her wonderful family there every week. She is a woman after God's own heart, and she serves her family and her district well.
Elisabeth Miles October 08, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Joe it might be the 21st century but the Bible has not changed. Read it, it will show you a womans duties as a wife and mother. No passing sanctimonious judgement. Read the written Word.
Gayle October 09, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Rick, Thank you for the link to Kim's website. I found it very informative. I knew Fairfield County was conservative, but as a native Nutmegger I have to say I'm pretty shocked at some of the posts in this thread. I don't want to get into a religious/political debate as I think it serves to only further entrench people in their personal opinions, but I'm pleased to be young and politically engaged and this thread is a good incentive to remind my friends and family of like minds to get out and vote.
Joe October 09, 2012 at 06:00 AM
You are right, the Bible doesn't change, but the culture of ancient Israel is obviously not the same as today. Women at that time were not allowed to go to school or learn a trade. It was a patriarchal society in which men dominated the lives of women. Thankfully, we don't live that way anymore, and women have the freedom to pursue whatever calling they desire whether it is in a career or in the home. Women who choose careers care every bit as much about their children as women who stay at home, and to suggest that by choosing a career a woman is neglecting her children is ridiculous. No one would ever accuse a man of neglecting his children by having a full time job outside the home - is he not equally responsible for the upbringing of his children? And yes, you are certainly passing judgement on someone who's home life you are not privy to at all, and judging others is something the Bible repeatedly preaches against.
Elisabeth Miles October 09, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Joe, The Bible tells a man, husband, father exactly what his duties are. As It tells a woman,wife, mother also. Changes in our culture is more than likely the cause for the eroding of families in the USA. We judge no one, God will do that. We need only to follow the Word to do right.
John Jameson October 09, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Elizabeth, you are free to live your life strictly according to the bible; you cannot, however, tell others that they must, or should, do the same.Keep religion in houses of worship, and out of politics.
Elisabeth Miles October 09, 2012 at 12:55 PM
John, thank you for letting me do that. I am not telling anyone how to live their lives. I am simply stating that the Bible tells us how to live our daily life. John you a having the same difficulty I have read here previously. This is not about a religion, it is about God. America's foundation is God and the brave men and women that were not afraid to stand up to tyranny. They put their lives and fortunes on the line and everyone of them from G. Washington, John Adams, Hamilton, Jefferson, Franklin were believers in God and founded this great country on that belief. As others have stated here, read the founding fathers documents they wrote founding this country. God is through out all of them, not religion. They worked hard to maintain a seperation of church (religion) and state, not a seperation of God and America.
Frederick Klein October 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Where does that leave atheists, Elisabeth?
Fairfield Resident October 09, 2012 at 01:16 PM
The problem, Elizabeth, is that there is no "God".
Elisabeth Miles October 09, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Frederick, As I have stated previously, I am not telling anyone how to live their lives. I am just stating facts about the founding of this great country. I am sorry if atheists have a difficult time with the way the USA was founded. I will pray for them. Fairfield Resident you will have to take your feelings up with God one day, not me. Have a blessed day gentlemen. I need to start home schooling for my children as God directs. God bless you all and may he watch over you as you go about your daily activities.
Frederick Klein October 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
And I'm sorry that religious people have a problem with the separation of Church and State.
Steven Conroy October 09, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Frederick you are right. Religious people should not try to impose their religious beliefs on our government. But Frederick I am in complete agreement with Elisabeth on this one. God is the foundation of America. That can not be denied. I did do some reading over the weekend myself. God is in every document Elisabeth mentioned and actually God is in hundreds of inscriptions all over Washington DC. The east side of the Washington monument has the words Laus Deo" which is translated as "Praise be to God.". It's about God Frederick not religion
Frederick Klein October 09, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Where is "God" mentioned in the Constitution, the basis of our government? (I don't care if "God" is in letters written by founders.) And again, where does that leave atheists?
Steven Conroy October 09, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Frederick as Elisabeth said " I am sorry if atheists have a difficult time with the way the USA was founded." I agree with her on that also. Frederick you really can't do anything about it. In the Constitution Frederick... "Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven". The year of who Frederick? ya see Frederick they were believers.
Ignatius Reilly October 09, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Our country was founded with a god in mind. That belief in god is diminishing and will continue to do so. Some people will always believe and that's ok. Everyone is entitled to their opinion regarding god or a lack thereof. As long as your belief/non-belief isn't hurting anyone else directly than so be it. It terrifies me when politicians invoke the name of god to justify a particular policy they have. Just because we were founded within a god principle doesn't mean it should dictate our future. I am an atheist and live by this motto: 'Don't be an a**hole.' I wish everyone else did the same.
Frederick Klein October 09, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Steven -- That's the best you can do? A reference to the date? Yes, that is quite convincing.
JimH October 09, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Fredrick, It leaves athiests as the beneficiaries of a civil society set forth by a people believing in a moral code. If you have a problem with that moral code, you have every right to challenge it, and if it has an adverse effect on society abolish it. How does believing in a God have an adverse effect on society? The problem with athiests though is that they have no moral code to challenge. What do they believe in? (mother earth, nature, the environment what?). Isn't this whole green movement a type of religion? God isn't defended by our government as much as the spotted owl. You're right God is not mentioned in the Constitution; however natures God is mentioned throughout the declaration which was the basis of forming a new government. The Constitution was set up to protect our right to be free and freedom was given to us by natures God not by the government we set up in order to protect it.
Steven Conroy October 09, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Iggy, it "terrifies" you when you listen to Franklin Roosvelts address to the nation about the D Day invasion of Europe? It "terrifies" you to listen to General Eisenhower's speak to his troops. It "terrifies" you to read our history then Iggy. Iggy have you noticed that the "motto" you live by can't even be spelled out on this forum. Something just intrinsically wrong with your "motto"
Ignatius Reilly October 09, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Well Steven I didn't mean to offend your delicate sensibilities. As I stated, to each his own. Obviously you don't feel the same. That's fine too. Invoking god, to me, is a terrifying prospect regardless of who is doing the invoking. Why are you so hostile?
Steven Conroy October 09, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Iggy nothing hostile. Just sorry our history "terrifies" you. You certainly did not offend my delicate sensibilities. I was just making a point that you live by a motto that you can't even spell out on a public forum. It's not my sensibilities, it's the rules of the patch that says no profanity. So Igg's you live a motto of profanity. It's America you are allowed.
Joe October 09, 2012 at 08:22 PM
You absolutely judged her. You have insinuated that because she works outside the home that she must, therefore, be neglectful of her children's upbringing. That is precisely a judgement. And if you read the Bible, it will tell you that judging another person is wrong. Try following that part of the Word. There is nothing in the Bible that forbids a woman to work outside of her home. And if she does, that doesn't mean she is neglecting her home. You made that assumption without any real insight into her family life at all.
Frederick Klein October 09, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I'm not even sure why people care so much what the Bible says. You can believe in a God without taking the Bible literally.
Esprit de Corps October 09, 2012 at 10:08 PM
LATE BREAKING NEWS Fairfield Resident, this is astounding news! Please tell us the scientific basis -- you know, double-blind empirically-based research with appropriate controls, the gold standard acceptable to FDA, for example -- how you arrived at this conclusion that there is no God. There must assuredly be a Nobel Prize just for atheism, I would think. This is a challenging question. Many great minds have struggled with this question. “To believe in God is impossible; not to believe in Him is absurd.” Voltaire Don’t be discouraged, have a go at it. If you are wrong, you can claim agnosticism, which is half atheism but with engaging humility and both God existing and not existing hedged.
Diane S. October 11, 2012 at 05:30 PM
That picture of Kim must be photoshopped.....She's never in Hartford to be able to take a picture!
Wally October 14, 2012 at 03:07 PM
The less she is in Hartford the safer the roads (and driveways) are for the rest of us.


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