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Letter: Fawcett Responds to RTC Chair's Release

The following is a response from State Rep. Kim Fawcett.

What's Chris DeSanctis hiding from, and why won’t he speak for himself. DeSanctis has been “proudly endorsed” by the Tea Party, whose policies are both radical and misaligned with Fairfield voters.

The proof Mr. Millington is looking for regarding DeSanctis’s education policies is right there on his website -- or at least it was until just recently. It’s interesting that within 48 hours of our questioning DeSanctis’s position on education, edits were made to the DeSanctis website. So again, what’s DeSanctis hiding and why won’t he explain to voters what percentage of the funds that currently go to Fairfield public schools he would divert elsewhere? Voters certainly deserve to know.

It should be interesting and noteworthy for Fairfield voters to take notice of the changes in the before and after versions of the Desanctis policy positions. First he is for diverting money from public to private schools and “increasing school choice” for parents, and then just days after we highlighted his position he changed his mind.

Here’s what the DeSanctis education page says now … http://chrisdesanctis.com/the-issues/education/

Here’s what it said just a few days ago, as recorded by Project Vote Smart … http://votesmart.org/public-statement/732009/issue-position-improving-education#.UHbFUy7A_44

Will DeSanctis vote to cut your education funding? Well, let's go by what he's done so far. During his one year as a Fairfield Representative Town Meeting member, he voted to cut $800,000 from the education budget, forcing cuts to foreign language, music and sports programs. Mr. Millington simply needs to refer to the RTM meeting minutes for May 2011 to remind himself of the DeSanctis stand on education funding and cuts.

And teachers should also beware. In a 2011 op-ed written by Mr. DeSanctis, he highlights his positions on public school teachers. He writes: "Connecticut and schools nationally need to drop teacher tenure in favor of a merit pay system."  http://articles.courant.com/2011-07-23/news/hc-op-desanctis-merit-pay-teachers-0720110723_1_high-performing-teachers-teacher-tenure-bad-teachers

RMLNNTs October 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Mr. DeSanctis do you have a binder full of teachers?
jimmy October 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Another letter written by Rick Fawcett. Not Kim. Do they really think we are that stupid? Yeah, I guess they do...
Fairfield Old Timer October 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I agree John! It is so blatently obvious that Rick Fawcett does all of the dirty work for his wife. They really must think we are stupid, I can't wait until Election Day when Kim Fawcett is booted out of office!
Fairfield Old Timer October 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Good point about Kim's husband there Fairfield Newcomer! Kim,= PWNED!
fairfield newcomer October 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Ms Fawcett, you fault DeSanctis for not speaking for himself yet your husband pens the responses to letters on this site. As to your allegation about his vote on the $800,000.00, he voted against FURTHER increasing the education spending, not a cut, there was still an increase (if my memory is sound, by millions of dollars) but by $800,000.00 less than was being requested by the B.O.E.
Rick Fawcett October 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM
John Rey: Gerry Alessi. Remember, you got caught writing under John Rey's name a few weeks ago? Why not post under your own name? John/Gerry and Old Timer: I do like to post on these boards. While Kim finds the responses to the Republican contingent commenting on all of her, and her supporter's, letters to be a futile effort, I find it somewhat fun... And, unlike the both of you, I don't hide. No anonymous or fictitious names here (me or Kim). Yet, here we are writing in our own names and you both aren't... Now, about the article, no comments defending Chris? Just going to name call on Kim, huh? How very consistent of you. Or, maybe Kim's campaign team put the facts together so well that you agree. The facts are pretty well out there in the open...
Bob MacGuffie October 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Kim Fawcett still hasn't awakened to the reality that we cannot keep increasing Fairfield's budget by $10 million a year. There's no more other-people's-money to keep funding this fiscal crisis. She doesn't even throw a nod of recognition to the fact. We can't afford people that out of touch with reality representing us in Hartford. This woman must be retired.
Rick Fawcett October 19, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Bob: Kim doesn't vote on the Fairfield budget, but the state budget in Hartford. With that written, several years ago, Kim successfully helped increase the educational allocation to Fairfield from the State, reducing the town's burden. Also, there are several articles written about how Kim "revolted" from the Democratic leadership on the last budget cycle. Working with several legislators, she was essential to helping reduce the proposed tax burdens in our region. I suspect they were still too big for your appetite, but she enabled a change that Chris could never have (due to his extreme Tea Party-esque position of not negotiating...). Finally, I work in start-ups, have commuted to NYC a gazillion days and our family has also been hurt in this recession. We are entirely self-made. No inheritance or gifted wealth. We have three kids in Fairfield public schools, have seen our own taxes grow more than we like and are super active in our community. Where is the out of touch part? Plus, shouldn't you also be focused on defending Chris rather than just attacking Kim? After all, aren't you both Tea Party alumni?
Gerry Alessi October 19, 2012 at 01:50 PM
The last thing I need when Im in a meeting is to have my email going off about crap and nonsense! "John Rey: Gerry Alessi. Remember, you got caught writing under John Rey's name a few weeks ago? Why not post under your own name?" Rick when I write something I put my name on it unlike you who has Jay Wolk and everyone else write letters for you and post them all over town. And when I write something it's fact based and the truth unlike your libelous letter attacking my wife submitted under someone elses name. You are a despicable individual. You are a disgrace and your campaign shows it. If you feel the need to spread more lies and innuendo about me or my wife than you will be in touch with my attorney, Robert Altchiler, who you already know and who has already sent you an email! So this is me! Gerry Alessi! this is my post! and this is my name! got it???
OneFairfield October 19, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Hey guys...cool down. Kim has a record, DeSantis has a record. If you care more about more State funding for Fairfield schools and not private schools you vote for Kim. If you want someone who as an insider can buck the Democratic party and not be a yes person to everything her party wants you vote for Kim. If you want the Tea party to run Fairfield with their slash and burn mentality vote for DeSantus. All I know is Kim is there when you need her. She is works full time for our town. She mihght have missed a few unimportant meetings in 6 years but so has every other person in Hartford. She still is at over 95% of them, and when she as at those committee meetings she stays. She doesn't just sign in and leave. Why are you not complaining about Tony Hwang who just shows up for a photo- op and then leaves. Ever check his rrecord? I wish everyone would stop being so nasty and look at someones record of true public service and why they serve. Kim really cares for us....which is for all the people...even the Tea Party. Chris has run I think 3 times and lost each time. That should tell you something. Maybe next time Millington will find a better candidate. Last election Kim won by a huge margin.
Rick Fawcett October 19, 2012 at 02:12 PM
John/Gerry: Happy to see you posting under your own name. I honestly wonder if the outrage is an act or real. Either way, why would your email go off if you haven't posted? Answer: Just like two weeks ago, you posted a comment directly to me under John Rey's name. Today, your email went off when I replied to John Rey's post. I haven't seen anything from your attorney. Diane S posted on other places that you were going to sue me, but nothing... My email is rfawcett@optonline.net . My posts are all public and I stand behind everything I've written. I have never attacked your wife? Having worked with your wife, I think she is a good person with a very charitable heart. For that matter, I do not believe I have ever attacked you... Although, I think you are a little crazy. My posts are up. Feel free to use any of them as a reference to call out lies or inuendo. As for Mr Altchiler, will he be writing to me under his name or the Patch alias I believe he uses, Col Joshua Chamberlain? Finally, just like your post, you are far from fact based. And, you attack people far worse than anyone I've ever seen. No wonder you support Chris DeSanctis and align with Jamie Millington...
Bud Morten October 19, 2012 at 02:26 PM
You can vote for CD because you believe that effective control of our State since 1965 by the Democrats has not served us well, and/or because you believe that KF has not served us well and that CD will do far better. CT's serious fiscal and competitive problems and the serious questions about KF’s performance (e.g., showing up for less than half of her committee meetings and public hearings and focusing on plastic bags and truck traffic instead of our State’s critical issues) have been covered extensively elsewhere. However, KF’s recent attack e-mail and now her response to a retraction demand give the voters great insight into her character and competency to help them decide if this person can represent them well in Hartford. The attack: Tea Party education policies are radical and bad because I say so; CD endorsed two years ago by defunct Fairfield Tea Party; therefore CD is radical and bad, not to mention “ultra-religious.” Latest response: CD added the words, “Secure Fairfield’s education dollars from Hartford,” to the education policy statement on his Web site proving that he would do the opposite and is hiding something; he voted with the RTM majority to reduce the increase in the 2011 education budget from 3.5% to 2.9% proving he would “slash, reduce, wipe out and gut education”; and he favors “a merit pay system.” BTW, favoring a merit pay system puts CD squarely in league with that other Tea Party extremist, President Obama.
Bob MacGuffie October 19, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Hey, Kim raised Fairfield school funding to attack CD. Maybe Kim wants to target DeSanctis’ elementary school again, and his religion, and the parents and children of his school. She is not only irrational, but not deserving of the office she holds. For someone who goes on the state house floor to defend and vote for a bill (Bathroom Bill 2011; PS 11-55) that allows men dressed as women to teach in our elementary schools and use women’s public facilities in malls and locker rooms, I’m not sure how Kim has any standing to be talking about our public schools. But at least she showed up to vote that day........
OneFairfield October 19, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Bud Morton doesn't even live in her district.
Jack Turrance October 20, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I only wish Kim Fawcett would talk about her voting record and make it known why she didn't go to work for us the day the House voting on the dealth penalty repeal. All our other reps did.
Rick Fawcett October 20, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Hmm. A quick look up of the registered voters of Fairfield shows that there isn't a registered voter named Jack Turrance in town... Another alias of someone writing on behalf of Kim's opponent? Why the alias I wonder? Anyways, Kim was in Ecuador on a school-sponsored trip with our 14-year old when this vote took place. She had voted on it twice before. Her position is very much on the record and the vote wasn't close, so her vote wouldn't have had any impact on the outcome. Same answer as always... You can learn more about Kim's positions on her Web site: http://www.kimfawcett.com
steve sheppard October 25, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I want to hear some solid proposals from Kim or Chris. Instead of granting special tax credits for Bridgewater and others that our tax dollars pay for I would bet if CT had no income tax business would flock to CT. There would be no need for special tax credits and the State would collect more revenue. Also I see no mention of pension reform, no mention that CT is one of the worst ranked States for retirement, no mention of regulatory reform, no mention of eliminating the property tax on cars and boats, in a nutshell all I hear is nonsense from candidates while my property taxes have almost tripled in a dozen years.

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