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Letter: 'Kim Fawcett's Wasteful Spending'

A Fairfield resident writes in regarding State Rep. Kim Fawcett's congressional attendance record.

Over the last few years the residents of this town have seen their taxes rise and at times complained about wasteful spending. We realize there are always increases in costs such as schools, services and salaries and we accept this. What we don’t accept is our hard earned tax dollars being wasted. This is the case with Rep. Kim Fawcett’s salary.

I would like to give some examples how this is true. In 2011 on the Appropriations Committee Kim missed 23 out of 33 public hearings. In 2012 Kim missed 17 of 21 public hearings. In 2012 on the Energy and Technology Committee Kim missed all 4 public hearings, not attending any of them. In April 2012 when the legislature was in session Kim thought it was more important to go on a 10 day school trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands  thus causing her to miss the extremely important vote on S.B. 280, an act revising the Death Penalty for Capital Felonies. I ask you to look at this law and see all the important provisions that concern the residents of CT.  Her vote was cast as absent.  This is a link to a gov’t website showing the votes she missed while away:    

 http://cga.ct.gov/2012/jnl/H/2012HJL00411-R00-JNL.htm .

There are many issues that face the residents of CT and I’m not saying one party’s thoughts and ideas are always right. There should be compromise and bipartisanship. Kim doesn’t feel this way. In 2011 she voted 98% of the time with her party and in 2012 97% percent of the time.  Kim also wasn’t present and didn’t cast a vote for paid sick leave. Kim voted for the legalization of marijuana, allowing DUI convicts to serve their time at home, a rise in gas taxes, and incredibly Kim voted in favor of H.B. 6650 a law stating that people convicted of violent crimes and those committing sexual assault on a minor can earn early release credits.

Kim has a record of not showing up for work, and when she does show up, she votes in lock-step with her party’s leadership. She has a sworn duty to represent us, to cast votes on the record, attend meetings, and advocate for the people she represents. This is impossible if she is not present to fulfill her duties and if she thinks one party is always right.

I plan on voting for Chris Desanctis this November, he will earn our vote, he will earn his pay, he will show up for work!

Gerry Alessi

effinrayjay September 20, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Thanks for the Kim bash, Gerry. What a surprise at the end of your letter -- you plan to vote for the republican. But where is the evidence of Kim's "wasteful spending?" Seems to have been used as the headline, then left out of the rant that followed. No one is perfect, but anyone who supports the Grover Nordquist "no taxes ever" pledge is not thinking clearly.
jimmy September 20, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Seems to me he is saying the wasteful spending is in her salary.
Gerry Alessi September 20, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Well its either Kim or Chris who are running, therefore there are only 2 options. Whether you believe me or not I'm not a party line voter.. i wouldn't call it bashing I would call it stating the facts as presented. There was no name calling, no personal attacks, just stating the record as it is. Please feel free to check my facts and figures and tell me where I was wrong. Maybe the headline wasn't the best, I'm not a literary scholar, but my message was to convey that it is her salary that is a waste in taxpayer spending. If any of us missed that many days of work I'm sure we would be looking in the help wanted sections. But then again this is only my opinion and just sharing my thoughts
S. Frank September 20, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I voted for Kim the first time she ran, but not anymore. She let me down by not representing those who she is supposed to be representing. One example is that she voted against same sex unions while this was favored by most CT voters. Another is that she voted to end the death penalty, while the majority of us favored keeping it. Regardless of your politics or party affiliation, if your elected officials don't represent you, you are better off trying to find someone that will.
Lucile Darcy September 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM
She is a good representative, agree or disagree, and Chris is also a fine candidate. However much I like Chris, I will be voting to reelect Kim Fawcett. L.L. Darcy
Lucile Darcy September 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
comment indicates that I feel that Fawcett deserves another term
S. Frank September 20, 2012 at 04:36 PM
That's your choice. But you are risking having someone represent you that might not really vote in your best interest. Fawcett has demonstrated that she will not vote based on the desires of those that put her in office.
Rick Fawcett September 21, 2012 at 12:32 AM
As Kim's husband, I know she has talked to a ton of constituents, she posts her cell phone and personal email address everywhere and takes calls and email day and night. Literally. She meets with anyone that asks, returns all calls (unless the person is being abusive or has bad intent) and responds to the vast majority of email she receives. I know because I see it. You may disagree with some of her positions, but she is definitely not absent... If you go to the Contact Us page on her Web site, www.kimfawcett.com, ask her about any issue or about anything she voted on... Or, you can see videos of the many people that she has helped or worked with over the last few years. Gerry, your letters every two years sure are misleading...
jimmy September 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Rick, You gave us a link to Kim's page but when I looked at the website Gerry provided the facts are the facts Kim missed those votes. . And in your response you didn't dispute her voting record or missed meetings. Did you???
Diane S. September 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Rick, John has a point...and i don't see how is letter is misleading? Kim meeting with people and calling them back doesn't count as a vote in Hartford.
OneFairfield September 21, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Another mis-leading letter by the party of NO! Many meetings are going on at the same time...How is Kim supposed to be at all of them at once. Tony Hwang missed just as many meetings if you look at it that way. Gerry why don't you look at his meeting attendance record...and also look at if he stayed throughout the meeting...or did he just sign in and leave? Kim was there when it counted and has represented her district faithfully. She has done a great job. Her opponent from what I understand is a Right -Wing Tea Part member! In fact he is Right of Right!
Diane S. September 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
One Fairfield.....after looking at all the posts you have posted on the patch it is very clear you have a true disdain for tea party and the republicans which is your right , However It would be wiser to look at facts and voting records rather than partisan bickering that has lead us into the mess we are in today. That is the way to judge our politicians not by what button they wear. you bring the point home that only one way and one party can be right. I too find this closed minded and not open to many ideas, thoughts and rational by all people. Have a good weekend
effinrayjay September 21, 2012 at 04:08 PM
To Diane S., it's always worth a laugh when we hear complaints about partisan bickering from repubs -- I smile when I think of your senator McConnell defining the objective: limit this president.to one term. What ever happened to the compromise that, God help us, was such a part of W's administration? Love your criticism of too few ideas, too.
OneFairfield September 21, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Hi Diane: If you look back it was mostly the Republicans that got us into this mess nationally. Locally I think Kim has done a good job. I think Her opponet is way too far to the right. I do vote for middle of the road people such as John Mckinely. I always voted for Chris Shays. But Chris is dangerous in my mind because he is a Tea party Palin Republican
OneFairfield September 21, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Chris DiSantis who is Tea party not Shays.
jimmy September 21, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I just went to the website listed in the letter. When Kim was on that trip on the Galapogos while session was in session her official reason for being absent was ILLNESS. Go read it for yourself!
jimmy September 21, 2012 at 04:20 PM
REPRESENTATIVES ABSENT The following Representatives were absent today or may have missed some votes due to the following: Representative Coutu of the 47th District - out of state - military service Representative Fawcett of the 133rd District - illness Representative Gonzalez of the 3rd District - out of state - legislative business
Bud Morten September 21, 2012 at 06:33 PM
There is a record (link below) of all public hearings for all Assembly committees. In 2012, there were 30 public hearings for the three committees upon which Rep. Fawcett serves, and she attended only five of them. There were no schedule conflicts whatsoever. There was only one day upon which two committees met, March 1st, when the Energy & Technology Committee met at 10 am and the Select Committee on Children met later (no conflict) at 2:30 pm. http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CommDocList.asp?comm_code=APP&doc_type=chr
Bud Morten September 21, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Sorry, Rep. Fawcett attended seven, not five of the 30 public hearings for the committees upon which she served.
Creeky September 21, 2012 at 07:04 PM
When one considers the decisions being made at the state level, and their effects on the financial burden of the town, e.g. arbitration rules on union negotiations, or, the never-ending unfunded mandates on education, which, I think, have now yielded more administration than actual teachers, it is hard to believe that any of these candidates represent us, or, lead us. Rick is right, Kim is quite responsive. Gerry is right, if Kim is voting party lines more than 95% of the time, she neither leads nor represents us. She represents a party. Given where we are today, it doesn't really matter which party. If you represent a party rather than a constituency, you are exactly what has gone wrong with American politics. For me, Chris is too conservative, and, I suspect, quite married to his party. But, at this point, I feel I need to use my vote to give someone else a try.
Bud Morten September 21, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Committee meetings are also a matter of public record. The three committees upon which Rep. Fawcett serves met 19 times in 2012, and she was absent from eight of those meetings. None the eight meetings she missed was due to a schedule conflict with other committee meetings. Combining committee meetings and public hearings, Rep. Fawcett's attendance record is 37% (18/49). There were no schedule conflicts between committee meetings and public hearings. http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CommDocList.asp?comm_code=APP&doc_type=cm
Creeky September 21, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Bud, Thanks for the due diligence. 37% attendance of all meetings and public hearings gives us a more honest picture. Certainly, we should assume there was correspondence between the players as well. I don't buy that one needs to attend 100%, or that there weren't schedule conflicts between meetings and other duties associated with the position. 37% is still a tough number. Based upon my correspondence with Kim, I can't accept that this was a dereliction of duty. What I do assume, hopefully wrongly so, is that the meetings and hearings are pointless. The parties have already clarified their positions and goals to the reps, and if they hope for re-election support, they need to toe the party line. We can associate the scenario to one which many of us are intimately more familiar, the RTM. When was the last time you heard an actual debate there, or compromise? Or how about honestly declaring agendas? It is the same show over and over, with the reps restating the same position over and over, making emotional pleas. It is the same at every level. It's all hooey. Small groups drive the parties with funding, and they get their laws. We are not represented. How can we be?
Fairfield Resident September 21, 2012 at 09:56 PM
The Truth Hurts: http://www.allvoices.com/news/3463127-fawcett-grateful
Sol Briks September 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Thanks for doing the research and posting results.. I was looking for information about the candidates and you provided it.
Creeky September 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Okay, I guess I'm the dim bulb here; the truth hurts whom? How? I'm not lazy. I thought about it before asking. Are you suggesting that Kim was not able to attend meetings due to the convalescence of a loved one? Wouldn't that mean the appropriate move would have been to resign? I'm not trying to give you a hard time. The problem with the written word is no one can hear the inflection in your voice or see your body language. I want to be very soft about this, as the link you provided reminds us of something horrible. It seems to me that the only ones being hurt here are the Fawcetts--being reminded of something that likely rather not think of. If I'm being stupid, and missing the point, please, be kind: enlighten me. If not, let's not belabor this one.
Josh Chamberlain September 22, 2012 at 01:24 AM
There's a pattern here -- don't forget Fawcett's infamous 10-day, all expenses paid trip to Asia during the 2010 budget battles.
Colonel Joshua Chamberlain September 22, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Hey Josh: Don't insult Colonel Joshua Chamberlain with such a lameass, uncreative, unoriginal comment. If you want to participate in this discussion bring a little more, will you? See you on Little Round Top. Josh Colonel Joshua Chamberlain
Rick Fawcett September 22, 2012 at 06:56 PM
The Asia trip was paid for ACYPL, a non-profit. But, I suspect you already knew that... If not, I think she wrote about that back in 2010 on her blog, which can be seen at www.kimfawcett.com.
elisabeth miles September 23, 2012 at 02:29 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.
Chuck E. Arla September 26, 2012 at 01:48 PM
effinrayjay, Compromise? How about the fact that the Democratic controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for THREE YEARS. Legislation passed in the House ends up dying in the Senate which is in stasis. And, my my how shocking that the Senate minority leader might verbalize the obvious that he hoped to see that his party retake the Presidency. Boy, that's like gambling in Rick's Cafe.

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