The (Republican) Case against Robin Green

Recently a member of the Andover RTC posted on our Facebook page, attacking Tiffany Thiele, the Democratic candidate for the 55th Assembly District. It’s good to hear that Tiffany’s campaign has Republicans running scared. And given the voting record that Republican incumbent Robin Green has assembled, they should be scared.

The post attacking Tiffany focused on an add she’s running on social media that calls Green out for her vote against legislation banning bump stocks. That bill passed overwhelmingly (114 to 35 in the House, 26 to 10 in the Senate) and was signed by the governor. Robin voted against it and, apparently, against the sentiments of the majority of her party (even Donald Trump is against bump stocks). Polls suggest that as much as 81 percent of voters favor a ban on these devices.

But Robin’s vote in favor of bump stocks is really just the first in a long list of votes that place her well outside the mainstream of even her own party.

  • A majority of Republicans voted for the 2017 community health care worker bill (SB 126). Not Robin.
  • A majority of Republicans voted for a 2017 bill prohibiting hospitals and pharmacies from engaging in certain deceptive and unfair practices (SB 445). Not Robin.
  • A majority of Republicans voted for a 2017 bill to study ways of enacting the recommendations of the Diabetes Advisory Council (HB 6237). Not Robin.
  • A majority of Republicans voted for a 2017 bill directing the Dept. of Public Heath to update its website with information allowing citizens to determine whether someone is a certified lactation specialist (HB 6487). Not Robin.
  • A majority of Republicans (Senate and House combined) voted for the 2017 universal pre-k bill (SB 954). Not Robin.
  • A majority of Republicans voted for a 2017 bill establishing a working group to study public-private partnerships as a way to bring new businesses to the state (HB 6749). Not Robin.
  • A majority of Republicans voted for a 2017 bill making it easier for contractors to get paid upon completion of work (HB 7073). Not Robin.
  • A majority of Republicans voted for the 2017 pay equity bill (HB 5591). Not Robin.
  • A majority of Republicans voted for the 2018 Climate Change Planning and Resiliency bill (SB 7). Not Robin.
  • A majority of Republicans voted for the 2018 omnibus energy bill that, among other things, supports clean and renewable energy programs (SB 9). Not Robin.
  • A majority of Republicans voted for the 2018 bill capping (at 36%) the interest payday lenders can charge borrowers, among other consumer protections (HB 5490). Not Robin.
  • A majority of Republicans voted for the 2018 bill protecting seniors from predatory reverse mortgage practices (SB 150). Not Robin.
  • A majority of Republicans voted for the 2018 bill mandating essential health benefits for women and children (HB 5210). Not Robin.

These and other instances where Robin Green voted not just in the minority but in the minority of legislators from her own party show that she represents the extreme far right of the Republican Party and not the majority of voters in her district. Given her votes, can she even claim to represent the interests of most Republicans in the district?

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55th District Candidate Tiffany Thiele with State Senator Steve Cassano

We choose to stand behind Tiffany Thiele because her values are Connecticut values and 55th District values. Tiffany supports common-sense gun laws and laws protecting the health benefits of women and children. She supports consumer protections, pay equity, and other steps to even the playing field between powerful corporations and the rest of us. And she will fight to ensure that our towns receive the state aid we deserve (Robin Green voted for budgets that reduced state aid to our towns).

Robin Green has had two years of experience as an elected official. She’s proven that’s two years too many.

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Primary Endorsements

At our meeting on July 26, we voted to endorse Ned Lamont, Susan Bysiewicz, and Chris Mattei in their campaigns for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general respectively. All three face primary challenges on August 14.

Ned Lamont, Governor

Bolton First Selectman Sandra Pierog said Ned would bring “a new perspective to CT government. As a businessman, he knows the challenges that face our citizens and businesses.”

Several DTC members expressed concern that Ned’s opponent in the Democratic primary had served time in federal prison on corruption charges. The choice was clear, they said.

To learn about Ned and his positions, head over to his campaign website.

Susan Bysiewicz, Lieutenant Governor

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Susan Bysiewicz, Bolton First Selectman Sandra Pierog, and Ned Lamont at a recent event in Manchester

DTC Vice Chair Adam Teller described Susan’s strong work ethic and commitment to reaching out to people across the state. “In my experience,” Teller said, “when she asks people for their opinion, she actually listens to what they say. Susan tries to bring people together, and we need that skill more than ever right now.”

DTC chair emeritus John Toomey noted that Susan had built personal relationships with many in Bolton, and he stressed her past experience in state government, both as a state representative and as secretary of state. “She transformed Connecticut’s voting system as secretary of state, making it more modern and verifiable. Thanks to Susan, we have a a system that’s automated but can’t be hacked, even by the Russians.”

Toomey also noted, “Susan has the necessary experience to lead the state if anything were to happen to the governor, an unfortunate occurrence that has happened three times just in my lifetime.”

For more on Susan, see her campaign website.

Chris Mattei, Attorney General

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Chris Mattei and DTC member Mary Terhune at a candidate event in Bolton last November

Attorney general candidate Chris Mattei was praised for his past experience as a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s office. For First Selectman Pierog, his position as a newcomer to state politics “uniquely qualifies Chris to serve since he doesn’t have existing allegiances or debts to other political insiders.”

DTC member Gwen Marrion praised Chris’s intelligence, and DTC chair Christopher Davey noted that Chris had twice visited Bolton and made strong positive impressions on members at each visit.

For more on Chris, see his campaign website.

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All three of the endorsed candidates are focused on making Connecticut better for all of our neighbors, and we believe they have the qualities and experience needed to move the state forward without leaving small towns like Bolton behind. We endorse them and hope our fellow Democrats will join us on August 14 in voting for each of them.

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Registration Event on July 31

Would you like to vote in the August 14 primary election? To do so,  you’ll need to be a registered Democrat or Republican.

As reported today in a special edition of the Bolton Bulletin, Bolton’s registrars of voters will be holding a special registration event on July 31, from 2 to 4 pm at the Notch Road Municipal Center. If you can’t make it Tuesday, you can also register to vote at any time online through the Secretary of State’s office.

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Budget Vote Today

Polls are open today until 8 pm at Bolton Town Hall. Please stop by to vote on the town budget.

The proposed budget can be reviewed here (PDF).

At the April BDTC meeting, members voted to endorse the budget as proposed by the Board of Finance prior to the May 1 public hearing on the budget. We believe this is a fair, fiscally responsible budget; it takes steps to address some of Bolton’s long-term needs, maintains a health contingency fund, and should result in zero tax increase to Bolton tax payers.

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Leadership Elections and Caucus Results

At our regular business meeting last Thursday, the Bolton Democratic Town Committee voted to retain Christopher Davey as chair, Adam Teller as vice chair, and Mary Terhune as secretary. Former treasurer Sandra Pierog returns to that role after a six-month hiatus (she had stepped down while running for office last fall). Congratulations to all!

Also last Thursday, at a caucus of Bolton Democrats, the following individuals were endorsed as delegates to the upcoming state and local political conventions:

2nd Congressional District Convention

  • Christopher Davey
  • Adam Teller
  • Mary Terhune

State Convention

  • Christopher Davey
  • Sandra Pierog
  • John Toomey

State Senate District 4 Convention

  • Christopher Davey
  • Sandra Pierog
  • John Toomey

State Assembly District 55 Convention

  • Christopher Davey
  • Anne Decker
  • John Toomey

Judge of Probate District 13 Convention

  • Emily Bradley
  • Adam Teller
  • Mary Terhune
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Republicans Appoint Miller to BOS

About an hour ago we learned that Kim Miller has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the Board of Selectmen seat.

We express our appreciation to Republicans Bob Morra, Mike Eremita, and Kay Petersen  for that action, which we feel to be in the best Bolton traditions of cooperation and common sense for the good of our small community. The appointment of Ms. Miller means that the two candidates who went before the voters in the last election and received equal voter support will join the board as equals and colleagues.

By joining in appointing her, the remaining Republicans on the Board of Selectmen have extended their hands, and we intend to work with them for the best interests of the Town, without regard to party affiliation.


In response to the board’s initial inability to agree on an appointment, some members of the community have been circulating petitions for a special election to fill the vacancy.  We believe that the overwhelming sentiment expressed by the community has been that the post be filled either by Ms. Miller based on her equal vote total, or by a new election.  Since the former has now occurred, we believe that the latter is now unnecessary and would be counterproductive in allowing the BOS to move on with the important business of the Town. Therefore, we call on the circulators of those petitions to withdraw them at this time.

 

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Reminder: Caucus in One Week

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The caucus will be preceded at 7:30 by the monthly BDTC meeting.

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