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Letter: Fairfielder Speaks Out Against Negativity

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Stephanie Johnson is a Fairfield resident. She sent this letter in support of Robert Bellitto, Jr., a Republican running for first selectman.

Growing up, I was taught that if I had nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I was also taught to stand up for those that are being bullied.

Today I received my third or fourth flyer in the mail that did nothing except point fingers and sling mud at Rob Bellitto, Republican candidate for first selectman. The unfortunate, and somewhat scary, reality is that most people don’t realize that these feeble attempts to win votes are only smoke and mirrors to deviate us from the real issues. Does anyone know the answer to the true question at hand, “Who is Mike Tetreau and what has he done for the greater good of Fairfield?”

Don’t feel bad if you can’t answer that question because, truth be told, if I tripped over him I wouldn’t know him, either. What I do know, however, is that the only reason the troubles with the Metro Center were brought to light by Mr. Tetreau was because his hand was forced — not because, as acting first selectman, it was the right thing to do.

I think it’s admirable that Mr. Bellitto didn’t go along with the pack and chose to vote against moving forward on a project that’s already cost the taxpayers in this town an exorbitant amount of money — without having all the facts. Perhaps if the town government was forthright in the first place, the outcome would have been much different.

Another thing I know is that Mr. Tetreau is campaigning to lead our town, a town in which he has absolutely no fiscal stake. Mr. Bellitto has lived here all his life, is a homeowner and a business owner. There are no laws against renting a home, but isn’t it ironic that he wants control over the very decisions that will affect all of the residents and taxpayers in the town, ultimately not affecting him personally?

It’s clear that a good portion of Mr. Tetreau’s campaign dollars are going towards making Mr. Bellitto look bad when what he really should have been spending those dollars on were walking shoes — walking shoes to bring him around to our neighborhoods, introducing himself and meeting the people he is asking to lead; getting to know them, their concerns and their praises.

Instead he chooses to stand on his soap box and reference the “Fairfield Patch,” picking out points to only raise controversy. Rob Bellitto, on the other hand, has walked the streets and spoken to the residents.

Rob Bellitto is running for first selectman because he’s watched his beloved, once-coveted town fall down a slippery slope because of the greed and political grandstanding that has become typical of those in power. Mr. Bellitto doesn’t need to pad his ego. Mr. Bellitto wants to save his town so that his, and all of our, children can continue to grow and hopefully return one day to raise a family — just as he is doing for his family and as his father had done for him.

I stand before everyone and say I am voting for Robert Bellitto, because, when all is said and done, I know what I’m getting.

Stephanie Johnson, Fairfield

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