FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The following letter was written by Jim Brown of Fairfield.
In a very short period of time, [Interim] First Selectman Michael Tetreau has shown he is fully capable of being the top operations manager for the town of Fairfield. Running the operations of the town is one of the key responsibilities the town charter empowers to the first selectman in Fairfield. When the United Illuminating response to the Irene damage proved unacceptable, Tetreau personally dug in for days. He got UI on track and power restored fully around town by week's end. Had Fairfield's paid emergency services apparatus had a true leader in place as the emergency services director, instead of an incompetent political hack we did have at the time, the problem may not have been a problem in the first place with proper planning. And, in the second place, the emergency services director would have been able to fix the problem without the need for the full intervention, and hand holding, by Tetreau. I am unaware of any experience, education or training in candidate Bellitto's skill set that would have prepared him for that valiant effort. I am unaware of any experience, education or training in candidate Bellitto's skill set that would give me confidence that he can fix the many other operational problems that pervade today's town government bloated bureaucracy.
On the other hand, as far as being the top executive for the town, I do not see much difference between Tetreau and Bellitto. In the almost four years since they were both elected in 2007 to serve side by side on the Board of Finance , they seemed to speak and vote in lockstep with each other. They joined together to irresponsibly place Fairfield deep in debt. They sanctioned the debt when the debt was not essential to town operations but essential to their political aspirations. Neither candidate gives me any warm and fuzzy feeling about making them the top executive manager of the town. And do not take that to mean Dolan is my choice. Dolan is an unqualified sore loser who lost the Republican nomination and then went independent.
One choice I am sure of is for the Representative Town Meeting, the Fairfield town legislature. I will be voting straight Republican for the District 1 (RTM) slate. The RTM is the one and only town legislative body. It is the one and only body elected to represent the people of my district, and they stand before us at the polls every two years. I am confident that, within the limited powers granted them under the current town charter, they will work overtime to keep Fairfield's top elected executive, whoever it may be, in line when it comes to borrowing and spending on the taxpayer dime.
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