Republican Leader 'Amazed' to Hear Stratford Financially Backing Obama

'It amazes me...that anyone would give to the worst president in the history of our country.'

As of the end of July, campaign contributions $100 or more by Stratford residents totaled about $25,000 to President Barack Obama and about $8,000 to Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

The lopsided totals are just that and Stratford Republican Town Committee Chairman Lou DeCilio can't seem to make sense of it.

"It amazes me with the staggering drop in annual household income, with gas prices at historic highs, with unemployment at unmeasurable levels and our childrens future being mortgaged away that anyone would give to the worst president in the history of our country," DeCilio said in an email.

"The simple question of 'are we better off than we were four years ago' can be answered with a resounding NO!! Barron's magazine released their list of the best and worst run states in the nation. Nobody should be surprised, Connecticut is ranked 50th. Our state is also in the worst financial shape of all 50 states according to their findings.

"Decades of one party democrat rule has contributed to this financial mess and the first two years of this president's one party rule has set our country back decades. Government dependency is the new normal and one can only assume the people who contributed to this president somehow benefitted from the bailout money off the backs of our children."

On the other side of the aisle..

Democratic candidate for State Assembly Terry Masters emailed the following response to the town's financial backing of President Obama:

"Whether we are called the 99 percent or the 47 percent, our interests are best served by elected officials who have concrete platforms to deal with concrete problems. The radical shift to the right in the Republican party makes the differences between the Democrat and republican slates so clear.

"We need clean air, a safe food supply, affordable higher education, affordable healthcare, and safety measures to protect our jobs. Whose election threatens these?

"Every program and good law that has been in place since the New Deal is under attack: the 40-hour work week, Social Security, the concept of equal rights, equal pay and an equal playing field.

"On the local and state level, the same radical right is trying to privatize and sell off our public assets and services.

"Less than 10 percent of the Stratford contributions went to Romney. More than 90 percent went to Obama. This tells me that people in Stratford are pretty savvy and can look at the facts and make good decisions." 

RMK October 02, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Gee, Lou, maybe a little dose of reality might help you *understand*. Remember those years between the surplus of 2000 and the financial meltdown of 2008? That period of GOP mismanagement - tax cuts for the wealthiest (unpaid for, of course), two wars (one of choice and aimed at the wrong enemy - also unpaid for), big pharma giveaway (also unpaid for) and de-regulation of banks ALL add up to economic disaster that points directly back to the leadership in the WH during that timeframe. What is interesting here is that the typical Republican mudslinging and sloughing off responsibility isn't flying with voters. Good for them for waking up.
RMK October 02, 2012 at 02:34 PM
By the way, three cheers for the reality-based candidate, Ms. Masters! It's time to take the obstructionists in the Republican party - those who think that healthcare is a privilege for a chosen few and not a right - and replace them with leaders who will represent ALL of us. Ms. Masters is that person for the people of Stratford.
Beetle Bailey October 02, 2012 at 03:29 PM
MY GOD! Do all the Democrats have their heads in the sand? There's an old song which in part says...look around ya boy, it's bound to scare ya boy............we're on the eve of destruction. GO ROMNEY!
Rockannand October 02, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Hey Lou, while we are on the topic of "worsts", how about the performance of the Stratford Republican controlled Town Council and the current Mayor. Last I checked, my property and sewer tax bill combined grew over 20% in 2011. And what great new services did I get for that increase? ZERO. In fact, at the rate this Council and mayor are going, I can expect more taxes and less services until we get some competent civil servants oin those jobs. Furthermore, why can't our state reps in Hartford do anything to push the EPA/DEP to finally act on the Raymark remediation proposals put forth by SaveStratford over the past year? Oh, that's right, those reps are Republicants too. So we have state and local reps from your party who can't control our tax bill or get the Super Fund sites cleaned up and then the "worst" Congress in my lifetime is only focused on defeating the President rather than taking up his jobs bill for taxpayers and our veterans. What surprised me Lou is how anyone would give anything to the republican candidate given those facts and track record.
Laura D October 02, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Standing Ovation, Rock. "It amazes me with the staggering drop in annual household income, with gas prices at historic highs, with unemployment at unmeasurable levels and our childrens future being mortgaged away that anyone would give to the worst president in the history of our country," DeCilio said in an email." If you are that amazed Lou, maybe you should email Jodi Rell and GW bush. They are why both the country and the state are where they are. 8 years of devestation cannot be corrected in anything less. It took Rell and bush many years to throw us under, it is going to take time and fancy footwork to get us out.
Frank Boyle October 02, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Curious how Ct / Stratford Democrats forget who got this state into its ongoing Deficit . It's about the only thing they cant blame GW Bush and Republicans for. Democrats were major contributors why CT State can't pay its Interset on the interest and Principal CT owes on its debt to feds for Welfare benefits. 25 yrs ago Ct had about 16,000 state employees0-now we have 42,000--thx to Democrats in Hartford --hiring their Union featherbedding voters..Democrats drank the Special Interests Kool Aid as tho CT prints money like Obama does. I'm closing my Stratford office in 3 mos--you Democrats deserve to monoplize Stratford. Cranky Franky
Thomas MacKay October 02, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Drink up GOP! Maybe the alcohol you surround yourself with at meetings is why your judgement is clouded and the party is without focus (beer & wine goggles?) What amazes me is that when Republicans are faced with concrete numbers and evidence that they are not in favor-they whine (wine?) about it and stomp their feet, instead of forming rational and educated plans to implement change. President Obama will continue to rally support an donations because he is doing something about the issues we face while all the GOP is doing is trying to defeat the president.
Kevin Schneck October 03, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Another member of the GOP does not understand his constituents, how surprising.
CuriousOrange October 03, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Don't forget the unfunded $500 billion spent on Medicare Advantage, subsidizing private insurance companies to 'compete' with the proven less-costly single-payer government plan. In spite of their faith in the 'free-market,' the GOP said they could not compete without subsidies!
Patricia Pell October 03, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I guess you guys never heard of Mr. Bush or the mess he admits he made.
Rose B October 03, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Republicans are power seekers first, especially in Stratford. I'm not surprised that Mr. Decilio is "amazed". He and his fellow Republicans seem only interested in the prize at all costs, and when people push back on how they obtain that prize, they cry foul and blame the media, bad polls and everyone else not on board with their worldview. Never once is there a semblance of retrospection about what the Republican Party now stands for, and attempt to listen to the people. Time to wake up, Mr. Decilio.
CuriousOrange October 03, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Any party that would give Michele Bachmann a seat on the House 'intelligence committee' is not playing with a full deck. Really!
Mike October 03, 2012 at 05:24 PM
It's Bush's fault.
Jason Bagley (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 05:57 PM
User 'Ron Ing' is not the town's HR director.
yankee October 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
worst president in the history of our country??? Really?? We were all better off under Clinton but then came the republicans. The rich stayed rich and the rest of us got screwed!
Rockannand October 03, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Know what's going on October 03, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Hey Lou : you guys better pay Attention! It's not just Stratford' s s Smart support of Obama, it will be Stratford's smart decision to toss Harkin's and marching in line town Council (minus Phillips & Santi) out. Why? Try a non-working budget. Try funny things with benefits. Try $90 grand for an Economic Development director who does n't come out of her office. Lots of reasons to throw out.Every Republican !ic
Theresa October 05, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Exactly. The worst president in the history of our country? Really? I can think of a few that were worse. Perhaps those Republicans so deeply entrenched in Stratford politics should ask themselves why they are even Republicans. Romney talks big about small businesses, incentives for entrepreneurship, and jobs, jobs, jobs. And yet Stratford, under Republican governance, is hardly a model of success. There are fewer and fewer prosperous businesses in Stratford and more and more empty factories and vacant lots in the South End. The council and mayor have not been the "job creating" Republicans. In fact, since in office, property and sewer taxes have risen. Like Romney's shell game, Republicans of Stratford have played games with the mil rate for 2 years making residents think they were getting an even tax deal until 6 months later being hit with a reassessment that raised their tax rate. Until Stratford Republicans show a real desire to draw businesses into our town and retool their pay-to-play Zoning Board, they should withdraw from making any comment about Democrats in Washington.
Theresa October 05, 2012 at 01:02 AM
ABSOLUTELY!!!! Great candidate. Connecticut will go BLUE this November and so will Stratford.
EddieGin October 05, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Ain't that something, You all CUT my Rants, but leave the nice liberal ones up. Ummmmmmmmmmm


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