Democrats should reject ‘destructive’ behaviors at caucus

To the Editor:

On Wednesday Jan. 10, all Stratford Democrats are invited to attend the 2018 Democratic Caucus at 7 p.m. at Stratford High School to select the Stratford Democratic Town Committee to lead the Democratic Party for the next two years.  This election will be a turning point in the DTC future.  

I am asking for your support to select the team presented by myself and the DTC Executive Board: Harold Watson, Ken Bishop, Steve Raguskus, and Immacula Cann. Our slate of 83 people is committed to calming the rhetoric and divisiveness that we have endured, focus on issues and good policy, and work together.  Furthermore, we need to respect the party and be willing to listen to others, embrace diversity, and welcome new people, especially progressives.  More importantly, we are committed to elect Democratic candidates and promote the values of the Democratic party with pride.

We anticipate an “alternate” DTC slate will be presented by people who supported the Republican candidates in the last election and who are trying to overlook the overwhelming primary loss of their candidate.  Many will remember that they supported former DTC chairman / mayoral Democratic candidate Lenny Petruccelli, who recently switched to become a Republican, and former councilwoman Beth Daponte, who publicly endorsed the Republican slate and insulted the South End. These people want to disrupt the current leadership, sow distrust to “prove” their narrative of disarray and incivility within the Democratic Party.

January 10 is when we will reject these behaviors as destructive to the Democratic Party, and take a higher, more purposeful role to fight an impending Trump agenda through our municipal, state and local governments.  It has already begun with the threats to our school educators, reductions in health care, and a new tax code that drastically hurts the taxpayer.  We need your help to bring together as many like-minded Stratford Democrats to attend and vote for our slate.

Stephanie Philips

Stratford Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman

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  • Jessica Hunt

    She’s right you know. If the other slate wins, there will be no true democratic party in Stratford. The alternative slate is only there to continue the status quo.

    • Jessica Dopey

      Is this the same Jessica Hunt who has a foul mouth and was banned from other sites?

      • Jessica Hunt

        Sorry honey I’ve never been banned for my mouth. Good try at being anonymous though ud83dude02

      • Goldcoaster

        No you’re thinking of Mike

  • Hypocracy at it’s Finest

    Stephanie is a true hypocrit. Can she explain why she supported Republican Candidate Mark Dumas, who quit costing taxpayer money on a special election? Or can she explain her support for Republican Mitzy Antezzo? Or how about her campaign finances, where it shows 80% of her money coming from outside our town. Never mind the “names” of those questionable characters.

    • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

      i never supported any republican voted for you and have been a chair of a ;large city committee and worked on every presidential and other demcorat campaign I can remember. i have never in my life been treated with such disrespect and disdain as you have treated me and others in this party we love. You have been nothing but self serving and have done nothing in your 37 years for this town.You suddenly got involved when you thought you could become mayor and that is a travesty to democrats everywhere who have contiouslyy been involved with and fought for democratic principles and values. Shame on you for your pompous attitude. You drive Lexuses and go on luxury vacations and don’t pay taxes and yet claim to be a real person down and dirty with all of us the leader of the party so many of us love. Your divisive nature and lack of acceptance of all democrats will continue to be your downfall and you will never be elected with your attitude. You and you alone have fractured this party and caused so many of us democrats harm wit the election of this Republican group.

      • Alta Vista

        Someday when I retire, perhaps I’ll get around to reading all these non-grammatical sentences. nn”You drive Lexuses and go on luxury vacations and don’t pay taxes and yet claim to be a real person down and dirty with all of us…”nnThis sounds like plain envy. A maybe a little bit racist. nnWhy can’t a successful Black business woman drive a nice car and go on vacation? Oprah does. Do you hate Oprah, too?

        • Goldcoaster

          I wouldn’t bother

        • Danny Cook

          Maybe, her being a rich woman, she cannot understand the problems of us on low income and the serious problems that our town have. We did not know that you are a English teacher who we do not want and need. Go elsewhere with your insults.

        • Danny Cook

          More insults, lies and harassment coming from a know Bully, Thug and a Liar. He refused to publish his real name in fear of be run out of town which would be a great thing.

      • Danny Cook

        I agree with most of your statement. We should vote for the best person regarding of their party. Best of luck to you and your party. Philips must be voted out for the good of your party and the residents of our great town.

        • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

          I could not agree more. Removal of Phillips will restore confidence. Several democrats have changed to non affiliated because of her and the Democratic Party is losing steam in ct . Big deal she job knobbed with Murphy. Really got the party far . People are sick of the antics here. This is a republican leaning town . If democrats want to become leaders they need to walk the talk . Driving leased lexuses living in a beautiful house while your partners town salary and benefits pay for everything and going on posh vacations collecting thousands from special interests. That willnNever win a democrat a seat here . The goal is for her to try to get to be mayor Thames state rep. Look at how she treated democrats in her own party. No one wants this kind of person in charge

          • Danny Cook

            The Democrats always win all public offices in the Third District where I live except the mayor office.

    • Jessica Hunt

      Are you referring to an email by Neil who pretended to be someone else? Hahahaha. Stephanie’s financial filings checked out fine. Laura hoydick is another story ask her why she took a donation from a devolper that wanted to develop Shakespeare.

      • Danny Cook

        Let the mayor make a statement explaining this donation in this newspaper.

      • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

        The power of money and connections is awesomenn the principles of ethics vs legality are different . Just because you can show someone what you did isnLegal doesn’t meAn its ethical nnWhat she has done to this party from a negative standpoint is in comprehensible . Even her collection of all of her special interest monies and bragging about it while others are struggling to make ends meet nnShe’s the product of suburban Long Island with an Ivy League education and a Lexus. A beautiful home and a posh life.

    • Kenny

      REPUBLICAN HYPOCRACYnnLou DeCilio as the Republican Town Committee Chairman is great. They have a strong team, well organized and effective fundraisers. They win elections and dominate the town. If you are a target, Lou will give it his all to get the win.nThis last election, Mitzi was trouble she wasn’t nominated she primaried and sheu2019s gone, Manus was trouble they campaigned against her and won. The Republicans were very successful. I really liked the Cann race they made Dempsey a Democrat and he primaried Cann and lost, then at the last minute they put up Dempsey again as the Republican nominee and he loses but this was a great attempt to knock off Cann . Dempsey was a prior 3 term councilman and when he term limited out they put up his brother who won the seat on name recognition alone. But for now Cann survives. Lou is the Alpha he is lean, has the shaved head and he is ready to battle he runs the Republican agenda and he helps draw up the district borders to his partyu2019s benefit. Thatu2019s the game and thatu2019s his job and he excels at it. Lou calls out the other side and files SEEC complaints and plays the game but his team does have issues too. One of them being Tom Malloy and his voter status and questionable Chairmanship of the Stratford Housing Authority.nNow as the Republican Registrar Voters Lou is terrible, the office is bloated and poorly run. This Office was made into 4 full time positions for both Republicans and Democrats ( 2 jobs for each party ) by the Town Council in 2014 under the sponsorship of Republican Jim Connor ( Connor is now the Republican Town Council Chairman for 2018 ). I basically see this as DeCilio being rewarded with a fulltime job for his work as The Republican Town Committee Chairman and I donu2019t want my tax dollars being used for that purpose. If Republican Jim Connor wants to do that then charge dues to the Republican Town Committee members and pay DecIlio from your own coffers.nIf this is not the case then I wish The Honorable Town Council Chairman James Connor can explain to me why it was necessary to increase the cost of the Registrar of Voters office in 2014.

      • Bill

        Don’t expect an answer from any of these elected bobble heads. Their all tied in to the same plan. ‘Put up and shut up’. ‘We got you elected, now you can stand aside’. ‘We’ll tell you how to vote’ nKenny, I don’t think you’ll get help with the ethics commission either. At least two on that committee want nothing to do with your law breaking titles.

    • Danny Cook

      Many of us are happy that she is not our mayor.

  • #Malloymustgo

    Stephanie, can you explain your support for our Dan Malloy and how you support his cuts to Stratford and your budget cutting our BOE by $21 million dollars?

    • Danny Cook

      I wish that she would and after that for her to go away.

    • Jessica Hunt

      Can you explain why our boe hasn’t shown actuals in 2 years? Why for 6 years our schools have been in decline? Even with 24% overall increase in their budget? Let’s ask the right questions.

  • Kenny

    This is where Phillips is wrong, she needs to open the party up to all Democrats not just ones who live in Stratford. The Stratford Republicans had Tom Malloy serving as the Chairman of the Stratford Housing Authority while he lived and was registered to vote in Woodbury, Ct. He paid his property taxes there too. This was only from Oct 2016 until June 2017, that’s when Republican Registrar of Voters Lou DeCilio put Malloy back on the Stratford Voter roll at his sister’s house. Everything was OK because Republican Town/Housing Attorney John Florek investigated it and he said everything was ok and Town Attorney Chris Hodgson concurred with Florek’s findings.nThat’s our government at work boys and girls.

    • Jessica Hunt

      You are a smart man.

      • Kenny

        Jessica Stratford is a $220 million a year business, the Mayor is paid $10,000 a month. A Mayor’s term is 4 years so with salary and benefits ( medical, car, pension, etc ) that’s over 1/2 a million dollars to oversee 4 budget cycles and bonding that is almost $1 BILLION dollars to play with. But bloggers here are upset the Town Attorneys farm out a Tina Manus lawsuit that can cost at least $10,000 or maybe $50,000 but you never see the cost break down for that.nHow about the Registrar of Voters office. A friend sent me this :nnTown of Stratford has the most expensive Registrar of Voters Office (ROV) on a “per capita basis” of any municipality in CT.nnStratford’s Town Clerk’s office does many critical elections functions: they process, review, manage and inventory all election related legal filings, including state mandated financial reports and campaign registrations, they manage 100% of the absentee ballot (AB) process: who is registered as a solicitor, who was assigned an AB, processing the registrations, mailing out the actual ballots, processing the returned ballots, and during much of the year they are the go to office in town hall for voter registration and modifications to registrations. By comparison, the four F/T folks in the ROV office merely inherit lists generated by the State of CT and for three weeks run-up to each election, manage the operation of automated machines.

        • Danny Cook

          There is Stratford Housing Authority which manage five sites for seniors and handicap and one site for families. I am a senior and a tenant. The authority does not have a Executive Director at the present time, since Mr. Nelson had retired. There is Stratford Housing Authority commission with five members, one retired because of residence issues. They are appointed by the council members. There is an open which I am interest in.

          • Kenny

            I hope you get it and do a good job at it. I was surprised when I read in the Housing minutes that the Authority made some donation to the Mayor’s golf outing. Was that to play or sponsor a hole? Is that proper use of Housing funds?n I also saw in 2015 they created a position of Construction Coordinator but then they moved the person in that position ( and they filled the vacant Construction Coordinator spot, that I can see ) to Maintenance Director in 2017 when the previous Maintenance Director retired and got what appears to be some sweet heart health insurance that was no cost to Housing but who pays the cost then ? The Town? Nothing is free.nAnyway Dan if do get involved I suggest you read the minutes of the meeting which are posted on the Town Web site.

          • Danny Cook

            I am outrages when I read that SHA donating HUD money to this outing. I will look into it. Thanks.

          • Kenny

            Got get him Danny I see lots of trouble in Lou DeCilio’s RTC

          • Danny Cook

            Many great interesting comments. Thanks.

      • Danny Cook

        Yes with compassion.

    • Bill

      These people you have presented public facts against, and yes they are facts, are scumbags. I’ve been sent several emails and I believe so has Alta Vista that show pure guilt in their actions. nKenny, keep up the good investigative work. nShamefully only two councilman, Cann and O’Brien, have spoken to you as a response. nCann will stir up some facts then fail to finish the job. O’Brien is too nice of a guy. He will be good for the business side of the town.

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