DeSanctis runs away from the issues

To the Editor:

Like many Republicans running for office in Connecticut, Chris DeSanctis, is running away from his Tea Party endorsement and his Tea Party-focused stand on the issues. It is a time-tested trick. When you are on the wrong side of issues, you cherry pick certain facts, like selected attendance figures, and argue process. Connecticut voters are smarter than that. Let’s talk about issues.

Kim Fawcett is a Democrat, who is committed to serving all residents. Chris DeSanctis is a Republican, cross endorsed by the Tea Party and beholden to Grover Norquist’s “no compromise and take no prisoners” form of governing.

Kim Fawcett believes in a woman’s right to choose and to make medical decisions in consultation with her doctor. Chris DeSanctis is associated with the Family Institute and is against a woman’s right to choose in all circumstances.

Kim Fawcett helped write Connecticut’s 2012 Education Reform Bill, designed to strengthen public education. Chris DeSanctis’s website says he is an elementary school principal rather than more accurately defining himself as headmaster of the private, Stamford-based Grace Christian School. His website shows his top priority is to decimate public funding for education and divert money to private schools.

Kim Fawcett has balanced meeting the needs of her constituents with the ability of citizens to afford state and local property taxes. Chris DeSanctis has signed Grover Norquist’s pledge to never work across party lines or compromise on the issue of taxes. Even Republican Sen. John McKinney has refused to sign such a pledge, recognizing that elected officials must find workable solutions to difficult problems through reasonable debate and compromise.

Kim Fawcett holds government officials accountable, but recognizes that government does perform a valuable service and helps citizens through time-tested social networks. Chris DeSanctis, according to his website, wants all government services to have 2-year sunset provisions.

For the above, and many more reasons, I support re-electing Rep. Kim Fawcett to serve all citizens in the 133rd District.

 

Philip Dwyer

Fairfield

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