Politicians should work their way up

To the Editor:

Fairfield Republicans, and unaffiliated voters who register with the party in time for the Aug. 14 primary, together, have a defining opportunity to restore the party’s balance between moderate and its other factions.

With their U.S. Senate candidate choice, GOP voters can send an even more-needed message. The qualifications of our state’s senior offices are such that they cannot and should not be bought by individuals who have far more money than they do experience in statecraft. Only in Connecticut, it seems, have we had, in recent years, a succession of these people, who having extraordinary wealth like Mrs. McMahon, impulsively turn to politics as their new play hobby for their energy.

In elective office politics, as in most professions, there is no substitute for serving your way up through posts of increasing responsibility. Christopher Shays has certainly accomplished that with his years in the state legislature and in Congress, gaining the aisle-crossing forbearance and wisdom needed for public interest in the Senate, and, for that matter, both houses after last year’s ridiculously ideological budget/debt deadlock. It’s not about career politicians in getting Congress moving and people jobs; the task requires politicians with the experience and parliamentary savvy.

With the multi-millions she has personally spent on our Senate races, and in pushing her contributory largesse at town committee events for support and in filling our junk mail bags to the top each week, nobody can really doubt Mrs. McMahon’s determination and desire for public service. However, we shouldn’t be manipulated; her conceit needs another answer from Connecticut voters. If you are serious about politics, work your way up! First, serve on the finance board or other local town office. Then run and serve in the legislature and the U.S. House. Also, do time between elections in appointive office to completely prove your mettle. Then put your name in the U.S. Senate or gubernatorial rings. By that time, you’ll know what it truly takes and it’s not just the ups and downs of running a business and its lucky fortune.

Meanwhile, on Aug. 14, all of us have a chance to come home to our party, with all factions working again in the team tent. We can put forward the most veteran candidate to Washington with Christopher Shays and finally, through the plurality, we can give the Tea Party Line, with its bucks doctrine, a WWE-style smack down and win an important election for our party to balance the Congressional delegation.

David K. Sturges


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