Palmer endorses Bateson for selectman

Joe Palmer

To the Editor:

Ed Bateson was duly appointed as the replacement on the Board of Selectmen by First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Selectman Chris Tymniak back in December 2016. The process went as it always had gone with plenty of recent precedent to support this. Then a cabal of lawless, power hungry members of the Fairfield Democrat Party colluded with partisan Town officials to violate the Town Charter and force a special election to try to steal a seat on the Board of Selectmen, again, all after this matter was resolved back in December.

But since appointed in December, Bateson has only proven why we need him so badly on the Board of Selectmen and why it is important to cast your vote for him in a Special Election on Tuesday, June 6th. Bateson has given voice to Fairfielder’s who don’t follow or care about politics – they just expect their elected officials to use common sense and to work with a sense of urgency, to address the serious problems we face. We have lacked this kind of leadership on the Board of Selectmen for way too long and are paying for it with mismanagement and cost overruns on school building projects and looming budget shortfalls.

Bateson is one of the most honest, decent, courageous and hardworking people I know—I experienced this firsthand when we lead the Republican RTM Caucus together. Bateson was integral in finding over $5 million in taxpayer savings while our award-winning schools continued to thrive and services remained unchanged. Bateson has shown time and time again that he is concerned only about doing what is in the best interest of the Town, not what’s best for his political party. We are fortunate to have a solid individual like him willing to step up and serve on the Board of Selectmen. So please take the time to vote Ed Bateson on June 6th so we can finally get the Town’s finances back on the right track.

Joe Palmer

Former RTM Majority Leader

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