Connecticut needs unconventional leader
As a resident of Stamford since 1995, and as a “hyper-active” member of the business community in Connecticut I have closely followed the issues the state faces, the leaders who set our direction, and the candidates who over the years have asked for the right to represent us. This year I have already had the opportunity to meet the major candidates, review their proposed plans, and even ask questions of each. My unconventional choice for the next governor of Connecticut is Oz Griebel.
While Bob Stefanowski may in fact be positioning as the agent of change the state desperately needs, his unwillingness and/or inability to provide any details as to how he will implement his proposed plans is a major red flag. His plans are far too radical to take seriously or to support when the details are undefinable. With Ned Lamont you get what feels like a fresher voice and perspective layered onto the same general direction the Malloy administration has been heading; a direction that has led the state to nowhere over the past eight years. The state has far too many problems and challenges to support someone who will continue to generally take us down the same path. Further, Stefanowski and Lamont will be learning on the job that they are not the only decision maker; that being governor is by no means the same as being CEO.
For me Oz Griebel has a healthy mix of business and government experience, centrist views, specific ideas and plans he can articulate today, and a realistic outlook on the challenges before him. As someone who has worked in both the private and the public sector, he possesses an understanding of how to run government effectively and will have a limited learning curve once he arrives in office. He also offers a healthy mix of what some my find attractive in the other candidates without as many issues or concerns. He’s put his plans in detail on the table and they seem reasonable, doable and directionally sound.
Oz is not a conventional pick given his not being the choice of any of the major political parties. With that said, Connecticut needs an unconventional choice to help right our ship.
Stamford resident David Lewis is CEO of OperationsInc, a human resources consulting firm in Norwalk, president of The CEO Roundtable, and board emeriti of the CT Business and Industry Association.