Local GOP lost trust
In “A new era in Greenwich politics” (news article, Nov. 11) which summarized the outcome of Tuesday elections in Greenwich, Republican Town Committee Chairman Richard DiPreta is quoted as stating “To hold Scott Frantz responsible for what’s happening in Washington I believe is a terrible mistake.” I’m in disbelief of such belief.
One would expect a chairman of a local party to be pretty well informed and realistic. It’s been obvious for quite a while that what’s happening in Washington has significant impact on the tenor and substance of local actions.
It’s hard to believe Mr. DiPreta has not noticed how the GOP, in its intransigent refusal to deny the legitimacy of many incongruent, misinformed, cruel or even frivolous actions by President Donald Trump, has been losing the approval of Americans. Americans who see “Patriotism” in distinct opposition to “Nationalism,” “National Values” as separate from “Party Ideology,” and human rights as superior to economic entitlements.
In the post 9-11 era, when we are all guided by a mantra “if you see something, say something,” why aren’t elected officials in Washington stand up to brazen disregard of the American Dream’s foundational principles? Disregard for established laws and even the Constitution? When supporting party unanimity became more important than supporting local constituencies and their preferences, local GOP politicians lost our trust.
The voters in Sen. Frantz’s district, by voting for a bi-partisan politics of Alexandra Bergstein, have shown they count on the State of Connecticut to act as a buffer between the increasingly wealthy, and gun-culture supporting GOP and their own values where local jobs, proper infrastructure, health-care and education should not be so easily given up on the altar of unfettered party discipline enforced from above.
Greenwich deserves better, and Scott Frantz was rightfully denied the privilege of serving us in Hartford.