To the editor:
Mr. Faria’s letter to the Bristol Phoenix is further evidence of the thug politics and old boy network agenda pursued by the Bristol Democrat Town Committee (BDTC). To be fair, not all of the Town’s Democrats belong to this elite club, and some who do, do not agree with the elders of the BDTC. But, the BDTC’s mantra, as shown in Mr. Faria’s letter, is “do what I tell you to do or you are out.”
Thinking that favors the BDTC, and not what is in the best interest of Bristol, are what BDTC demands. Witness the reason for not allowing Mr. Sweeney, a Democrat, and a duly elected Town Councilor, into their club. Mr. Sweeney nominated and voted for Ms. Mary Parella, a Republican, to be the Town Council Chairperson.
Let’s examine the facts. In the last election all five of the present Town Councilors were elected. Two, Ms. Parella and Mr. Halsey Herreshoff were incumbents. Both are Republicans. And, both have extensive elected office experience and leadership experience.
The other three councilors, Mr. Sweeney, Mr. Ed Stuart, and Mr. Nathan Calouro had no prior elected office experience. Thus, a reasonable person would conclude that the natural choice for leadership of the Town Council should be someone who knows how the Town Council runs, knows how the Town runs, has had prior leadership and elected office experience; in short, the ideal candidates were Ms. Parella and Mr. Herreshoff.
Mr. Sweeney put party politics aside for the betterment of the Town of Bristol and nominated and voted for Ms. Parella. As all of us know, Ms. Parella has done an exemplary job in leading the Town Council. So, Mr. Sweeney should be commended and not damned for choosing Ms. Parella.
The irony in Mr. Faria’s letter is that he and his BDTC have all but assured Mr. Sweeney’s reelection because by Mr. Faria’s own words he is suggesting that anyone “endorsed” by the BDTC is beholden to the BDTC. In short, their endorsed candidates can and should be viewed as persons seeking office not necessarily with the best interests of Bristol but with the best interests of the BDTC.
Mr. Sweeney is a Democrat, notwithstanding Mr. Faria’s illusory position. And, Mr. Sweeney votes his conscious for the betterment of Bristol. General Douglas MacArthur opined that “a true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” Mr. Sweeney, thank you for your leadership and for considering Bristol first above party politics.
Stephen P. Katz
42 River S.