With the astonishing emergence of Nan Birdwhistell (first Democrat and first woman elected to the First Selectman’s office in Woodbridge) there’s been a long string of successful Democratic administrations, with the exception of one shortened Republican term—all of that having followed Republican Russ Stoddard’s reign for a generation.
What confounds me (as an unaffiliated voter in Woodbridge for 45 years who votes Democratic) is why the current challenger for First Select(wo)man does not tell the public that she’s Republican. Only in fine print in media advertising, do the words “Republican Committee” reveal her party.
Ellen Scalettar, incumbent, tells it like it is in bold type, she’s running as a Democrat. Is the Wick political camp’s strategy to pull in the unaffiliated vote because it appears she’s not a Republican? (Evidently, she was once a Democrat, then unaffiliated, and now—what? Weird.) Cathy, tell us who you are, and if you’re running “For a Change”? (can’t you get more creative than that old hat phrase?) — and what change? Tackling the Rainy Day Fund issue and the Toll Brothers Country Club prospect are both negative attacks on Scalettar. Again: negative campaigns get you nowhere except to appear cranky, in spite of the positive talents you apparently have as a person.
Ellen’s long track record both as a legislator and First Selectwoman has been outstanding. She’s smart, interactive with the community, and accessible. She’s also done one hell of a job filling the late Ed Sheehy’s shoes, a term’s worth of work by itself.
In closing, “Balancing a Budget” today, whether it’s Woodbridge, Washington or a household budget, takes some magic. If anyone can pull a rabbit out of a hat, it’s Ellen Scalettar.