Winsted Independent Party candidates attack the Winchester Democrat Machine:
Read Register Citizen - Winsted candidates note progress, but nod to partisanship still prompts rancor
From the article:
Jerry comes out swinging:
Independent Party candidate Jerry Martinez, who is running for selectman, said Winsted “had made significant strides,” especially in comparison to where the town was in 2013, which he credited to “failed Democrat financial policy.” He credited past Republican mayors — Lisa Smith, Marsha Sterling and Bouchard for raising taxes to rectify the situation.
“It was tough, but something had to be done in order to right this ship,” said Martinez. “I would say a lot of the progress that you’re seeing now is due to these three women and the Republicans who supported them through that, and the taxpayers, who should take most of the credit (for sticking to various steps toward progress).”
John adds his perspective:
Ideas raised by the Independents during the evening included working to retain students from Northwestern Connecticut Community College, making town meetings more open and receptive, and improving the use of technology by town government.
Jerry goes deep into enemy territory:
Martinez struck the most aggressive tone and prompted the most pointed discussion, saying “Democratic machine politics” denied business owner John Dwan’s efforts to sell the former IGA Winsted Super Saver property to Community Health & Wellness of Greater Torrington — a charge which incumbent Selectman Steven Sedlack denied.
Martinez also said that, while he would be willing to listen to other points of view if elected, he believed a “vote of opposition” would be more valuable in response to a question about spurring free-flowing communication and decision making between the parties. Discussion between parties is a tenet of the American political system, he said.
“From an ideological standpoint, I really don’t have too much in common with the Democrats. I think what’s missing in the current Board of Selectmen is a vote of opposition,” said Martinez. “It’s unhealthy to have this type of kumbaya-type arrangement. You need to have disagreement. You need to have people who are willing to stand up at town meetings and voice their concerns — not necessarily complaints, but their concerns.”
Jerry triggers Democrat Sedlack:
“I am more than willing to work with anybody. I might not agree, but I am willing to work with anybody,” said Cooney. “That being said, please do not mistake passionate concern or questioning leadership as negativity.”