Leslie and Tom FOLEYDear Readers:
It is without reservation and with a great deal of hope and optimism that I am unabashedly endorsing TOM FOLEY for the GOVERNOR of the State of CONNECTICUT and MARK BOUGHTON for LT. GOVERNOR.
Tom is my choice after a great deal of fact-finding, fact-checking and endless research...a course I have taken for each and every candidate that I have endorsed to date.
As a political 'newbie', I am determined to not fall into the habit of merely endorsing candidates because of party affiliation.
Neither am I a 'one issue voter'. I try to be flexible enough to understand that the world does not 'revolve around' JUST ONE ISSUE. I'm referring to things like gay marriage, immigration and pro-life lobby-lovers, for instance. Many of them see only through the lens of their personal lives, all others be damned.
The sad truth is that part of the reason our country is SO messed up....and Connecticut in particular as the 'Gold Coast/Academic Beacon/High-end Socioeconomic area that it has come to be--is due to the shenanigans of the progressive-lib Dems.
I happen to live in what I call 'Liberalville'. For all the years I've lived in Southwestern CT, I have been the 'quiet one' politically, even as I made waves in the social service/church communities. I have kept a low community profile in the past, though my 'political awakening' calls, now, for the exact opposite.
From what I see, Tom Foley is the one to get Connecticut back on track. Now don't get me wrong, Dan Malloy and his family have been my neighbors for many years--first across the street and then through our abutting backyards.
Our kids grew up together-God bless them all-and I adore all the Malloys to pieces. You can't live in one of Stamford's neighborhoods for 29 years with your kids in the public school system and involved in community activities without getting to know each other.
Granted...I was the 'odd-mother-out', perhaps. Not one for the Yacht Club, I was more interested in being a homeless advocate and being a Soldier in The Salvation Army.
Not one for politics, I basically 'didn't belong' and have gratefully done my work independently, coordinating with (the old) Fairfield Hills (mental institution, for those unaware), Middletown Facilities, Hall-Brooke, DuBois, the shelters, Newtown, all the prisons, Rocky Hill and all the Southwestern CT mental health/dual diagnosis facilities.
I guess you could say I got around. My mentioning all these mental health/prison facilities by name is not in vain. I've noted that Dan Malloy has chosen to BLAME our BURGEONING PRISON POPULATION on the CLOSING of Connecticut's MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES.
I plan to 'help' us remember just what role Dan Malloy, Christel Truglia, the Reverend Richard Schuster (God rest his soul) and cronies had to do with the 'de-centralization' of mental health care in Connecticut.
I plan to remind a few people of how they pimped 'SCATTERED HOUSING' and 'ASSISTED CARE FACILITIES' as abysmal SOCIAL EXPERIMENTS which have seem to have BACKFIRED on ALL OF US!
Do any of you, dear readers, remember the plan DAN MALLOY and others had to 'spread those in need of assisted living for 'dual diagnosis' issues (that means being mentally ill and being drug-dependent) in places ALL OVER Stamford, including SHIPPAN, NORTH STAMFORD, SPRINGDALE and the COVE, among others?
Do any of you, dear readers, remember how the populace BALKED at the plans? Do you remember how all the 'touchy-feely progressive-lib Dems' wanted to make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy over trying to 'integrate' any and all into one koombayah society.
I do. And I can tell you that as much as some neighborhood people weren't too crazy about having 'post-rehab subsidized housing for those with prison records and mental health and drug problems' in THEIR neighborhoods...there was ONE GROUP who hated the idea even more.
Don't let me surprise you too much here, but it was the disenfranchised themselves. 'Clients' stuck up in North Stamford were terrified about having to suddenly use public transportation (buses) to get to their counseling appointments, the soup kitchen and or to the Salvation Army or elsewhere on 'Cheese Day'.
Clients were uncomfortable and felt 'out of place' as they were moved to higher end neighborhoods than they were used to.
I could go on and on with these stories and will later, but all these problems and those we have today stem from a cockamamey plan known as 'THE GENTRIFICATION' of STAMFORD. I do believe I wrote my 'one and only' letter to the Stamford Advocate on that one, for I was so incensed at how the mentally ill and homeless were being portrayed.
You see, Dan Malloy and Co. wished to 'rid' downtown of the prostitutes and drug dealers and so forth and 'clean up the South End'. There used to be a big project there known as 'Southfield Village' (the old one) for those of you readers unfamiliar with these issues.
So, someone came up with the brilliant idea of spreading housing out for the disenfranchised, starting with the closing of Connecticut's big, central mental health facilities. Malloy 'forgets' that he loved this idea! He 'forgets' his part in this 'progressive-lib Dem SOCIAL EXPERIMENTS in the '80's and early '90's.
He wasn't alone, by any means...and 'today' he is very right about people being thrown in prison--where they do not get treatment or rehab. Dan Malloy is just failing to mention that HE is part of the reason this is so. Did he forget?
This is but ONE issue I will be discussing with Gubernatorial Candidate TOM FOLEY. It is my hope and in fact it is my prayer, that Tom is victorious and will help 'my guys' get the help they need and that we need. We live in such a rich and generous area. I know we can do better than to let our mentally ill and substance abusers 'just exist' without help in prison.
Things have progressively deteriorated all over the country under the 'tutelage' of the progressive-lib Dems and it's time for a change.
Let our change here in Connecticut begin here with TOM FOLEY FOR CT GOVERNOR, MARK BOUGHTON FOR CT LT. GOVERNOR and with MARTHA DEAN as Connecticut ATTORNEY GENERAL.
Dan, I love you, man, but I just can't vote for you.
God Bless You and God Bless America,
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"
Mark Boughton for CT Lt. GOVERNOR