Letter: Good Leadership Empowers Others

To the Editor,

The mark of a good leader is somebody who is able to empower other people. What made me understand leadership was when I could see somebody who thought they didn’t have a voice, thought they didn’t have influence or didn’t have power, and teach them how they could speak up on the things that were affecting their lives. Barack Obama

If I didn’t know better, I’d swear this former President was describing our State Representative and candidate for First Selectman, Fred Camillo.

Fred has spent the last ten years in Hartford as our State Representative empowering other people, teaching them how to speak up and fight to improve their lives, and whenever necessary, giving them a voice by fighting for them.  He answers questions and concerns from residents and business owners immediately.  He assists them when other agencies will not, and communicates every issue that affects their family’s lives, their businesses, and their community. 

I had the pleasure of serving alongside Fred in the legislature for four years and witnessed firsthand his ability to respectfully reach out to colleagues from opposing parties, or with differing opinions, for the greater good and specifically for the residents of our town.  I know that Fred will preform at an even higher level as First Selectman.  Fred is a statesman, a problem solver, well respected, intelligent, and committed to excellence.  I have never met a person in Hartford who didn’t like and/or respect Fred Camillo.

Be warned. Politics and campaigning in Greenwich have changed drastically from years past.  New emerging political groups that rely on untruths and negative campaigning have taken some of the press by storm.  Letters of misinformation and fabrications rule the day and often one’s record, job performance, and character are purposely overlooked. 

Although I anticipate unfortunate letters and attacks by these groups, most residents of Greenwich already know Fred well and know someone of his character is exactly what we need in the First Selectman’s office. 

For those who do not know Fred, I ask that you rise above deceitful campaign tactics and take the time meet Fred yourself.

Send an e-mail, pick up the phone, talk with him at one of the many events he attends, or invite him to come to one (he will).  I assure you that he will listen, answer your questions with honesty and integrity and you will find him to be a genuine person dedicated to every individual in this town. Fred is exactly the kind of “good leader” we deserve for First Selectmen of the Town of Greenwich. 

Please join me, and the many others, in voting Fred Camillo for First Selectman of the Town of Greenwich on November 5th.

Mike Bocchino
Former State Representative