We are now in uncharted territory in our local public, political debate. In a recent Greenwich Time article, local Democrat Bob Brady responded to the SEEC dismissal of his complaint against Ryan Fazio and the State GOP. Here is part of his quote:
“I look upon it as a learning experience. As I learned in gunnery school, you take your ranging shots, you adjust your fire and you fire for effect. We haven’t gotten there yet. We’re still taking our ranging shots.”
We live in an age where gun violence has sadly become a daily occurrence in our lives. How can Mr Brady think this kind of metaphor is appropriate? This isn’t just one, errant word, it is a paragraph full of them, literally targeting local Republicans.
Upon further examination, aside from its total lack of appropriateness, Mr Brady’s comments detail the depraved game-plan of some local Democrats. A clear conclusion can be drawn that the recent spate of SEEC complaints by local Democrats against Republicans are merely “ranging shots”. They are throwing garbage against a wall to see what sticks. In the process, local volunteers who worked on these campaigns have had to hire and pay for lawyers in order to defend their reputations. That is the real cost of Mr Brady and local Democrats’ “ranging shots”.
Where are our local Democrats to speak out against these comments by Mr. Brady? They have stuck their heads in the sand and remained silent, just as they did when the New Haven mayor called Greenwich a racist community.
This kind of rhetoric has no place in our local discourse, and I sincerely hope we see a renewed sense of commitment from our Democratic colleagues toward a more collegial and substantive debate.
Lolly Prince, Former Greenwich First Selectwoman