In less than one month, Trumbull voters will elect a new First Selectman. I wish to speak directly to the consequences of electing the Democratic nominee, Vicki Tesoro. Let me start by saying that I respect Mrs. Tesoro’s years of community service to Trumbull. Trumbull voters need to understand that elections have consequences. If Mrs. Tesoro is elected on November 7 hold onto your wallets Trumbull.
During the course of this campaign, Mrs. Tesoro has found her value system in polls and focus groups, hoping the people of Trumbull have poor memories as she tries to ride out the clock and continue to duck debates with Republican Paul Lavoie and Independent Michael Redgate. Mrs. Tesoro talks a good game, but her rhetoric doesn’t match her record. Mrs. Tesoro has said that she will hold the line on spending and taxes. As a PTA President, Mrs. Tesoro advocated for budgets that increased taxes 54% in the eight years preceding my term. She talks about reigning in spending as she hopes voters forget how she championed a $73 million high school renovation — without a referendum. She talks about more citizen participation in our government yet opposed Charter Revisions passed by the voters that now give residents more direct say over the Town budget and Town bonding. She claims she will reign in town legal fees at the same time she actively encouraged her supporters to sue the Town - -resulting in a Superior Court Judge dismissing their political complaint after thousands of taxpayer dollars have been wasted.