August 1, 2012
I would like to appeal to all registered Republican voters in the 107th District (Brookfield/Bethel). While it may seem obvious that the upcoming election will properly return Representative David Scribner to his seat in Hartford, a small opposition group in Brookfield is drumming up voters (however few) attempting to put a rookie in office by default -- since no other party is offering a candidate. This would prove disastrous. Know that your party’s primary will not reflect what would be the general election choice of the majority of Independent and Democratic voters -- who widely support our esteemed leader. It is essential, therefore, that you exercise your civic duty now more than ever. Please vote in the August 14th primary – it will likely decide an important election!
For all who have heard the local ‘battle cry’ that “Hartford is broken”. Let’s be clear – it’s Washington that is broken – not Hartford. This error validates the naïveté of a small band of locals, including the opposing candidate – none of whom truly understand what ‘Hartford’ is all about. Worse, their candidate would receive no support as a freshman; and a great deal of political capital, earned over years by Representative Scribner across parties in all three branches of State government, would be squandered – at local taxpayers’ expense.
David Scribner has served as well as any State Representative I have known. He has also had a perfect voting record for years. His opponent has had difficulty merely showing up for local Board of Education meetings. The drive to Hartford, alone, is longer -- never mind the marathon sessions that often occur -- especially during budget sessions.
During the five years I served as an appointed State executive branch official, I had the opportunity to learn how things work in Hartford – and had the privilege of working closely with Representative Scribner, who demonstrated wisdom, integrity, competence and experience. He took on causes his constituents cared about – including some that were not politically popular. For example, he skillfully moved legislation to implement an effective graduated licensing process, and spearheaded the ‘social host’ law to address underage drinking. These efforts required political savvy, commitment and persistence – as I observed first-hand. The fortunate result is that precious young lives have been saved and will continue to do so into the future. As I learned as Deputy Commissioner of DMHAS, making things happen is not something accomplished by inexperienced and naïve politicians; and working effectively across branches of government requires skill and well-established relationships – that take time to foster, and are built on earned respect. David Scribner has certainly succeeded, and deserves your support to continue to provide both tangible and intangible results – not powerless promises. Please do not sit at home on August 14th and assume the outcome will be as it should – our communities need you to mark it on your calendar, and get to the polls.
Peter B. Rockholz
4 Aramon Circle
Brookfield, CT 06804