To the Editor: I was one of the 80 percent of the Bristol voters who supported term limits in 2013. Clearly, this vote reflects very strong bi-partisan support.
It is now 2021 – 8 years later – and suddenly the legitimacy of this vote is now being questioned by our local Democrat officials. I have not heard or read any challenge to the results rendered by Bristol voters since 2013. Why?
The Bristol mayor recently made several comments in the Bristol Press that I want to offer a response to. As a strong advocate for "term limits," I feel compelled to respond to one particularly misleading quote from Mayor Zoppo-Sassu who recently said: "…it is in the hands of Republicans in Hartford" to obtain a Special Act from the state legislature.
If her allegation is true, then why is it that proposals to impose "term limits" have never been raised for a public hearing in the state legislature? As a Republican, I have personally submitted this idea multiple times. The failure by the Democrat Majority Party to even allow a public hearing on term limits is evidence that they do not support term limits.
This same scenario still exists today. Obviously, a Republican request for a Special Act cannot move forward without the approval of Democrat leaders. So again, I ask the mayor to explain how the outcome of her request for a Special Act lies "in the hands of Republicans in Hartford"?
State Representative, 78th Assembly District (Bristol, Terryville, Plymouth)