YOUR VIEW: Term limits: I challenge Bristol mayor assertion

Published on Friday, 28 May 2021 20:53
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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"?

Whit Betts

State Representative, 78th Assembly District (Bristol, Terryville, Plymouth)

Posted in The Bristol Press, Letters on Friday, 28 May 2021 20:53. Updated: Friday, 28 May 2021 20:56.