By Erik Smith
Governor Malloy and Ben Blake have a great deal in common.
Both appear narcissistic by the way they believe it was them, along with big government, whom got us through difficult times.
Malloy takes credit for turning Connecticut’s economy around after one of the worst recessions we have ever seen.
He does this while glossing over the fact that we got through the recession in spite of him burdening us with the largest tax increase in the state’s history. And still our unemployment rate is higher than the national average.
Similarly, Ben Blake takes personal credit for getting Milford through the difficult times caused by a string of epic storms.
This ‘you didn’t build that, government did’ Democrat mantra is always disconcerting, always diminishing, always insulting; but not as disconcerting or insulting as the Mayor’s claim that He is the one responsible for Milford weathering these epic storms.
Much like Governor Malloy, Blake glosses over the hard work and outright bravery of our first responders; of our own citizens who voluntarily banded together to help their neighbors, strangers and fellow citizens in cleaning up storm after storm.
The Mayor and his machine will undoubtedly double talk that he, as the city’s CEO, placed ‘the right people, in the right jobs.' But Mr. Blake that too shows your own narcissism of ‘me, me, ME.' It appears you put too much stock in yourself as mayor, than you do in the people who elected you.
It is clear Mayor Blake takes a great amount of credit for seeing Milford through these storms. However as we all know, the cleanups were extremely slow, ponderous and full of government and commission red tape.
Ask anyone who sought a permit. Your permit process is harder than cement. Your Board of Approvals is even worse. It’s extremely stagnant and treats taxpaying citizens like criminals.
Your recent attempt to streamline the building process for contractors and homeowners was merely a knee jerk 'September Surprise' reaction. Blake wasted two years and waited right before the election to simply appease voters. He wanted to make sure the move pays off for him politically.
Ben Blake you are consistent in placing politics over people!
What is refreshing about Peter Spalthoff’s approach is his focus on the citizen; on the very people who live and work here at home and how we can work together to better our City for our families and the future generations.
Peter Spalthoff is a Vietnam veteran and former police officer who understands the sacrifices of our first responders and their families. Peter’s decades of experience in such leadership roles as the treasurer of the YMCA, the Economic Development Commission and United Way give him an understanding that it takes the hard work and cooperation of the many to accomplish great things.
This November we need to recover our community. This November we need to put people over policy and personal achievement. This November we need to elect Peter Spalthoff as the Mayor of Milford.
Mr. Blake, Milford deserves better than what you have done!