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Maroney: 'There's No Monopoly on Good Ideas'

More from the Milford Patch's conversation with Democratic Candidate for the 119th District State Representative seat, James Maroney.


What are your issues with budget and government spending? Where do you fall on those issues?

There's no monopoly on good ideas. The Republicans don't have the good ideas, the Democrats don't have all of the good ideas. You have to be willing to listen to everyone. As far as spending, I don't like wasting money. 

I don't believe in wasting money, but there are times when you have to invest. Education is an investment in our future and we have to look at programs--the roads, the bridges, that is investment in our infrastructure. There are places where you need to spend to investment in the future of the state and our communities. 

I believe in looking very carefully at where you spend the money. I don't like to waste money.

But, you wouldn't go in and say, "I will not raise taxes?" You're not making any kind of proclamations: "I'll definitely do this, I'm definitely going to do that"?

I'm pragmatic. I don't know all of the questions right now. I can't know all of the answers because I don't know all of the questions. That's why I like to go out and talk to people and I learn from people everyday. 

I think the most famous, [Former Connecticut Governor] Lowell Weicker. Before they added the income tax he said, "I'm not going to add an income tax. Putting on an income tax during a recession is like pouring gasoline on a fire."

And then what's the first thing when he went in. "Oh, I didn't realize how bad it was. We have to add an income tax."

Until I know all of the facts and all of the questions, I couldn't make a broad declaration. 

So far in your campaign, what kind of issues have you heard from Milford people and people in Orange, as far as 'This is what they want to see done?'

I've heard a lot of great questions and issues. A lot of Seniors are worried about taxes and being able to stay in their home. There are people who are worried about Medicare and their healthcare. 

There are a lot of people who are really struggling still. One house I went to, I talked to the man and he said, "I'm not going to be here in November." 

I'm an optimist, so I assumed he was going to warmer weather, somewhere down South. I said, "Oh, where are you going to be?" He said, "I don't know. My house is being foreclosed on." 

That is happening to our neighbors. Some of our community members are still struggling. But there are also a lot of people who have great ideas. 

Concerned Parent September 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
There seems to be an overabundance of ideas these, but I see no one to express those idea to me and those in my area. Ideas are a wonderful thing, but they are told best by the person who actually possesses them. As I've said about Pam Stanesky, if James Maroney wants my vote, he better start showing his face. Richard Roy had no problem with it and see no reason why those vying for his seat should either.
john mofitt September 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
If I recall Ed, the last time a James Maroney article appeared, Mr. Maroney offered his cell phone number and made himself available at your convenience. How come you didn't take him up on his offer?
Concerned Parent September 18, 2012 at 06:19 PM
@John, It's not me who needs to engage him, but the opposite. I've said it before, if Richard Roy was able to reach out to the people of his district, there is no reason why those running for his seat should not as well. It's really quite simple.
Tom Williams September 18, 2012 at 06:50 PM
i have known James Maroney since childhood. I stand behind him not only as a fellow Democrat, but as a friend. As a local businessman raising a family here in Milford and active in the Milford Chamber of Commerce, James is fully invested in our community. His intelligence and morals are without peer. I have complete faith that if elected, James would absolutely work for the best interest of his district.
Concerned Parent September 18, 2012 at 07:38 PM
@Tom, it's admirable that you step up and endorse your friend, however, I do not have that history with James. It's up to him to reach out to the voters in the district to introduce himself.
Cara Waterman September 18, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Ed - grow up. Maybe you weren't home when he came to your door? Or perhaps you didn't even take the time to answer when he did. James came to my door about three months ago and we had a great chat. I assume it's only a matter of time before he comes to yours. I'm still undecided as to who I'm voting for, but I have yet to see or hear from his opponent....
Concerned Parent September 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM
@Cara..Curb the attitude, it's insulting and frankly childish. I'm glad he visited you, but I have not seen anyone in my area of Milford. I've voted for the former incumbent for the last 16 years and with each and every election year saw him make his way through my neighborhood.
Cara Waterman September 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Ed - What's insulting is your blatant sense of entitlement. Mr. Maroney is out all over this district and you aren't satisfied. I found his phone number in 30 seconds after a quick google search. Why don't you give him a call?
LAM September 19, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Since you are running for office Mr. Maroney, you may at least learn what the BIG questions are. I'll help. CT is one of the most taxed states in the union. Yet we still face huge deficits which drive jobs out of CT. Obvious question is, why? There you go, now if you want to serve ALL the people and not just entitlement abusers, then develop ideas that address the horrid fiscal state we are in. But as you do that, remember one important fact; since the income tax passed CT has had twenty years of economic stagnation. More taxes will only make it worse. All we get from every Democratic dominated legislature are policies that strangle our economy. Tax hikes, more spending and larger deficits. If you win BE pragmatic don't become one of the herd, go against the Democratic grain. Realize that the system is broke and in big trouble.
Concerned Parent September 19, 2012 at 02:07 AM
@Cara....If my position appears to exude some semblance of entitlement, it should. We are entitled to know who will be representing us in Hartford before we cast our vote. I'll make a point of writing down your suggestion and will place it on top of my toilet seat so I can review it the next time I sit down.
Cara Waterman September 19, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Ed - I completely agree. As United States citizens and voters we should be well versed in the positions of the candidates running for office. Where we disagree, is that some work does need to be done by the voter. How many times did President Bush come to your house to ask for your vote? If you're unable to do simple background research on the candidates running for office, then perhaps you shouldn't be voting.
JE September 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Mr. Maroney further explained to you in a direct response that he is busy knocking on doors and has been for months. Maybe he just hasn't gotten to yours yet. There are still 6 weeks to the election. He said this, and that if you wanted to speak to him righ away ...... and offered his cell # as Mr. Moffit says. Really Ed, it seems you just like to complain. After all, we don't even know who you really are, so it would be impossible for Mr. Maroney to reach out to you specifically himself. Post your real name and address here and I will bet you will have a visit from Mr. Maroney within 24 hours.
Lisa September 19, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I am so happy that Mr Maroney is willing to run for this position, a job where it is impossible to keep all the people happy, and therfore open to constant criticism. This is a a man who is well educated and has demonstrated his caring and positive attitude for our community in multiple ways. His work for the Chamber of Commerce and the rotary club has demonstrated that to me over the years. He opens doors for higher education and has as stated a open mind. We are very Lucky to have such an honorable young man willing to do such a thankless job. Go James!!!
Concerned Parent September 19, 2012 at 04:56 PM
@JE...I'm unsure why people are getting so defensive. really. I don't expect any candidate to kiss my butt and have voted DEM in the elections for our district since I've moved to Milford. I do not know Mr. Maroney and have not seen any direct response. I understand we still have time until election day and really do want to hear and see either candidate. Perhaps my expectations are a bit high, I admit, but for YEARS, I've seen the faces of those running for this district seat. I don't think its over the top to expect anything less today. As far as giving Mr. Maroney a call, I feel very uncomfortable doing that...sorry if that bothers some people. In the end, I simply do not want to wait until November 6 to see him or Ms Staneski standing outside of Foran asking for my support as I walk in to vote.
JE September 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
@Ed, I'd say it's your accusatory tone that's setting people off. "he'd better start showing his face."? "Richard Roy had no problem with it and see no reason why those vying for his seat should either."? You should have, could have stopped with a simple "I'm looking forward to meeting the candidates to discuss these ideas."
Concerned Parent September 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM
@JE, I'm not here to compete with anyone but to simply voice my view. Although my tone may not appeal to some, it is not over the top. I don't believe I need to say anything further about this.
JE September 19, 2012 at 05:17 PM
And here is a link to the original story where you can re-read your original comment, Mr. Maroney's response, and a comment you made later in the day (so it's odd you did not see Mr. Maroney's response to you.) http://milford.patch.com/articles/get-to-know-119th-state-rep-nominee-james-maroney My point here, let's be fair. As I said, there are 6 weeks left in the campaign and lots of time for the candidates to finish making their rounds.
Concerned Parent September 19, 2012 at 05:22 PM
@JE...Thank you. I followed the link and read his response and it was very gracious.
RONALD M GOLDWYN September 21, 2012 at 05:16 PM
If service to Milford is the standard then Mr. Maroney is far behind his opponent. Pam has served this City on both elective and appointive boards. She has the support of one Republican, and the two democrats in my household. I just don't know what the feelings are of the one non-affiliated voter here.
Hansa Junchun September 24, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Ideas are meaningless. They are used to dupe and distract the overworked, underpaid, struggling taxpayer, or the poor folks who lost their jobs or houses. Politics is POWER. And we have as incumbents great idealists like Rosa DeLauro who sold America to the big insurance companies! She gave our health over to corporate profit-takers, leaving us to the mercy of her death panels! And she's PROUD of her vote! This is why incumbents are so bad: they live on another planet called Washington DC. Down with Incumbents! Out with the facilitators of America's destruction! And down with Rosa DeLauro most of all! Rosa's been in office 22 years. She has the WRONG kind of experience. In her case, Experience is a mark of a destroyer, a corporate lap dog, a servant of elite special interests of Washington and Wall Street. Let's see Rosa debate Wayne Winsley, face-to-face. She is proud of her record. Let's see her promote why she deserves another 2 years... She can't do it. All Rosa will have are IDEAS, and a bunch of nice words. "Gee, that will help get back the house the bank stole from me, Rosa. You know, the same bank YOU BAILED OUT with my own money, just so they could turn around and rob me?!" These are real problems, and we're stuck with real problem-makers in power. Get rid of incumbents, and elect NEW candidates with a REAL fear of losing their jobs if they don't do what's right!
Michael Brown September 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Pam Staneski voted (twice) to cut the Board of Education budget request which led to the elimination of 80 teaching positions in Milford.
Michael Brown September 24, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Here's a link to the debate on Channel 12. http://bit.ly/SiAEdu

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