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Lifelong Republican Brian Beirne Backs Blake

Lifelong Republican Backs "Best Candidate"

Here's Brian's letter:

Ben Blake is the obvious choice for mayor. I am a lifelong Republican who believes in Milford's long tradition of voting across party lines for the best candidate — and Blake is exactly that.

Over his last eight years on the Board of Alderman, Blake has gained the crucial experience necessary for the job. He has crafted lean budgets while defending our city’s priorities. In fact, it was under his leadership as Aldermanic Chair in 2009 that the Board cut city-side spending and enacted a tax cut. What Republican could not applaud that?

In these challenging economic times, it is important to have a fiscally adept leader at the helm. The city has resorted to long term borrowing to pay for short term expenses (disturbingly, Milford has spent $20 million each of the last two years bonding). This is not monopoly money — we are going to have to pay it back, with interest. Blake has stood as a strong voice in opposition to such irresponsible mortgaging of our city's future.

With all of the excellent potential Republican candidates, I find it strange that the Republican Town Committee nominated Mr. Joy to run. He seems like a good person from a great family but there is no escaping the fact that he has not even completed a single term of public service. And in that short time, he has already voted to increase spending and taxes.

I urge everyone — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — to act in Milford's best interests and elect Blake mayor.

Brian Beirne

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RONALD M GOLDWYN November 04, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Mr Beirne, I believe you may still be listed as a Republican, but now vote as a Democrat due to events in your past. Ben Blake may be your choice for Mayor, but for the past 22 years the people of Milford has selected the Republican candidate. For the past 7 of 8 years Ben has played the role of the loyal opposition, by obstructing all the work of the Republican majority. When Ben suggested a good idea the majority adopted it. When in the one year that he moved into the majority and was chair of the BOA it took the voters of Milford only one term to move him back to the sideline minority. That is not a sign of success. If my memory is correct he won his current seat by default, meaning he came in third. Pesonally I would prefer all the votes of the unregistered, than the few Independents of Rocco Frank. RON GOLDWYN the most experienced candidate for PZB 2nd ED I’d love a 74th birthday present from you on Election day.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents November 04, 2011 at 03:55 AM
Dear Ron and Rich the voters of Milford do not know Mr. Beirne anymore than they know the "Tooth Fairy" or The "Easter Bunny." I find it humorous that there is such a value placed on Name Dropping. What is the point of mentioning people who are only beknowst to "Party Insiders?"
Rich Smith November 04, 2011 at 11:42 AM
Good luck Rocco. You've certainly made some compelling arguments and valuable contributions in this year's election. By the way, you're rather new to Milford so you should not suppose that because you do not know someone, that no one in Milford does. The Beirne family has served the people of Milford for years. Tom Sr. and his son Tom have both served on the BOA with distinction. Tom Sr., as it's Chairman. As I expect they would tell you, while I did not always agree with their position, I always respected them and showed them that respect.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents November 04, 2011 at 01:50 PM
There will be thousands of votes cast blindly as happens every year. I will not mention names, but one case in point is a member of the school board who had no knowledge of who the Super was and missed most of the meetings last year yet that person remains on the ballot again this year and will probably blindly get re-elected. This is because of Branding and sterotypes associated with political parties not name dropping. If that was the case I would be putting my present and past endorsements front and center... they are more about ego than swaying voters one way or another.
Michael Brown November 04, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Rocco - On another thread you indicated that people who are on 'food stamps' will be voting for Obama. Isn't that also a form of "branding and stereotyping" voters?
Rocco Frank Milford Independents November 06, 2011 at 01:20 AM
No just pointing out that they have no intention of "biting the hand that feeds them."
Michael Brown November 06, 2011 at 12:15 PM
No, intentional baiting comment by a typical right-wing zealot.

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