Paulmeno says Tesei should have done more to stop ‘smear campaign’

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Campaigning in Greenwich has become sordid.

It’s hard to imagine that a woman who works for women’s rights, sexual and reproductive rights, human rights, animal rights, the rights/needs of our minority/immigrant populations and social justice and who supports the missions of the Greenwich Domestic Violence/Abuse program and Stamford Sexual Assault/Crisis Education Center and who has served Greenwich as an employee and volunteer for over 30 years is being so viciously maligned based on unsupported/refuted allegations and anonymous vile comments as I have been.

Shame on those from both parties who are feeding into this atrocity.

It was too much to expect that I would get an honorable, issues-driven campaign twice in a row. Steve Walko, my former opponent, is a gentleman, a good family man and a decent ethical person. We debated different political points of view. I reflected recently on why this vile smear campaign was created only this year. My true “Child Safety Zone” comments and the tragic issues in my family have been discussed since day one; they’re on RTM tapes.

The difference was encapsulated as being a different opponent. I would never have dragged out the skeletons in Mr. Tesei’s closet. I am far too much of a decent person to do so. I would never have encouraged or allowed others to do so on my behalf. One’s family affairs should not be political fodder. Both parties must put a stop to this vile practice.

I am so disappointed in Peter as he knows exactly what I said, having been at each RTM meeting where I spoke. He should have reined in his party members and the child safety zone posse that so badly still wants to impose that flawed proposed legislation on our town. He could have taken the high road and demonstrated the strength of character that Mr. Walko displayed.

Perhaps Mr. Walko should be their next selectman candidate, having already demonstrated ethics and true leadership by choosing the high road and doing the right and decent thing.

Remember, “All it takes for evil to prevail is for one (person) to do nothing.”


Stephanie R. Paulmeno
Old Greenwich

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