Horton got it wrong about Walko and Camillo

To the Editor

Steve Walko may be a “small fish” in Hartford according to Greenwich Time columnist Bob Horton, but the fish is smart and has teeth.

Horton should remember that Steve demonstrated as BET chair an ability to communicate and compromise with Democrats. The BET is collegial and Walko was instrumental in keeping it that way. Horton is myopic in his assessment that Republican legislators’ votes “… rarely matter and Republican Party or individual member initiatives are safely ignored …”

The Republican minority is smart and articulate. Not to listen and vet ideas coming from Republicans would be foolish and Democrats are not fools. Yet Horton asserts, “In Hartford, [Walko] is a freshman and a Republican … the least influential of a powerless lot.”

What a sad proposition. Walko holds enormous power. The power to speak his mind. The power, coupled with courage, to articulate a point of view. The power to persuade people holding differing views with reason and logic. Walko and his minority colleagues are powerful indeed and those in the majority (including me as a Democrat) best never forget it.

And Mr. Horton’s assertion that “Fred Camillo … has introduced 13 bills for 2013; six [that] involve domestic pets and one [that] covers calves and pigs. I bet that is a group the Democrats will gladly leave to the GOP” demeans everyone he mentions. Indeed, this is one of the saddest propositions I have ever read.

Fred Camillo is above all else a gentleman and a gentle man. That he is a voice for those without voices is not to be mocked. It should be applauded. Camillo has stepped up to the plate exposing and dealing with horrific acts of violence visited on animals, be they abused pets or factory farmed animals.

Camillo has stood with the administration regarding jobs and introduced bills that expand recycling, promote commerce, protect volunteer first responders, and so much more. Fred is not only a gentleman, but principled and fearless when it comes to voting his convictions.

Walko couldn’t have a better mentor or role model than Camillo for working with the majority without abandoning principle in order to get things done.


Joseph Kaliko

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