Paul Improta - Chairman of the Bethel Republican Town Committee recently wrote about Linda McMahon's "unsolicited contributions" to his Committee in a Facebook post comment.
"Unlike Simmons, who I sense views TC wooing as a necessary evil, Linda has done more than paid lipservice. First, she did spend three hours sequestered with us. Secondly, she gave us unsolicited financial support at a time when we could most use it.
Contrast this with Simmons who showed up to our low key holiday affair and proceeded to glad-hand everyone while their dinners got cold. At the same dinner, Simmons caught wind that McMahon had made the earlier contribution, and promised to match it - Five months later we are still waiting. We haven't seen Simmons since.
She has followed up and stayed in touch, even calling me personally on my cell phone to thank me for my continued support.
She gave us a donation - it was appreciated - written from her own personal account. Simmons welched, and Schiff was a no-show."
"Unsolicited financial support" from her own personal account... I guess that makes it o.k. and ethical and really decent of her. (wink, wink, nod, nod)
Did she ever support this RTC in the past?
If not, then why now?
It's nice that she keeps in touch with them too.
Subsequently that Republican Town Committee has unanimously endorsed McMahon, and they haven't even heard from all candidates.
Imagine that ... Linda McMahon with the appearance of "Buying Bethel".
But they aren't alone.
Could McMahon possibly be buying Republican Town Committee votes?
Word has it that delegations of 15 and up might be going for $2,000, and 10 - 15 are worth $1,500. Others may just take what they can get.
In my opinion, this type of thing is beyond disgusting candidate and RTC behavior.
It is exactly what we DON'T want to send to Washington!
Some RTC's - like Preston- actually still have their integrity intact. They refused a "donation".
This from the NY Times:
John Moulson, the chairman of the Republican Town Committee in Preston in southeastern Connecticut, said the committee rejected a donation offered by Ms. McMahon’s campaign.In fact, according to the NYT article, from August to December 2009 alone, McMahon contributed nearly $17,000 to Republican Town Committees and more than $10,000 to individual candidates.
“We didn’t want to feel we were beholden to her,” Mr. Moulson said. “It kind of feels like they were trying to buy our vote. It’s as simple as that. I would feel the same way if it was Simmons offering the money.”
This is exactly why this country is in the toilet - because of politicians who think they can buy their way into Congress and people who might allow themselves to be bought. Shame on Bethel and other Republican Town Committees who might, or even appear to, put money ahead of anything else in this race.
The future of this country and the kinds of people we elect are important - and now it is more critical than ever. I would rather elect someone who is really qualified and knows the issues and how to fix the problems then someone who just has lots of money to throw around and who tells you what you want to hear and who just may be buying votes.
Just like we saw the "Cornhusker Kickback" and the "Louisiana Purchase" in Washington - I guess in Connecticut we have seen what could now be termed as the "Town Committee Tribute".
It certainly sheds some light on how Linda does business and how she'll operate in Congress.