As previously reported, First Selectman Dan Rosenthal reserves the right to rescind the mandate prior to the next Legislative Council meeting. The Council is scheduled to revisit the mandate on October 6.
Read more here: https://www.newtownbee.com/09032021/legislative-council-approves-mask-mandate-after-two-hour-debate/
I'm not sure this is quite setting things straight. Mr. Paradis is certainly free, and empowered, I agree, to advocate for his organization's achievements. It is curious, however, that he chooses to springboard off of a letter written by the RTC to do that in this instance. Mr. Paradis says he is encouraged by the RTC letter, but does not say why. In his very next paragraph, he write "Together with the Democratic majorities on the Board of Education, Legislative Council, and Board of Finance, Newtown Democrats have been able to achieve great things over the past few years." And, his letter advocates staying the course. In a letter you suggest is one of unity, he references his party a half a dozen time, while referring to "colleagues across the aisle" only once. An option he could have chosen, but did not, would have been to focus exclusively on what accomplishments have been made via collaboration between the parties, and promoting his party's accomplishments elsewhere without linking those comments to something published by the RTC.
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