For years, rogue Republican Ethan Book has butted heads with local party leadership. He left the herd a long time ago, or perhaps maybe the party left him. Either way, he’s back at it for another run at public office–mayor and state house candidacies his latest–this time for city sheriff, a position noted for serving legal papers. Dems and Republicans are both guaranteed three city sheriff slots.
Book may to have to primary the party to win a position, but he recently issued a pitch hoping party regulars will endorse his bid.
A “sheriff” is “an important official of a shire [town] or county charged primarily with judicial duties (such as executing the processes and orders of courts and judges).”
This past Tuesday evening, I took the opportunity to attend at the Boca Oyster Bar an After-Hours gathering of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. As I entered, I was greeted by BRBC President Dan Onofrio who asked, “Ethan, when is the Bridgeport Republican Party going to come alive?”
The Bridgeport RTC is like a vehicle with a motor of eight cylinders which is operating only on three. There clearly needs to be change, the right kind of change!
For these and other reasons, I hereby announce my candidacy for Republican Sheriff (one of three positions for sheriff normally held by Republicans; as the Democrats concurrently normally elect three Democrat sheriffs).
I’m a Republican in good standing. I am competent and qualified; well-educated and familiar with the law. I’ve worked successfully in high-level banking and for three decades have been the successful owner/operator of a limousine service business. In the Town of Fairfield, I served honorably as an elected member of the Representative Town Meeting; in Bridgeport as an elected Justice of the Peace. For being the Republican candidate for State Rep. in the 128th House District for several campaigns (central portion of Bridgeport), I’ve demonstrated considerable party development. I serve as an active member of The Hollow NRZ.
Mike Garrett, until recently our RTC Chairman, has served various terms as Republican Sheriff. He demonstrates neither competence nor integrity. He fails to comprehend or recognize the breadth and limitations of court decisions. He fails to understand or recognize that, when private citizens prominently place “No Trespassing” signs on their private property, they are exercising their right to limit access to their land. In addition, when he violates such a private right, he fails to realize his lack of authority and discretion by doing an ex parte review of lack of materiality, that without conversing with the property owners or even apologizing.
Mr. Garrett has a broadly observed reputation for making false and/or incomplete and misleading statements, that to gain personal political advantage.
Further, when he campaigns, he wears a red hat with the word “SHERIFF,” giving the impression that his campaigning activities are official actions.
I’ve asked current ostensible RTC Chairman Anthony Minutolo whom the Town Committee leadership plans to nominate for Board of Ed and Sheriff. As of the preparation of this message, I’ve received no response. Based on past and current events, I consider it a good guess that the RTC leadership intends to re-nominate Mike Garrett for sheriff.
I’ve also asked Tony when and where the upcoming Town Committee will be? No answer! In addition, I’ve asked if the meeting will be open to the public (as is required by GOP State Central Rules). He answered brusquely, “No!”
Notwithstanding that the meeting may not be open to the public, I hereby ask Tony for the right to speak as a declared Republican candidate.
The Republican Party nationally is known to affirm that our American form of government is a constitutional republic (where there is the Rule of Law). It is rather amazing that the leadership of the Bridgeport RTC, which is a local political organization affiliated with the Republican Party, so habitually selectively ignores the letter and the spirit of our Bylaws and Constitutions, while selectively placing inordinate attention and even fabricating other hip-shot “rules” which offend the spirit and the letter of our Bylaws and the Constitutions.
What I share here is part of a broader current public multi-party movement for challenging establishment politics (I’m told that what I share here of our Bridgeport RTC is not exclusive as it is sometimes repeated in other Republican Town Committees statewide.). Now is the time?
Based primarily on my efforts and active campaigning in the 128th House District (which doesn’t stop on Election Days), since 2014, I have brought in over 250 Republican voter registrations and seen the Democrat-to-Republican voter ratio in the District decline from over 20:1 to less than 13:1; a decline of 35%.
In August of 2018, the Dem-to-Repub voter ratio citywide (which includes six House Districts) was 11.4:1. In the 128th, it was 16.9:1. On July 1, 2021, the Dem-to-Repub voter ratio citywide was 9.5:1, showing a decline from 8/18 to the present of 16.6%, On July 1, 2021, the Dem-to-Repub voter ratio in the 128th was 12.9:1, a decline from 8/18 of 22.3%.* Clearly, the greatest improvement in Republican voter registrations has been in the 128th District.
Would you support me to be one of the three Republican candidates for Bridgeport Sheriff?
With kind regards,