To the editor:
As members of the Stamford Democratic City Committee, we are steadfast in our support of David Martin for mayor. We also welcome the prospect of a Democratic primary which allows any eligible candidate into the race, and we pledge to support the winner of the primary on Sept. 10. However, on July 17 by a vote of 26 to 12 to 2, the Stamford Democratic City Committee chose to endorse David Martin because he was the most experienced and qualified candidate. David has provided Stamford with years of outstanding leadership and service, and we are confident he is truly ready for the job on day one.
It is therefore quite disheartening to us that the governor we support would choose not to stand with the Stamford Democratic Party. The Stamford Democratic City Committee has wholeheartedly supported the governor in the past, from his first race for mayor of Stamford to his recent race for governor. He is the de facto head of our party, who only this past July called for party unity.
We have to wonder why Gov. Malloy announced his support for someone other than the party's endorsed candidate, and why he cannot accept our very thoughtful and thorough consideration in choosing a candidate. By holding a public press conference to attract as much attention as possible, the governor clearly intended his endorsement to sway voters away from David Martin.
The Stamford Democratic City Committee is dedicated to serving the best interests of Stamford, and we welcome input from all citizens of Stamford, regardless of party affiliation. We also respect the actions of our fellow Democratic Party members and supporters. We only hope that the governor can remember his own message of party unity and respect.
John Mallozzi, Chairman