Calling All Clinton Republicans! Now Is Your Chance To Get Involved!

We are seeking a mix of people to include younger family people who are active in the community or want to become active. You may even want to run for office some day. Let us hear from you.

By Phil Sengle: 

Calling All Clinton Republicans

Some say the Republican Party Organization in Clinton is too old and has too many of the same faces.  I agree, we need a good mix of new and older blood.  As Chairman of the Republican Town Committee I want to make this happen.  But I can only do it with your help.  What’s a town committee you say?  It is the lowest level of party organization in Connecticut.  Major parties must have them by law.  Since we have no counties here, the next level is the state organization.  Our job is to recruit candidates and win elections, but there is more.

 Since Clinton is largely run by volunteers, we search out and interview Republican and Independent (legally known as unaffiliated) voters who we recommend to the Board of Selectmen for appointments to bodies like the Shellfish, Inland Wetlands and Harbor Commissions.  There are over one hundred such positions available and vacancies always exist.  We also select delegates to state and federal conventions who nominate Republican candidates for Governor, U.S. Senate, Congress and State Senate and State Representative.  On the state level it would be the seats currently held by Art Linares (R) and Tom Vicino (D).

 How can you help revitalize the Republican Party in Clinton?  Rather simple actually, join the Town Committee and here is a great way to do that.  We are holding a caucus of all Republican electors (voters) on January 9, 2014 at the Town Hall at 7:00 PM.  A caucus is a meeting and any registered Republican can attend, speak, vote and be nominated for the Town Committee.  You can be nominated from the floor or as part of a slate.  Then a vote will take place.  There are 35 positions available but it is not necessary to fill them all.  An organizational meeting will be held in March with the new Committee to elect officers.  Town Committee membership is a legal position that has a two year term.  This new group will have its terms expire in January of 2016.  We meet monthly at the town hall.

 This is your chance to make things happen.  Instead of sitting on the sidelines and wondering how the process works or worse yet, complaining about it, you can make changes for the better if you don’t like how the town or party is run.  You are invited to participate.  Call or contact me through our web site at www.clintongop.org by using the “Contact” Tab.  We are seeking a mix of people to include younger family people who are active in the community or want to become active.  You may even want to run for office some day.  Let us hear from you.

 Phil Sengle; Chairman – Clinton Republican Town Committee

VIN CIMINO January 09, 2014 at 07:40 PM
Clearly, the most unbelievable posts here are by Phil himself. His continued attempts to explain the most catastrophic defeat in Clinton Republican history on the existence of a new third party confirms that he has learned nothing. Huge RTC campaign postcards mailed out failed to even mention the word "Republican". That's the level of embarrassment Chairman Sengle and the rest of the RTC felt about their organization, yet he continues to blame the Clinton First Party. Take a look at every one of the Clinton First brochures. Not only did they proudly proclaim our party name, they proudly proclaimed our platform as well. No one in his right mind could ever conclude that the Clinton First Party's obvious or stated purpose is to insure the Democrats and Willie Fritz retain office. I understand Sengle intends to step down as chairman of the RTC and the wisdom of that decision is becoming increasingly clearer. "Exhibit 1" from the recent election is that the new Clinton First Party received remarkable support, while support for the Republican Town Committee continues to dwindle. We look forward to the next election. We continue to add new supporters, including in recent days long-time RTC members who have been informed by Sengle that they will not be nominated for membership tonight. Of course, we welcome them and all other residents who are dissatisfied with both major parties. I really do hope that Sengle sees the light soon, discontinues his attacks and concentrates on curing his party's glaring inadequacies.
VIN CIMINO January 09, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Pem, the Democratic Town Committee historically has restricted voting for new committees to DTC members. I confirmed that tonight with a recent committee member. It appears they may have been doing so incorrectly for a long, long time and have recently changed their practice. I have not seen any legal notice of a change of Republican Town Committee rules, which otherwise restrict voting to RTC members. I think the easiest way to confirm this is to ask for the specific language that provides for all registered party members to vote and the date of the change of practice, unless Patch has a current copy of party rules.
Phil Sengle January 10, 2014 at 02:57 PM
I'd like to know when (and why) the Republican Party and myself became the enemy? You have to ask yourself why would anyone attack the Republican Party when the Democrats and Willie Fritz are in control. This poisonous attitude is what turns voters off. Please keep it up! Here is one likely reason for the behavior to attack the party out of power. If your base of support is mainly from Party X members, then it makes sense to bash Party X in hopes of drawing more away. I prefer logic to rants. BTW I am glad to hear of my impending resignation as RTC Chair. That is news to me. Somebody has a bad source. And if the Republican Party is in the dumpster as charged, I wonder why the Chairman of the Board of Education, Police Commission, Planning & Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals are Republicans. I'm sure someone will tell us. Anyone has a right to their own opinion, but not to their own set of facts. Hey Vin, the audience is gone.
Phil Sengle January 10, 2014 at 03:03 PM
BTW the OPEN Republican Caucus went very well. Had good attendance with several new faces. Anyone could have participated. We were in the Green Room while the other major Party was behind closed doors in the Rose Room. I thank all who attended and look forward to working with the new committee. At our organizational meeting I will run for the Chairmanship again (contrary to false information above). We will work for the betterment of Clinton and will not spend our time on personal attacks and bashing everything in site.
VIN CIMINO January 11, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Once again, Chairman Sengle need not look very far to figure out the genesis of the perception of the Clinton Republican Town Committee. The absurd claim that he knows the "obvious if not stated purpose" why the Clinton First Party was formed, followed by the ridiculous assertion that it is to "insure the Democrats (and WF) stay in control of town hall for the foreseeable future??" As former RTC Steve Bristol correctly explained above, "the goal of the Third Party WAS to remove the current administration but not to replace it with (some of the RTC candidates) who they considered little different from what was already in place." Bravo, Steve. Sengle can try to ignore that the RTC continues to lose votes at an alarming rate. But that ignorance only leads to bizarre conclusions. The reality is that the number of residents dissatisfied with both major parties continues to increase and the Clinton First Party presents a necessary third option. We'll continue to get our message out and build for the next election. If Sengle keeps his word and discontinues his attacking, bashing and bizarre explanations, Party X will be far better off. I'm really looking forward to seeing whether their mailings next election will identify them as the Republican Town Committee or Party X. Only time will tell.


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