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Letter: Garfunkel Slings Mud, Re-elect Moccia

NORWALK, Conn. – The following letter to the editor was written by Norwalk resident Linda Johnson.

The most recent two pronouncements in The Daily Norwalk from the Democratic candidate for mayor have convinced me more than ever that we need to re-elect Mayor Moccia. First, Mr. Garfunke l cut and pasted a piece by the state Democratic chairman repeating claims made by the Obama Administration about job creation in Connecticut. Even if I buy that one lock, stock and barrel, what does it have to do with this race?

Mr. Garfunkel really misses the point and continues to simply sling mud by claiming that Mayor Moccia has not met or discussed economic development with our legislators in four years. I guess he is discounting that anyone might read the newspapers and know that this isn't true. If I were one of the Norwalk delegation, I might also be a little upset that Mr. Garfunkel seems to feel they won't do their job for Norwalk unless the mayor demands it. I know that Larry Cafero and Bob Duff for sure will be out there doing what they can for Norwalk, Garfunkel or no, that is for sure.

It is the second piece that truly puts the lid on Andy once and for all. In it, Garfunkel sights an article about all of southwestern Connecticut ... from Stamford to Bridgeport ... from Forbes magazine . Garfunkel seems to hold Mayor Moccia responsible for the almost 14 percent unemployment in Democratically run Bridgeport, while ignoring the fact that Norwalk's 7.1 percent unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the extended region.

Simple facts such as the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce's breaking through 1,100 members and the new projects approved in the city, seemingly every day, show the mayor's success. If you consider Mr. Garfunkel's own insult that the mayor "only goes around cutting ribbons" you see the facts ... that Norwalk is a city on the move and it's headed in the right direction.

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