NORWALK, Conn. – Republican Joanne T. Romano resigned her At-Large seat on the Norwalk Common Council Tuesday, citing frustrations with the political discourse among the group’s members.
Romano, who served on the council from 2005 to 2007 and again from 2009 to the present, said in a statement during Tuesday night’s council meeting that the past year was particularly difficult because too much “attention is placed on the grandstanding and personal attacks made by a small group who have sought only to defame others, regardless of party.”
She did not name who those specific members were on the council, nor did she elaborate on the specific issues that led to her decision, but she said she could not serve on a political body where her “contributions are no longer looked at as meaningful and my voice is no longer acknowledged.”
Romano was re-elected to the council in 2011 by one vote over former Council member John Tobin and earlier this month she lost to incumbent Democrat Chris Perone in a bid to serve in the state House for the 137th District.
Her resignation will become effective Friday. According to Mayor Richard Moccia, the Norwalk Republican Town Committee will vote on a replacement to serve out the remainder of Romano’s term. Because he lost by one vote in the fall of 2011, Tobin has been mentioned as a possible replacement. But Moccia was quick to add that the party will also consider other people.
“After this most recent election, one of the messages that voters sent was that we also have to get younger and more diverse as a party,” Moccia said, adding that he wished Romano had reconsidered and stayed on the council.
During the council meeting, Romano was praised by her fellow members for her dedication and hard work.
“I appreciate you,” said Council member Michelle Maggio. “You showed me the ropes and I will always be grateful for that.”
“I wish you luck in whatever you do next,” said Council President Carvin Hilliard. “I always looked upon you as a solid person on the council and I’m going to miss you.”