I am going to divide today’s Darien Republican Party into two groups, Danny’s Boys and the Mean Girls. I will go back in time and hopefully give readers some perspective on how the Republicans got into the shape they are in today. Some perspective is needed after Monday night’s RTC hit job.
Danny is Danny “The Duke of Darien” Dolcetti. Before I start, let me explain that I have reverted to calling Danny “The Duke” from calling Danny “The Traitor.” Danny was called the less flattering “Traitor” because many felt he did not support his long time friend Joe Miceli for First Selectman. My reversion was due to the Spirit of the Christmas Season. So “The Duke” it is.
It seems that as long as I can remember Danny has been involved with the RTC. However, I cannot remember the last time his involvement was successful. You must realize that Danny’s almost exclusive interest is in his property downtown. Thus, permits, parking and the like represent The Duke’s view of the strategic issues facing Darien.
A number of years ago, Duke led a group that thought they were a lock to take over the RTC. The night of the caucus a challenge group showed up and took over the RTC. One of the leaders of the challenge group was Susan Marks. As a result of that evening, Republicans put in place a rule that a challenge slate must announce itself, I believe, five days before the caucus. Hence, this past Monday 1/11/16, the challenge slate was known.
Last year, Danny’s Boys on the RTC rejected Susan Marks, an incumbent Selectman, for the position of Selectman in the November, 2015 election. Revenge would appear to have been one of the reasons. Marks petitioned and won a spot on the ballot. This only proves that the Bard was right and I paraphrase: “If you strike at a Selectman, you must kill the Selectman.”
In addition, the woman who Jayme Stevenson picked to be the other Selectman candidate dropped out when I found out that she did not believe in paying her bills. Kip Koons was then selected to replace the deadbeat and the ticket of Stevenson, Marks and Koons was complete.
Now it is time to turn to the Mean Girls. You have to realize that as much as Danny’s Boys are The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight, they are geniuses compared with The Mean Girls.
The Mean Girls