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First Selectman DaRos Keeps Seat and Offers Campaign Reflections

After a rowdy election race, DaRos retains his seat and talks about the campaign ride, which was bumpy at times.

When all was said and done and he retained the First Selectman’s seat by just under 1,000 votes against Republican Challenger Joy McConnell, DaRos said “I’ve never seen like this one.”

Reflecting on the at-times tumultuous campaign between the Republicans and Democrats, he said, “It’s like national politics got into the local politics where they’d rather go out and attack rather than stick to an issue.”

Putting some of the other issues aside for the moment, including Wayne Cooke’s placement of around town, DaRos he was disappointed with McConnell’s press release regarding the town’s lawsuit against the Marcus law firm.

“For Joy to write some of that stuff that she wrote was the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen,” commented DaRos.

Patch did not interview McConnell last night on her campaign actions but will bring you a post election story later today.

DaRos lamented of the Republicans, “When people do these things, there’s a point where there’s political rhetoric and there’s where you cross the line and they crossed the line more than once.”

Regardless of their differences, DaRos said he congratulates McConnell for her courage to run. “Believe it or not, it takes courage to go out there and run for public office. This last display will show you even more why it takes courage to do that and for that I will congratulate her.”

The biggest downfall of the campaign said DaRos was an inability to in a way he would have liked to.

“It seemed like every issue they were raising were the wrong ones. The raised the issues of the financials of the town; the tax rate of the town; the of the town. I mean these are the ones that no way are you going to compare us to any other town and not find us to be on top.”

After learning of this win, DaRos addressed the crowd at the campaign party at the Italian American club thanking them for their support through the election. Responding to his address, the group chanted, “Unk, Unk, Unk….”

The last thing Patch asked DaRos was how he was going to address the civility in town meetings a issue brought up by both parties.

Of some of the boisterous behavior of citizens and members, DaRos said in the next two years, “It’s just not going to happen.” Of Cooke he said, “He had enough attention.”

Check back for an interview with McConnell and a more in depth look DaRos’ plans for the next two years.

JBV November 09, 2011 at 12:07 PM
It's time for someone to start looking into the Halloran Report.
Anthony Paecht November 09, 2011 at 02:58 PM
I think it is time to prepare for the next election immediately. Start now and maybe gather up the steam needed before-hand.
pigglett November 09, 2011 at 04:06 PM
If the Republicans focused on the other 29,000 people in Branford other than 1 person, Wayne Cooke, perhaps they may have won the election. I voted against Wayne Cooke and his cronies. If people are going to start campaigning already for the next election, they will lose my vote right away. Give us a break! We've had enough politics shoved down our throats for the last few months
Anthony Paecht November 09, 2011 at 06:02 PM
With a 30% vote turnout? Hardly. That number is disgusting.
Jennifer Coombs November 09, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Maybe you should ask Joy McConnell how many doors she knocked on before you type something like this! People in Branford needed to get out and VOTE and they failed to do that!!!
Richard November 09, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Sadly I voted for Joy and seeing her Concession Speech I'm Glad she didn't get into office! This is not the Person to represent the town. As bad as Unk maybe that would have been worse.Oh sure she'd represent Wayne but one Wayne is ENOUGH! Now Jamie I hope that vote wasn't a waste also we will see !
Wayne Cooke November 09, 2011 at 10:47 PM
The question is, Richard, do you even know what the issues are in this town?
pigglett November 10, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Wayne, everyone in Branford knows YOUR issues with the town. Give it up for a while, your "candidate" lost because of you. I may have voted for Joy but because of you, I didn't. It makes me laugh when people are such sore losers that they don't realize their candidate lost by a lot because of no one believed they would be good at leadership. 30% Anthony? What the heck percentage do you think the last 10 elections have been???? Yeah, that's why Joy lost because of low voter turn out. Obviously her door to door did nothing to help her, she lost. Get over it folks. Wayne, move to another town if you hate it so much. Why should you garner farm status when you haven't grown jack on all your property for years and everyone else who owns vast acreage, not farmland, doesn't get the same status? Your's is not a farm and you know it.
JBV November 10, 2011 at 12:51 AM
You are all sheep. We're lucky to have Wayne to speak up to Government over-stepping. Most people, like those of you disparaging his position seem to be content to bend over and take it. The fact of the matter is everything Wayne has had the guts to wave out there in the face of scrutiny is backed by fact, - fact ratified no less, than by the courts of the State of Connecticut and one of the most honest public servants to ever grace Branford Government - John Opie. The idea that Wayne is a shill of the Republican Party I can only assume came from the backs of your extremely small, limited, willing to be led minds. And, one thing you should remember about Republicans and Independents is that they are always willing to support an argument that is right. Example: Ed Marcus et al are not to blame for the mess the current administration led the Town into. Therefore, why wouldn't the Republican Party stand behind them? What is right - is right, doesn't matter where it comes from. Democrats have always been unwilling to stray from whatever pablum is being spewed into their vacant ear canals by their so called leaders. So, - be sheep. Be led instead of leading, criticize those who speak not for a party but for the citizenry in general, be ungrateful, but be darn sure to tell your children and grandchildren of your obtuseness and where it comes from and give them a chance to make their own decision so they may leave their communities in a much better place than you have.
cirrus November 10, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Jason. why the name calling and vitriol. Putting people down with cheap name calling is so simple. look at all the posts above. The bitter name calling is predominantly from your precious right leaners.. What happened to civil discourse which is what our country is about.. You look kind of tired.
Wayne Cooke November 10, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Pigglett...Winston Churchill once said the greatest argument against democracy was a five-minute talk with the average voter. In your case, I think he would have reduced it to 30 seconds. Do all of us a favor and get the facts first, starting with the 490 Guide from the CT Farm Bureau website. It'll cost you $5, but at least you won't sound so foolish.
JBV November 10, 2011 at 01:26 AM
This could happen to you, me or anyone else. At some point, especially after a decade and a half of lies and inaction there comes a breaking point. The vitriol (I know I am responsible for throwing it around as much as anyone) as unseemly as it is, becomes the only tool left in the box when someone is trampled upon time and again. I remember discussions when I was Selectman an entire decade ago that revolved around Unk's distaste for Wayne. Inner circle rumblings - not for consumption by the general public and it just ain't right. These people - these very small people in public office are there to serve you and I, and when one of us get screwed, we should support the others regardless of how annoying or crazy you may feel they are being - because it could be you or I, - plain and simple. That land has been farmed and Wayne has complied to all of the admins requests to what end - a very public screwing.
Gary Choronzy November 10, 2011 at 01:44 AM
Wayne - you, and your antics helped me tons - thanks! I'm new to Branford, wasn't sjure who to vote for, but then there was YOU, and all the stuff you did with those HORRIBLE signs, then the bird gel...whether or not Joy was working with you didn't matter. Unk became my guy. btw - your signs could have said "Unk Dishonest" but instead you messed with EVERYONE with the last name of DaRos. The fact that you would disparage an entire fsmily over your tax issues is despicable, and so are YOU.
Anthony Paecht November 10, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Pigglett...the towns voting percentage is as good as your accumulative IQ on humanitarianism and or politeness. Please...respect is hard to find on both sides these days and well...you are just one side. I apologize for speaking facts...I lied...it was 29.7% turnout. Still sad...but we are a very rich town with powerful people who do not want there fair share shared. They do not speak either. They do not vote. Ask yourself why.
Anthony Paecht November 10, 2011 at 02:00 AM
Gary...new to Branford? How long have you been here? Corruption only lasts so long thank God.
Wayne Cooke November 10, 2011 at 02:34 AM
Go take it up with the CT Supreme Court, Mr, Choronzy. The words are theirs, not mine. As far as involving families go, ask DaRos how much he cared about my family when he vindictively and dishonestly raised our taxes from $17,000 to $85,000 per year or repeatedly lied to prevent us from developing our property. Ask him too about the Tabor case, in which his lies and deception sent two families into near financial ruin and literally stole the land right out from under another Branford family. And by all means, ask him about the twenty million dollars his corruption cost every family in Branford, as he continues to assume no responsibility whatsoever for his illegal and fraudulent actions and blame it on everyone but himself.
Richard November 10, 2011 at 07:42 PM
You must have the link for this CT Supreme Court Dishonest statement ! Want to share it so we all can see that it wasn't taken out of Context! That would make you No better than Unk if you lied ! That Unk has done wrong is without question how about you?Have you done the people of this town wrong with your actions? I'm sure if you don't answer these questions the people will know the answers by the lack of an answer!
Wayne Cooke November 10, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Richard...Look it up yourself on the CT Supreme Court website (Town of Branford vs. New England Estates-February 2010). Also look at the DaRos/Campbell website where they admit it themselves. Also, go to a real local news source like branfordseven.com and start getting educated instead of relying on the Patch where you only get half the story and that half is usually wrong. Signing off now.
Kathleen November 12, 2011 at 12:51 PM
HuRah! Unk is our guy for the town. Get involved with Branford, we need more like you!
JBV November 12, 2011 at 01:43 PM
So, Gary - you voted for someone because of a sign? A sign put up by an individual, not a party? Yes, Kathleen is right, please go work for them.
Wayne Cooke November 12, 2011 at 09:14 PM
DaRos needed to lie to win. Rest assured, however, that the lies have been duly recorded, and he'll be answering for them in the months ahead.

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