Ned La­mont Has Courage

Hartford Courant - - Opinion -

In Fe­bru­ary, I au­thored a Courant op-ed [“Green­wich Breeds Politi­cians; Scram­ble On For Gov­er­nor”]. The piece con­cluded: “… the key quality we need to look for can­di­dates for of­fice in 2018: po­lit­i­cal courage.”

Tues­day, Con­necti­cut elected a gov­er­nor from Green­wich who has po­lit­i­cal courage: Ned La­mont.

Ned, re­spond­ing to a mod­er­a­tor ques­tion in the fi­nal TV de­bate, said his po­lit­i­cal hero from Amer­i­can his­tory is Robert Kennedy. Why? In Ned’s words, “Be­cause Bobby was fear­less” in the cause of “what is right.” Ned’s po­lit­i­cal courage is rooted in RFK’s ideal.

RFK de­fined this in an­nounc­ing his can­di­dacy for pres­i­dent. He de­clared “I do not run for the pres­i­dency merely to op­pose any man but to pro­pose new poli­cies. ... poli­cies to close the gaps that now ex­ist be­tween black and white, be­tween rich and poor, be­tween young and old ...” RFK con­tin­ued declar­ing he stood “for hope in­stead of de­spair, for the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of men.” He and John F. Kennedy had in­spired a gen­er­a­tion of Amer­i­cans rooted in a pos­i­tive vision of the im­por­tance of pub­lic ser­vice — in­clud­ing Ned.

Yes­ter­day, faced with a stark choice, we elected an in­clu­sive­ness gov­er­nor who has the prom­ise to unite our state em­brac­ing the 21st cen­tury ideas and eco­nomic poli­cies to re­boot our state with broad ed­u­ca­tional and eco­nomic en­ergy along with re­forms across every part of our very spe­cial Con­necti­cut.

Stephen Fuzesi Jr., Green­wich

The writer is a mem­ber of the Demo­cratic State Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

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