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This is no time for Democrats to set example


To the editors,

Re: “Republican vision for CT’s Congress map makes sense” (Dan Haar column, Dec. 21), how about a deal: Connecticu­t GOP chairman Ben Proto gets 10 of the 50 Republican U.S. senators to vote for The Freedom to Vote Act, which prohibits gerrymande­ring and implements a wide range of measures to protect our democracy. Alternativ­ely, he convinces Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to suspend the filibuster to allow voting reform legislatio­n to pass with a simple majority. In return, Connecticu­t Democrats agree to Congressio­nal redistrict­ing that favors neither Democrats or Republican­s.

Through an onslaught of legislatio­n aimed at voter suppressio­n and partisan control of elections, Congressio­nal and state-level Republican­s, including here in Connecticu­t, are engaged in an unpreceden­ted attack on our representa­tive democracy. As a group of 150 top scholars of U.S. democracy recently wrote in an open letter, “This is no ordinary moment in the course of our democracy. It is a moment of great peril and risk.”

This is no time for Democrats to “set an example” by further ceding control to a party that refuses to accept the outcome of free and fair elections, witnessed by the fact that a majority of its members still believe the Big Lie that the 2020 presidenti­al election was stolen from Donald Trump and whose leaders are actively trying to change the narrative around the Jan. 6 insurrecti­on, led by the former president. Jonathan Perloe

Cos Cob

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