‘This election is about values' — Darien Democratic rally Sunday draws lively crowd
President Donald Trump’s recent nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh was one of the large topics of discussion Sunday afternoon at the Democratic Blue Wave rally at Darien’s Tilley Pond Park.
The goal of the rally, according to the Darien Democratic Town Committee, was to encourage voting, drive momentum and amplify campaign engagement with Democrats and all voters leaning Democratic, in the fourth Congressional District in advance of the Nov. 6 elections.
About half a dozen elected officials spoke at the event, which drew hundreds and was free and open the public.
This included U.S. Congressman Jim Himes, who brought up Kavanaugh’s appointment, which took place despite accusations that Kavendaugh sexually assaulted psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford in the summer of 1982.
“They put an individual on the Supreme Court who is there for the sole purpose to set women back two generations, to when they didn’t control their reproductive lives, to when they didn’t have the rights and the justice they celebrate today,” Himes said.
The election is about “values,” “identity,” and “who we are,” Himes further said.
“It’s about the message we send to the world about who we are, what we aspire to, and how we treat each other,” he added.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said people need to “take back” democracy from “forces that are going to destroy it.”
“We are more under threat than any time in recent history, than any time in my lifetime,” Blumenthal said.
Blumenthal added that the “passion and energy and intelligence” in the crowd is “an inspiration for making sure they have the democracy that was given to us — that’s the pact that every generation makes. Leave this nation a little bit better.”
Like Himes, Blumenthal also made a reference to Kavanaugh's appointment.
“I sat through those hearings and I am angry that someone will have a lifetime appointment on that court after the president and members of congress mocked and ridiculed a survivor of sexual assault,” Blumenthal said.
He added, however, that Ford gave America “a teaching moment.”
“She showed America what real courage is, what strength is, and I think America is going to take that lesson and say we are not letting Donald Trump degrade and demean the survivors of sexual assault,” Blumenthal said. “We are going to change America and make sure that survivors are respected in this country.”
Making change comes down to people going to the polls and voting, Blumenthal said.
“If you're angry, stay angry, go vote and take three people physically to the polls,” he said.
Darien resident Randy Klein, former chairman and current member of the Darien Democratic Town Committee, told The Darien Times that the takeaway from the rally is if Democrats are not elected, then what was accomplished under President Barack Obama is “in jeopardy.”
“This is the most important election we have had in the last 50 years,” Klein said, adding “There needs to be a check of what’s going on in Washington.”
By holding the rally, Klein said he hopes to have a strong show of Democratic support in “a Republican town.”
He is looking to grow the DTC in Darien, which currently has 22 members.
Stamford resident Ruth Adelman, mother of Darien DTC member Frank Adelman, who was holding up a poster that said “Gun Control Grandma,” said the issue that’s most important to her in this election is gun safety.
“I have four grandchildren,” Adelman said. “I want them to grow up safe and to feel safe. I want them to feel confident where they live. Children need to feel they can go to school and be part of the world the way it is now, and not feel frightened all the time.”
Charlesanna Ecker, who is also from Stamford, said she has been working “really hard” to get Democrats elected. She held a poster that said “Your voice, your vote.”
She brought up the topic of affordable healthcare, and said everyone in her family has a pre-existing medical condition, including her son who is a two-time cancer survivor.
“Insurance should be a right and not just a privilege for everyone who can afford it,” Ecker added.
Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, who is running for Connecticut governor against Republican Bob Stefanowski, said “big changes” are going to have to be made.
“We are really going to have to change the way we do business in this state,” Lamont said. “And we’re going to do it with heart.”
Lamont told the lively crowd that he will “stand up for” Connecticut values every day. “These are elections that make a difference.”
Following the Blue Wave event, Darien RTC Chairman Chris Taylor released a statement that said, “Once again, Democrats in Darien and across the state have shown they have no plans or solutions for Governor Dan Malloy’s fiscal irresponsibility. Instead of discussing ways to fix the economy and bring jobs back to Connecticut, they are focused on fear mongering and national party politics.”
“Voters should remember that years of Dan Malloy and Bob Duff have put us in the financial hole we find ourselves in today. Fortunately, in two weeks, voters across the state will go to the polls to support Bob Stefanowski and his reliable Republican plans to cut taxes and grow our flagging economy.”
The fourth Congressional District includes Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, part of Shelton, Stamford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.