EASTON—A handful of Easton residents grew concerned last Thursday night, citing “anti-LGBTQ”, “anti-choice” fears. Several individuals attended a Republican meeting, writing notes for a targeted social media blitz published later.
The meeting invited First Selectman candidate Wendy Bowditch to speak; but the presence of these individuals made her ‘nervous’ and she left quickly after speaking. The agitators, including first Selectman David Bindelglass, expressed online they’re very worried that people like Wendy are not “safe, welcoming, or respectful” toward their biggest concern for Easton—sexual orientations.
Republicans couldn’t find any evidence for the smear campaign. “Easton overwhelmingly approves Bowditch as treasurer” wrote the CT Post in 2012. When Patch asked in 2019 what the ‘most pressing issue’ is in Easton, Bowditch responded, “Remaining fiscally responsible while still maintaining the rural nature of Easton.” They searched for ‘hateful’ rhetoric here too.
The CT Republican Assembly’s president of the Fairfield chapter, Katherine Sarris, said she was “saddened to hear that certain individuals are spreading baseless accusations….not only are these claims against our movement unfounded, but they are also not supported by a shred of evidence. Thursday night was a beautiful meeting where the free and open exchange of ideas was invited; we welcomed the guests from the other side of the aisle who chose to join us.”
Sarris said she hadn’t yet seen any video footage or quotations from Thursday in the online verbiage. “It is tragic that the political tactics of some are to lie about others,” she said, “in order to silence those with whom they disagree.”