The principle must come before the political party

I am encouraged by former Connecticut State Representative Themis Klarides’ commitment to Connecticut residents as she enters the U.S. Senate race.

In her recent remarks, she said, “In the Senate, my only loyalty will be to build a better quality of life for the people of Connecticut. I was encouraged by the enthusiastic encouragement I received and excited to continue the dialogue on the issues most important to Connecticut.

At the opening of his candidacy, these are powerful and benevolent statements. I would encourage Ms. Klarides to clearly affirm her commitment to the people and the issues deemed most important, and thus to set a new standard as a candidate for the Senate. All applicants, whether new or tenured, must meet higher standards during these challenging and diverse times.

Each commitment should reflect the following: (1) Here is the problem I see; (2) This is what I intend to do; (3) And these are the results you, the people of Connecticut, can expect from my action.

Imagine the impact of such clear and precise statements of principle. By using this approach, you will be able to better inform our residents, make them think or even motivate them.

Clearly, much remains to be done. We need leaders who honestly believe their only loyalty is to build a better quality of life for the people of Connecticut and take that message to the Senate. The principle rather than the party, always!

Thanks and good luck!

Allen Schwartz

Beacon falls

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