YOUR VIEW: LWV president takes accusations personally

Published on Friday, 22 October 2021 21:31
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To the Editor:

Lying and liars are such harsh words and very hurtful. They also question an organization’s integrity.

In the case of the accusations against the New Britain Area League of Women Voters (Herald, Oct. 7, 2021), I have taken these insults personally, as I was the one who telephoned and communicated with Mayor Stewart’s Office, and submitted the Letter to the Editor as President of our local League.

I never spoke directly to Mayor Stewart, but rather to one of her assistants who was very pleasant. I explained our request for a Mayoral Candidate Forum and suggested a date. She said that she would speak to the Mayor and get back to me. The following day I called in the afternoon and the assistant thanked me for following up. She then stated that Mayor Stewart would not be available for the Forum on Oct. 6 (the date we had requested) because she had another commitment.

I then asked if we could look at some other dates and was told, “Yes, as long as it is not during the month of October.” I responded, “The whole month?” and was told, “Yes, October is a busy month.” I reminded her that the election is Nov. 2, and she replied, “That is correct.”

After that I thanked her for her time and she wished me a good day. After the Herald October 7 article and discussion with the League’s Executive Board, I made one last attempt via email to Mayor Stewart’s Office to try and get a date to tape the Forum. I did not receive a response.

What else could we have done, other than let the public know that we would not be hosting a Forum this year?

Yes, Mayor Stewart stated (Herald, Oct. 7) that she could not participate in the Forum because her first priority was the City Council Meeting, and yet we had already been told by her assistant that she would not be available at all during the month of October.

It has been suggested that Mayor Stewart’s assistant misunderstood her directive regarding a response to our request. If that is the case, then it is the responsibility of the Mayor to address how she communicates with her staff. It is not the responsibility of the League of Women Voters.

Mary O'Brien

President, LWV

Posted in New Britain Herald, Letters on Friday, 22 October 2021 21:31. Updated: Friday, 22 October 2021 21:34.