Opinion: Ronald Reagan Award Dinner a First in East Haven But With a Questionable Pick

Political Commentary

Ronald Wilson Reagan is the icon of the Republican Party. To many Republicans he is the Jack Kennedy of our party. The symbol of the American vision of hope, honesty and integrity and the pillar of strength. To be honored by his name at his dinner is indeed a great feat. I personally know two of the East Haven receipents Charles Doc Schlegel who will receive the " Charles Doc Schlegel Service Award and Frank Cappelloni who will receive the East Haven RTC Distinguished Service Award. Both of these men have served the East Haven community well and are pillars of the community.

If there ever was an environmental issue, a question on the East Haven Land Trust there was Doc. While I was serving on the East Haven Town Council Doc helped acquire more land in the Bradford Manor Area to widen and secure the beautiful East Haven marsh area in the 2nd District. He also was one of the longest serving Republican members on the East Haven Board of Finance and served with distinction and several balanced budgets saving millions of dollars for our residents.

When I first entered into East Haven politics the leader of the East Haven Republicans was Mr. Frank Capelloni. Frank is a very gentle man with a big heart but was behind the resurgence of the Republicans that took back Town Hall from Hank Luzzi. After that victory Frank handed the regins over to the next generation. To me Frank was a true mentor who always told me to kill them with kindness and to this day is a big fan of the East Haven Vine and continues to encourage me to expose the truth wherever it may be. Frank is also an major supporter of the East Haven Police Department and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the men and women of the EHPD during the Capone Administrations blistering attacks that have left our Department the focus of national attention.

There is no doubt that both of these men deserve the biggest thanks from many Republicans in East Haven but most importantly for all the great work they have done for the entire East Haven Community.

Lastly it is the opinion of the East Haven Vine that the selection of Joseph Maturo Jr. for the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Service Award is simply a major mistake and a lapse of judgement of the East Haven Republican Town selection committee. This committee seems to have forgotten that it was only a few months ago that Joseph Maturo for his own political gain and purpose took the entire East Haven Republican party down a dangerous road by leaving the party and creating a 3rd line to avoid a primary. A cowardly move because if he had gone head to head against John Finkle he would have lost. With several sleazy backroom political maneuvers from his internal circle Finkle was forced to remove himself from the race and then Maturo came back to seek the endorsement. This strategy and posturing was not in anyway shape or form an honorable, honest or distinct way and Maturo should not be rewarded for his behavior. I am certain if Ronald Reagan witness this behavior he certainly wouldn't want his name associated with Joe Maturo.

On the bright side it is encouraging to see the East Haven Republican Town Committee introducing this dinner as a avenue of collecting additional revenue to advance the Republican cause in the Town. The past two treasurers of the East Haven Town Committee, James Farrell and now Sal Maltese have done a fantastic job of raising money and keeping the war chest filled, as of the last filing date the East Haven Republicans had just over $12K ready to do battle. See the report below.


Unlike the past years where money was always an issue and reporting was always lacking. The East Haven Republican Party was always struggling to support candidates, all except Joe Maturo who received the lionshare. These are the last filings before Farrell and Maltese assumed treasurer duties and as you can see the East Haven RTC had less than $500.00 on hand. It makes one wonder what was going on during the good economic times?


If you are interested at looking at all reporting filings of the East Haven political parties you can visit this website


Then type in "East Haven" under "Committee Name" you definitely will learn quite a bit!

Happy Searching!

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

nähtamatu mees October 11, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Dan...BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO...I think you should run against Maturo for Mayor. You tell it like it is and I love the mention of the funds. As a former RTC member I can attest that Dan is telling the ABSOULTE TRUTH...Two 300+lbs theives!!!
James October 11, 2012 at 03:13 AM
FBI Needed October 11, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Wow this can be very explosive....it's a great question to ask. Why does the East Haven RTC have more money. Looking back at the records it seems that the past treasurer was an Ann Louise DeSorbo and there are many reports dating back to the mid 90's. Is this person related to Mr. DeSorbo who works at Town Hall? It looks like there has been hundreds of thousands of dollars collected. If I was looking for political corruption I'd start right here. Look at who knows who and who is related to whom. In politics it's all about who funnels the money the best way and you have to follow the money and connections.
FBI Needed October 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM
As I continue to read more and more I can see they were very busy bees. PAC's, lots of payments to various people but a lot of payments to the same names...mmmmm it's a good thing that many FBI agents are forensic accountants. Just follow the money the old saying goes. Just follow the money...
Jacobo Arnez October 11, 2012 at 11:59 AM
I Love it when spineless, boot-licking malcontents make unproven allegations just for the shock value. Don't you agree "FBI needed"?
Magdalen Sparaco October 12, 2012 at 03:05 PM
The way Channel 8 gave publicity to this event is so misleading. What's the big fuss? It is an East Haven Republican Town Committee honoring one of it's own. That's like your family having a party and honoring one of its members. The East Haven Democratic Town Committee has the "John F. Kennedy Profiles and Courage" Dinner every year, for many years, honoring one of its own. Again, it shows how the media scratches the barrel when it has nothing else to report.
Magdalen, But what truly did they honor him for Carl Ruggerio pointed toward the Mayors first ten years however as we both know The Mayors first tenure cost the residents millions and the infrastructure of the town was crumbling and there was not an active ADA Committee to address the needs of residents with disabilites. So I ask in all fairness what were they honoring the man for?
ASmith October 13, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Did they serve tacos or meatballs? Jes wonderin.
James October 13, 2012 at 02:42 AM
The man wins an award for his first 10 yrs of service while Cheating the state out of $300,000 in disability during that time. Takes every possible vacation he can get away with. Reinstated Gallow who walked away with a retirement and $100 K in severance pay called the fed charges slanderous but the truth is starting to show.Who knows where those charges may end ? Rummer has it that some town equipment is siting idle waiting for parts because Joe will not release money for those repairs even though cost is minor
Magdalen Sparaco October 13, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Mr. Hoff, My intent was to criticize the stupidity of the media. The "honoree" in this matter is a whole different story, too depressing. I think some of these comments tell the story very well.
Mrs. Sparaco, There are also those that believe the sole intention of this event was to raise campaign funds for the current election and the awards were simply a horse and pony show.
Richard Poulton October 13, 2012 at 05:32 PM
See Magdalan, its people like Mr. Hoff that complain the way they do but forget what his own party does. But thats Ok for them. So what if the "sole intention" was to raise money. Thats what the RTC and yes the DTC do. But Hoffy only wants it his way. He just doesn't get it.
Ivanna D. Truth October 13, 2012 at 05:43 PM
And this is different then Patty Co making donations via her office staff to April and the Dem's?
Ivanna, Let's not start making accusations without being able to furnish the proof.
FBI Needed October 14, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I love this parady. The little guy in the clip is Joe Maturo and the Big Fellow is Art DeSorbo. Sit back, laugh and enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSNTjX_g9a4


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something