Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Record-Journal

Yes, an apology is owed

To the editor:

George Millerd penned a Letter to the Editor in which he suggested that the Berlin Republican Party is owed an apology.

Unfortunately, Mr. Millerd is mistaken. It is the Berlin Republican Town Committee which owes an apology, or at the very least, an explanation to the people of Berlin.

As Berlin voters surely recall, the Republican candidate for State Representative, Steve Baleshiski, withdrew his candidacy after a long series of hateful, bigoted and misogynistic social media posts became public.

In his letter, Millerd suggests that it is unfair to attribute the actions and words of this “one individual” to Berlin Republicans.

While it may be unfair to attribute the words of Mr. Baleshiski to all Republicans in Berlin, it is more than fair to attribute them to the Berlin Republican Town Committee. After all, the committee nominated Baleshiski to represent Berlin voters. Not only did they endorse him, they raised money and campaigned on his behalf.

Perhaps Millerd will defend nominating and endorsing an individual that holds and publicly expresses bigoted and hateful views by arguing that the BRTC was unaware of Baleshiski’s comments. If so, then the Berlin Republican Party is dangerously negligent; failing to perform even a minimal background check of their candidate.

Unfortunately for Millerd and the Berlin Republican Town Committee, his argument falls apart based on the committee’s reaction following the revelation and publication of Baleshiski’s hateful comments.

In fact, it took more than a week for the BRTC to withdraw support for him.

So yes, Mr. Millerd, many Berlin residents feel that they are owed an apology from the Berlin Republican Town Committee for endorsing a candidate who, in the words of the BRTC, engaged in “hurtful and dividing behavior,” after such behavior was made public.

And if an apology is a bridge too far for the Berlin Republican Town Committee, how about an explanation?

Gary Brochu
Berlin


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