Burke refuses to yield to special int...

Burke refuses to yield to special interests

There are 73 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Sep 3, 2009, titled Burke refuses to yield to special interests. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

Finally a real leader who refuses to "comply" or "abide" by the whims of political special interest.

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nobodys listening

Boston, MA

#1 Sep 3, 2009
great timing dan, just in time for this:
Where will you be going when the foreclosure is done?
I hear there's a vacant apartment in Argentina where Matt Paulsen used to live! Buh Bye

United States

#3 Sep 3, 2009
Well I for one am convinced. If Dan likes him then I like him. When can I vote for him and how many times? Can my puppy vote for him too? He's a very cute puppy.

This whole sordid affair is just about over. Dan will settle his beef with Nick and we can go back to being Danbury's embarrassing redneck neighbor again.

United States

#4 Sep 3, 2009
reddneck neighbor
Can He Govern

United States

#5 Sep 3, 2009
Can bob lead effectively when he is a notorious adulterer, by his own admission? Most of us lose all respect for someone who does that, particularly an elected official.

And bob's circle of friends has always included some unsavory characters, if you know what I mean.
No Special Interests

United States

#6 Sep 3, 2009
The special interest is the interest he has in himself and his 'allies'.

I remember being in town hall one day and him telling me to leave his 'friends' alone. To not bother his buddies Paulsen and Crnic. I could not believe my ears. The First Selectman was trying to protect these two.

Now it turns out he had too much of a 'special interest' in this woman. All he had to do to avoid this exploding was to walk away when she walked away. Or when Finch asked him to forget her. Or when Finch asked him a second time.

It is terrible to see this strife and turmoil. He has no one to blame but himself. The timing may be politically convenient but he's the one with a zipper problem that got him in trouble, not his political opponents. By his own admission this married man stepped out on his wife, the mother of his children, and this is where it led. Tragic.

His biography says he was in the National Guard. No National Guard units were deployed to Vietnam. Just ask George W Bush. Not one Guardsman went to 'Nam. If he said in public, on the record, that he went I think he has more trouble coming.

Waterbury, CT

#7 Sep 3, 2009
Mr. Burke your still getting our Votes in November....Hang in there
Stick with Burke

Danbury, CT

#8 Sep 4, 2009
Givin the alternative choices, Burke's still got my vote. He may not walk on water, but he's not a phony politician. He's a real person with a lot of good intentions.
Good Luck

United States

#9 Sep 4, 2009
This is turning into more of a circus each day. If he wants to run, then good luck to him. It does appear that his mug shot has fallen into the hands of the News Times.

Just the documented facts in the complaint against him make him a rather unsavory character. The phone records combined with the statements of the police chief and captain reveal a serious problem.

I don't want his dealing with that problem while he is my first selectman and I certainly don't want him there if he refuses to deal with that problem.

Is it not about time that we had some more even tempered, level headed management for the town? Either of his opponents would offer that.

United States

#10 Sep 4, 2009
Dan - I'd like to ask your wife what she thinks about his cheating. And fourth generation Bethelite, you grew up in Danbury.

Gloucester, MA

#11 Sep 4, 2009
Where was Burke while he was philandering this woman? He was in the town vehicle - BL1! How do I know this? I know his former girlfriend, and she told me. I hear from someone close to town hall that he was also caught in the act at the woman's business during town time when someone opened the barn door, and there he was with his trousers down.

While on town time, the clown would be seen parked on Miry Brook Road staring at the daughter's jobsite, because the daughter was driving the mother's truck. This would happen various times of the day - almost every day for a year or more.

The affidavit says he would show up at the victim's place of employment. What time of the day do you think that was? Yes, it was on town time, when he was supposedly working!

If anyone has seen Burke's truck still in his driveway at 9:30 - 10am, you know Burke's not a morning person. So, why when he was stalking his victim in MA did he claim he was a regular at a coffee shop near by - at 5 am (!) when he can't even drag himself to work - right down the road - until an hour after to town hall opens?

And, finally, does anyone actually believe that driving by Wooster Street in Danbury (the daughter's house) is anywhere remotely necessary when going between Burke's house on Greenwood Ave and the town hall?

United States

#12 Sep 4, 2009
What is this about Burke and Vietnam? Where and when did he serve?

Avon, CT

#14 Sep 4, 2009
The chief beneficiary of all of this will be Knickerbocker. IF HE REALLY CARED ABOUT BETHEL BURKE WOULD BOW OUT.

Hartford, CT

#16 Sep 4, 2009
Witness wrote:
Mr. Burke your still getting our Votes in November....Hang in there
Such a basic careless error reveals everything I need to know about you.

All the illiterate, toothless, backward, hillbillies in Bethel will support Burke because he is one of them. Don't underestimate the stupidity of the electorate. Don't be surprised when Bob Burke gets 1200 votes.
So what

Gloucester, MA

#17 Sep 4, 2009
bethel parents wrote:
Even more troubling than this petty political scandal is that there is allegedly a former porn star living in VERY close proximity to the school complex. It is rumored that this person was also hired by the school superintendent as a substitute teacher. This is very troubling if, in fact, this is true. Does anyone know anything about this?
Porn star and pedophile are not the same. The porn star's old nemesis was a pedophile.(Yep, he likes young boys, and they must have a lot in argentina, just like they did in Thailand) The porn star was being done by women who wanted to do it, who were the age of consent, and that was 30 years ago.

Give it up and leave the guy alone.

Bethlehem, CT

#18 Sep 4, 2009
Hey Dan,

What exactly are the "interests" the supposed special interest groups are trying to put forth?

It's a convenient excuse for your support of Burke but how about some facts. The only "interest" most of us have is that we don't want a cheating, criminal as our leader. That shouldn't be too hard to understand.

In light of the charges it would also be in the town's best interest for Burke to resign immediately.
two can distract

Danbury, CT

#19 Sep 4, 2009
wasn't one the pro bethel closet-cases arrested a few years back for buying alcohol for an underage boy? one who moved to a country notorious for underage and male prostitution? and these guys call themselves conservatives!?

Danbury, CT

#20 Sep 4, 2009
i have a "special interest" in keeping a self confessed liar and adulterer out of the top office in town.

Middletown, CT

#21 Sep 4, 2009
nobodys listening wrote:
great timing dan, just in time for this:
Where will you be going when the foreclosure is done?
I hear there's a vacant apartment in Argentina where Matt Paulsen used to live! Buh Bye
Could we please leave Mr. Gaita's unfortunate personal financial situation out of the discussion? Whether Mr. Gaita is currently solvent or not has no bearing on the matter at hand and neither should it detract or enhance the effect of his positions - they should stand or fall based on their merits. And while I'm on here, can we also leave Mr. Lerman alone? He apparently had a small role in a pornographic film over 30 years ago. Have you never heard of the indiscretions of youth? I fail to see why he should now be perceived as some kind of threat to the children of our community.

I'm curious as to why some of you have almost a pathological need to air your neighbors' dirty laundry - you are doing a disservice to the individual and to the town of Bethel.
Email him

Danbury, CT

#22 Sep 4, 2009
Dan can be contacted directly via email: [email protected] he has been very receptive to all questions and has posted everything associated with all details of Burke and everyone else regardless of party… He put his name on the news times opinion article today and he goes on TV to talk about the issues….those of you that hate him hide out here and talk to yourselves…Maybe Dan should resign as treasurer and write himself in on the ballot for selectman…..what a twist that would be.

Dan’s kept to the truth….can any of you say the same?

Why was nick with the police commissioner in Burkes office as stated on page 4 of the affidavit? Isn’t that an ethics violation? HMMM
Show time

Danbury, CT

#23 Sep 4, 2009
If anyone missed last nights live call-in show on comcast with Bob Burke and Bill Slifkin it will air tomorrow (Friday) at 12:00noon Comcast Ch 23. Set your recorders and get out the pop-corn.

A must watch for those wanting the truth.

Special guest call-ins by Nick Ellis and Paul Improta. Don’t miss this show! It’s a real eye opener!

I’m sticking with Burke and Slifkin! www.burke2009.com

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