Reappointment to ethics board becomes...

Reappointment to ethics board becomes partisan event

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By: Dave Moran, Record-Journal staff 04/29/2009 WALLINGFORD - It started off as a simple matter but by the time the Town Council was finished it had proved anything but. The reappointment of Kenneth Secol to the town's Ethics Board started on the consent agenda of Tuesday's council meeting, but a polarizing debate that touched on everything from morals to the Constitution erupted after Chairman Michael Brodinsky pulled the item off the agenda for further scrutiny. The council ultimately voted 4-4, along party lines, not to reappoint Secol to the board, a five-person panel with three alternates that is appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the council to advise local officials on ethical matters. Democrat Vincenzo DiNatale abstained because he arrived at the tail end of the discussion. Secol is a Republican and a local attorney. Cook is pastor of First United Methodist Church on Old Rock Hill Road. But Brodinsky, a Democrat, said he took issue with Secol's appointment primarily because Secol made a $200 donation to Dickinson's 2007 re-election campaign. Brodinsky cited a recent decision by the Charter Revision Commission to propose amending the charter so that, among a number of other tighter standards, it bars anyone who has made political contributions in the past three years from serving on the ethics board. His stance, however, quickly cleaved the council along political lines. Jerry Farrell Jr., a Republican who has served on the council since 1995, termed Brodinsky's actions a "smear campaign" against Secol and said that if the council scrutinized every appointment in a similar manner, it would soon find itself unable to fill any posts on the board. He asked if Cook would be vetted in a similar manner. Dickinson, who defeated Brodinsky for mayor in 2003, said he thought it was a mistake to apply such standards to the board because it would eliminate a number of otherwise viable candidates. "I do think it's a mistake to say that the only people who can serve are the ones that show no interest in their town government. You have a constitutional right to support a candidate," Dickinson said Tuesday. "You can recuse yourself if you're too close to a person, and that's what we depend on."

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#1 May 12, 2009
EVERYTHING in the Brodinsky administration has been politically motivated. It is preposterous to think that just because someone made a donation to a candidate, that that individual can be impartial on an ethics board. If that individual,(on an individual basis) felt a conflict, they would be compelled to recuse themself. One must ask (given the "Brodinsky test" if Mr. Brodinsky himself would be suitable for the ethics board. This doesn't pass the smell test...

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