Disclaimer: I know practically nothing about municiple matters and politics in Pomfret. The only thing I know about Tim NcNally is that he made a typo in his zoning issue surrounding the right of bloggers to blog – he left off the “b”. The only thing I know about Jim Rivers is that he abhors anonymous bloggers. This puts him in the same club as the last three First Selectman candidates in Woodstock – Walker, Wholean, and the CEO Valentine. Before today I knew nothing about David Smutnick except that someone told me that McNally and Rivers don’t communicate with him. Today he gave them good reason. John
David Smutnick is a Selectman in Pomfret. His Letter to the Editor of the Villager today tells us why many citizens of our towns pay little or no attention to municipal affairs, and punish towns at referendums with NO votes. A fair percentage of Smutnick’s Letter was quotes of Tim McNally (Selectman) and Jim Rivers (First Selectman) tape recorded statements at two consecutive Selectman meetings in late June and early July. If you read the tape recorded statements by McNally and Rivers, you gain some respect for them and lose respect for Smutnick who comes off like a schmucknick.
In the first meeting McNally refused to second a motion on a gun permit application (he abstains from all gun permit actions) for someone he knew indirectly and Rivers was absent. Smutnick pressed him on it so McNally elaborated and his statement was recorded. For Smutnick, this was a ‘gotcha’ moment. He ended up playing the recorded statement to the applicant and the applicant called McNally.
It should be noted that Smutnick did not quote anything he said to McNally or Rivers or the gun permit applicant.
I don’t know the particulars of what was said in all three conversational interactions. What I do know from common sense is that Smutnick has a mission to undermine McNally and Rivers (rightly or wrongly), and those two will not be having any further conversations with Smutnick.
We have the same situation here in Woodstock with our Board of Education, the most important Board in every northeastern CT town. Smutnick is doing the same subversive thing with his Board as Steven Rosendahl has been and is doing with the help of two ridiculous litigants, Craig Powers and Preston Shultz. Rosendahl now sits on the Board of Education and is a conduit of information to Powers and Shultz who continue to litigate against the school system. These three are more sophisticated than Smutnick because they have every facial expression and statement on videotape.
The common thread between Smutnick and the three stooges of Woodstock is weird conspiracy theories. These people live in their own imaginary world.
Would somebody explain to me what is going on in Pomfret? Contrary to Rivers’ belief, no names are required. The truth will shine through.
Tim McNally once said that Woodstock has its “Sunnis and Shiites” implying that Pomfret didn’t have the same problem. I was amused by this characterization because I had already written “Woodstockistan.” I guess that Pomfret has its share of Sunnis and Shiites also.