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The silent majority

Thursday, October 25, 2007
Time: 6:47 PM

It's been well over two weeks since the real Pauline Basso, Joel Urice, and Mary Teicholtz was exposed to the public.

Personally, I don't know what's more disgusting, the mere thought of Basso (yikes), the absolute ignorant defense of Basso (complete with claims that the messages weren't racist and linking the whole affair to illegal immigration) from Joel Urice and anti-immigrant cheerleader Lynn Waller, or the deafening silence from the entire Republican leadership.

Keeping a tab on things, the Weekly points out the obvious: The individuals who make up the Republican Party in Danbury are morally corrupt.
The saga of Pauline Basso, the Danbury common councilwoman caught forwarding xenophobic emails, continued last week, with the Democrats chiming in, the NAACP continuing to call for at least a public apology and the Republicans that elected her majority leader doing nothing short of absolutely nothing.

"The overall understanding is that she will never respond," says Minority Leader Thomas Saadi. A week after the Danbury NAACP unveiled the emails, Saado and the rest of the council's Democrats called for Basso to resign and for Mayor Mark Boughton not to appoint Joel Urice (part of her email list) back to his post on the Zoning Commission after "becoming aware that the Republicans were not doing anything to address the situation."

Boughton, continuing his high school?principal approach, set up a sit-down between Basso, Urice and Rev. Ivan Pitts of the Danbury NAACP.

"It was pleasant; she's a very likable person," says Pitts. "It wasn't a hostile meeting or anything. We just talked about how we got to where we are."

On whether education or resignation should end Basso-gate, Pitts says they are one and the same.

"I think if she understood the magnitude of what happened, she would resign," Pitts says of Basso, who slung around Latino caricatures, alarmist rhetoric about Muslims in London and a weird image of an iPod-clutching Ethiopian warrior to friends, neighbors, and political bedfellows.


We once again called Basso but her voice-mail box was full—probably with all the unreturned messages media outlets left in the two last weeks. We also emailed her, but she's probably skittish around the computer these days.

Council president Joe Cavo also did not return an email requesting comment (again) but he told radio station WLAD that the Republican Town Committee had a "three-hour meeting" about the emails, which apparently culminated in the decision to sit on their butts and do nothing.
Cowards all of them.

Instead of showing any sense of leadership, Joe Cavo takes a cue from his leader and hides in a spiderhole hoping for the whole Basso/Urice/Teicholtz fiasco to blow over.

It won't.

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