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In fact, a close look at the primary results seems to indicate that the results in the primary did little to mend wounds between supports and critics of the present leadership of the DTC.
Here's my take regarding the post-primary breakdown of the committee and why I feel that things could become rather ugly when the members of the DTC cast their votes for leadership next Monday.
Currently, the committee comprises of 28 members from the city's 7 wards (4 members per ward). In order to have a majority, one would need 15 votes. On Tuesday, challengers to the current DTC leadership picked up a total of 8 seats.
1st Ward: Warren Levy, Elefo Furtado, Beth Bogues
2nd Ward: Susan Ward
6th Ward: Ben Chianese, John Gogliettino, Joan Hodge, Richard Kaback
So far, based only on the primary results, those who want to give current DTC chairman Joe DaSilva his pink slip have 8 out of the 15 votes needed to remove the head of the committee.
This is a list of members of the town committee who were not challenged in the primary.
Lori Kaback, Lynn Taborsak, Billy Taylor, and Bill Tanner
Tom Saadi, Alice Earle, Francis Kieras, and Rose Schlemmer
Catherine Conciatore, Joe DaSilva, Elenor Lewis, and Pat McCleary
Glenda Armstrong, Phil Cervone, Julie Kushner, and Bruce Lees
In order for the DaSilva to lose his chairmanship, the challengers on the committee need 7 more votes from the pool of members who were not challenged.
From my crunching of the numbers (and without naming any names), based on my understanding of the DTC, and talking to various members of the committee, here's my take of the current state of the local Democratic Party.
From members of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th ward, there are a total of 6 members who are solid behind a change in leadership. This brings the number of DTC members who will vote for change increases from 8 to 14 members with at least 2-3 wild card votes from people who could vote either way. In reality, the challengers should have 16-17 votes, but as someone who's attended his fair share of DTC meetings, anything can happen and a vote for or against new leadership is never guaranteed (even more so if the vote is done via/secret ballot as opposed to a hand vote).
In the end, what does this mean for the future of the DTC? One word: chaos.
The two camps fighting for control of the DTC are not new to those who know politics in Danbury…in fact, these two camps have been battling for control of the committee for at least 10 years (and I use the term "at least" lightly). The concern for Democrats in Danbury shouldn't be who leads the committee after the vote on Monday, but rather the division which become more apparent after the primary vote Tuesday night.
Whoever takes control of the DTC will probably lead a committee that will be very divided. Add the fact that there will be at least 2 to 3 people on the committee which will have no loyalty to either camp, and you have a situation where whoever winds up leading the DTC will preside over a committee which comprises of two camps that don't see eye to eye on much of anything.
Needless to say that the DTC's next meeting on Monday night should be rather interesting to say the least.