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A letter to the self-described "bigpoppa"

Sunday, February 12, 2012
Time: 12:55 AM

Recently I have been disgusted with the Twitter and Facebook posting of someone that is supposed to be looked up to as a leader in our community. These public forums should be, if anything, an outlet for someone such as our mayor to convey important facts and relevant information to his public.

As a man in office his priorities should be school budgets, fixing the housing issues, unemployment and so much more. Instead we read about "Jersey Shore," lingerie football, getting his wife more "swag" and endlessly referring to himself as "Bigpoppa."

As a mother of two children I'm ashamed to have him setting the example of local politics to my children. Danbury has always been a great community to raise children in. I have grown up here and now raise my own children here. But to have a mayor use the internet to voice himself in such a way is not setting a good example to our youth.

My 15-year-old feels the same way as I do and refuses to even read his posts.

I understand we all have the option to read what's put out on the web or not, but as a mayor, these forums could be used to do so much good.

Inform the community about town meetings, let us know what is being done to improve our town. We all have a TV guide and we all hear the teenagers talk in the way he does. Set the example and improve the things around you before it's too late!

Shame on you!

Gail Spencer-Velez


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commented by Blogger Gail Velez, 12:20 AM  
Mark D. Boughton
6 hours ago
The point of social media is to connect, engage, and inform. If I can connect 1 person to gov. It's a win..
@MayorMark on Twitter · via Twitter

I guess Mr. "BigPoppa" saw my letter ... shame he thinks its ok to put himself out there in a way that make him sound like a uneducated non-political teenager !
Connect - sure, you "connect" with many people who are looking for information on the current state of Danbury.
Engage - the only thing that's engaging is the foul use of slang coming from a man that shouldn't be wasting time Facebooking on a weekday while most of us work for a living and not see progress our local government makes.
Inform - YES thank you, I love to know whats on TV at night, what your movie quote of the day is and all the other non-related government nonsense you waste your time on.

As in regards to the DHS Lockdown Drill

Mark D. Boughton
Feb 9 at 9:45am via Twitter
DHS Lockdown drill. Holla shorties.. #hatters

My daughter (a DHS student) deserves a bit more respect than that !! She's a young lady not a "shortie"

Time to pull the wool from over your eyes and DO your job !!!

"Dont like it, Dont read it" Immature Mark! IMMATURE !!!
commented by Blogger Gail Velez, 8:36 AM  
You are a humorless dolt. I feel terrible for your daughter.
commented by Blogger Ken Baylor, 10:05 AM  
Ah see my daughter will grow to have self respect,the knowledge needed to know better than to follow a useless leader and will stand up for what she believes in. As for you, I can only hope you dont have children of your own. They wouldn't stand a chance !!!!
commented by Blogger Gail Velez, 1:41 PM  

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