Tonight the Danbury Democratic Town Committee will hold their first monthly meeting since one of their members, Martha Rhodes faced heavy criticism and calls for her resignation after posting inflammatory commentary regarding Congressional candidate Jahana Hayes that many considered to be racist.
This is a critical moment for a town committee that still faces criticism over their support for former chairman and mayor Gene Eriquez after his arrest on spousal abuse charges. Unlike their ill-advised decision to stand behind the disgraced mayor, based on Rhodes NON-apology she made after her "apology" she made to the Newstimes, for the good of the party, the committee should do the right thing and ask one of their own to step down.
The meeting, which will take place at 7:30 PM at 161 Main Street, is open to the public...and open commentary is allowed at the start of the event.
In honor of my desire for Rhodes to spare the Danbury DTC further ridicule, here's a re-posting I originally wrote on August 7th.
This is rich.
After staying silent in face of the firestorm around her, on the same day that the Newstimes started an inquiry regarding her offensive and racist commentary regarding Jahana Hayes, Danbury Democratic Town Committee member Martha Rhodes posted the following message before temporarily deactivating her Facebook account.
In apologizing “if my personal commented in any way offended" anyone, Rhodes shows that she didn’t learn a thing from denigrating a person of color.
I felt excluded by her because I’m white and she repeatedly harped on how government should look like her while veiling her own racism with allusions to diversity and fairness in her final remarks.
To add salt to the wound, in response to a comment of support for her, Rhodes shows her true colors in calling her critics as people with "clouded lenses" and appears to takes umbrage over the entire dust-up.
By deflecting blame to her critics and not honestly accepting full ownership for her remarks, Rhodes shows that she learned nothing from her actions and is unfit to hold a position of the town committee.
Rhodes needs to resign...and she needs to resign now.