This Wednesday, Oct. 23, some 4,000 Oxford residents who receive the Voices newspaper will see a colorful but false and misleading insert from the Temple-Haney campaign touting its record on economic development in town.

“The four-page insert is one big lie,” says David Heim, Democratic candidate for First Selectman. He adds: “The insert shows photos of 17 projects in Oxford and makes it seem as if George Temple and his Economic Development Director had a hand in them. They did not. And a document on the town’s own web site proves that they did not.”

Heim adds: “Neither Temple nor his Economic Development Director seem to have bothered reading that document. It details the truth about these economic development projects. Will someone please tell George Temple that his pants are on fire?”

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to see the documents)

Heim says: “The facts are clear: Even though he said it was his top priority when he ran for office, Temple has done nothing to bring new commercial and industrial development to Oxford, broadening the tax base. And that means homeowners have to pay for Temple’s big spending increases. The Industrial Grand List has dropped 2.7 percent under George Temple; in the six years before he took office, it nearly doubled. If Temple doesn’t want the voters of Oxford to know the truth about his economic development record, how can he be trusted to run the town responsibly?”

These are the worst falsehoods in the flyer:

Oxford Greens. This over-55 residential development is shown twice. The project was approved in 2004. It has nothing to do with commercial or industrial development. George Temple had nothing to do with its approval or its current expansion.

Cavalry Brewing. This business came to town before Temple took office.

B. United International. This company moved to Oxford in 2008 and has periodically added on to its building. The most recent addition was begun before Temple took office.

Xenon Arch Lighting. The town approved this project in 2007. Temple had nothing to do with it.

New Roller Bearing Corp. Building. The town approved this project in 2007. Temple had nothing to do with it.

Farrell Pomini. This business moved to town before Temple took office.

A.D.Z. @ Oxford Airport. This refers to the new economic development zone that Gov. Dannel Malloy recently established. The impetus for this zone came from Temple’s predecessor and from State Sen. Rob Kane, not from George Temple.

Oxford Airport New Hangar. This project was in development before Temple took office. But Temple’s refusal to sell a site to the project’s developer may well have spoiled relations between the town and the developer.

Balfor Industries Inc. This company purchased its building before Temple took office. Temple had no role in Balfor’s decision to locate in Oxford.

Tanya Carver October 22, 2013 at 06:02 AM
David Heim, you have brought only negativity to this campaign and to the Town of Oxford. You are starting to sound like MADR. I guess it’s not a surprise since it appears that she has also endorsed the ODTC Slate for the upcoming elections. Interesting that you received a copy of the Voices even before it has been published, talk about a newspaper’s disclosure policy prior to the paper’s actual circulation. Thank you for alerting Oxford Residents that this Wednesday’s Edition will actually have an insert worth reading, can't wait. To all Oxford Residents, let’s continue to Keep Oxford a Kinder-Gentler Town, Re-Elect Temple/Haney. VOTE ROW A ----- ALL THE WAY
carol October 22, 2013 at 07:34 AM
David Heim brings the truth to our residents. The information in the insert is filled with lies. Lies may not concern you but they do concern the rest of the town.
Will Wilkin October 22, 2013 at 08:14 AM
What is a voter to do when he wants a positive spirit of cooperation and optimism, an assumption of goodwill by all parties involved in our common ground of using politics and government to make a better community? From what I've seen so far, those in town who want to be involved have to join up with one gang or the other and, either lie or throw mud. Why would anyone want to waste time and emotion in that? It is like a microcosm of what is wrong with American politics at large. Fighting on the Titanic I think is what they call it. There is only so much that can be done at the local level to try to grow an economy that is bleeding out the national bottom through huge chronic trade deficits and disintegration of manufacturing, which is the anchor of all the other sectors and the core of wealth-creation in any prosperous nation.
Will Wilkin October 22, 2013 at 08:32 AM
I don't mean to say the people in politics are bad, actually I thank those at the local level for their public service and what I assume to be a care for the public good. It is more the process I condemn, especially the party system, that seems to divide the community and pit their adherents against each other. That is corrosive of the spirit of common interest and common ground that we need. The vast majority of people in both parties seem to me to be good people, but the adversarial politics makes it hard to get together. Especially at the national level we seem to be at the verge of Constitutional crisis and economic collapse, but partisanship seems more important than independent thought for the rank and file, and power & wealth seem the only concern of the leadership. Luckily the local politics don't seem that bad, but still, imagine abandoning blind party loyalties and looking at each other as partners in an honest discussion about the best way forward....
Peter Bunzl October 22, 2013 at 08:51 AM
David Heim pointing out some false information in a Voices inset is not bringing negativity to this election campaign. It is an individuals attempt to highlight deliberate false impressions his opponent for the office of first selectman is attempting to have us believe is the truth. If that is what Mrs. Carver believes is bringing negativity to a campaign then I urge we need a lot more of it. I thank Mr. Heim in his sincere attempt to let us know the truth. Why would Mary Ann Drayton Rogers not endorse the Democratic slate? She is a Democrat and served this town faithfully for four years.
Joe Blow October 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Well Will, it appears we can agree on another subject here as well, to some degree. Peter is also correct, pointing out lies from an opponent is not negativity as some would lead you to believe to divert from the truth. Politicians are good at that, look what we have sitting in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Forrest Gump October 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM
My guess is Ms. Carver accuses the weatherman of being negative when he says it is going to rain.
JYD October 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM
It would have been nice if Heim spent more time outlying his plan economic plan in detail the past two months instead of dedicating his time to attacks and criticism. At the end of the day, he's a still a faceless candidate with no actionable plan and detailed, stated goals on the record. "Improving economic development" and "replacing the team" mean squat and show someone who is afraid to take a stand. And now it's too late. I developed a lot more respect for the Temple/Haney camp, as the mud-slinging has really only come from the Democrat side.
Jane Maher October 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Negative campaigning typically involves attacking one's opponent on a personal level/lifestyle issues/digging up dirt on them that may not effect the town (state/country) directly. Stating the truth is not negative campaigning, especially if it concerns Oxford's Grand List. I'm certainly glad that David Heim has pointed out economic accomplishments that were achieved prior to George Temple taking office. I'm hoping that Mr. Temple wasn't assuming that most residents don't check dates. Mr. Heim simply made it much easier for us. And, of course Mary Ann endorsed Heim! Am I surprised that Palmer is/was backing Temple?
Forrest Gump October 22, 2013 at 01:59 PM
JYD, what is Temple's record? Spending is all I can see! His focus should have been on increasing revenue. Temple and Haney - Together Again... Yeah, together again spending our tax dollars!!!!!!!!! And furthermore, what is Temple's plan? His plan appears to be, "trust me." We did trust him two years ago and what do we have to show for it?
JYD October 22, 2013 at 02:15 PM
And I go back to my original point... Show me what you got instead of telling me everything is someone else's fault. It's the same sorry rhetoric we get out of DC and Hartford. To your question of what we have to show for it? Let's start with I love the field, I love playscape, and I love the dog pound. And if it costs me a few extra tax dollars, I can live with it. Temple said he would do them, and he did. So yes, I trust him more than someone who appears only to point fingers.
Peter Bunzl October 22, 2013 at 02:15 PM
JYD......... The Heim-McKane Team has laid out an economic plan that was mentioned in postcard mailing. Among their plans were to "work with community leaders, developers,and other town officials to unlock projects that have been stalled for at least two years." They also mentioned that they "would work alongside the Planning and Zoning Commission to encourage appropriate commercial development near the Airport and away from Route 67". They wrote that they would "replace old, unsafe equipment the the DPW, firefighters, and the ambulance corps now use." They said they plan to "invest in new equipment to keep all residents safe. Explore purchase-lease agreements to get the equipment at the lowest possible cost." There were other suggestions. But I hope I've made the point that there is a plan(s). There is an actionable plan with stated goals from someone who is not as you say "a faceless candidate." And if you feel that by disputing false claims in a newspaper insert is "mudslinging" then I simply don't know what else to tell you other than mudslinging is defined as"one who uses offensive epithets and invective especially against a political opponent." I don't define the truth as that! If you contacted the Oxford Democratic Town Committee I'm sure they would gladly send you the mailing I wrote about.
Publicola October 22, 2013 at 02:34 PM
As with all his previous comments concerning economic development which now extend back over two months, Mr. Heim is still unable to provide solutions or a plan. To date, all he has offered is negativity, signaling a weak leader. Temple and Haney on the other hand, over a short period, have demonstrated an ability to make quick decisions, put a plan in place, and get the job done. Although the emphasis over much of their short 1st term, has been dedicated to the HS field and track and other similar, one should consider that had the field and track project remained in the hands of the Democratic appointed committee, the final solution would have been greatly more expensive and not existent today. My findings tell me that Temple and Haney have saved Oxford taxpayers one to two million dollars on this project alone. I further suspect the beautiful and functional field and track may prove a beneficial magnet towards attracting brand new economic development during a hopeful 2nd term when their emphasis shifts towards growing the type of grand list which brings down our mil rate. Go Wolverines, and I mean all sports. During the previous Democratic administration, similar to today’s claim being made by Mr Heim, there was no new economic development. All development which occurred during those four Democratic years was carry over and due to the effort of Republican hired Mr Schuler. Unlike his Democratic predecessor, when Mr. Temple took office, he did not have the advantage of a seasoned economic development director. Also, at great expense to Oxford, voters should consider that during those four Democratic years GE and a local developer benefited greatly. Temple and Haney have demonstrated a true bipartisanship approach and have managed to greatly increase the sense of town unity. Until Heim and Democratic friends began their negative campaign, Oxford had begun to enjoy a renewed sense of quiet and friendliness again. Under the previous Democratic administration, this was not the case. I remind the voters that had our previous Democratic 1st Selectmen taken quick action concerning removal of Mrs. Guillet, our town would have fared much better financially during the court and sentencing process. Like the handling of GE and questionable developer relationships, that case of indecision, bad judgment, and misguided loyalty cost out community another million dollars or more. That’s a FACT and history lesson which should not be forgotten. This independent voter firmly believes that George and Jeff will now redirect their proven thinking and commitment towards greater emphasis on an economic plan which doesn’t destroy Oxford’s character.
Publicola October 22, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Run Forest run
Forrest Gump October 22, 2013 at 03:22 PM
So, two years in office and all we have is a football field and a playscape. Imagine what these guys can do with another two years!!! Anyone interested in an ice skating rink? I think that would be a great addition to the Temple record. Meanwhile our taxes continue to ratchet higher.
Forrest Gump October 22, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Publicola, as far as redirecting their efforts, why weren't they focused on economic development in the last two years? Their focus was solely to build a sports field and playscape? That is the kind of leadership you want? When the house is on fire, you don't wash the dishes.
Publicola October 22, 2013 at 03:41 PM
RFR, You can either continue the political game, or you you attempt to be thoughtful and digest what I have taken the time to write. Oxford's house is not on fire. In fact the "Oxford House" is undergoing a very nice renovation; something which the previous administration was letting go down the drain.
Forrest Gump October 22, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Please tell me you aren't trying to give credit to Temple for the Oxford House.
Publicola October 22, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Mrs. Maher (or is this Ken the VI hiding behind his wife's skirt again), I thank you for giving us your definition of negative campigning. This is exactly what the Democrats have been guilty of over the years, as experienced by the McKinnon family. I have no reason to think that history will not repeat itself knowing some of the characters who support the ODTC.
Publicola October 22, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Mr. Bunzl, Your thoughts regarding MADR's servive to our community may be challenged by many. This voter believes she created a great amount of unnecesaary friction, and as 1st Selectmen, cost Oxford a great amount of money.
Ed Rowland October 23, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I was looking forwrd to reading this flyer that is causing distress for some.I went to my mailbox and my Voices was in a tangled mess with no flyer.I would like to get a copy if anyone has a spare or is done reading it.Thanks.
carol October 23, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Ed, certainly you may have my copy. I don't want it anyway. Just let me know how I can get it to you. My phone number is in the telephone book, if you'd like to call. Best, C
Tanya Carver October 23, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Hello Ed, if you email me at tanya.carver@pb.com I have scanned it and will email it back :)
carol October 23, 2013 at 04:50 PM
A scanned copy simply does not do its due justice to such a fictional flyer. One has to see the real thing to get a taste of the inevitable and sincere disappointment in Temple. Wow...
Will Wilkin October 23, 2013 at 05:28 PM
For those who didn't get a copy of the Temple-Haney flier in Voices, I just got mine and offer this description: There is a 10-word question on the front cover "Has Oxford Had Economic Development In The Last 2 Years?" an inset 2-page photo spread with 17 pictures of commercial properties with the name of each business as pic captions, and then a back cover that says "Vote Republican Temple Haney" plus the legal obligatory "Paid for by Together Again 2013 Jan Wise Treasurer." As someone with zero attachment to any political party, concerned only with the good of the community in which my son goes to school and we reside, I offer my reaction to the Temple flier in context of the discussion above. Regarding Mr. Helm's critique quoted in the article above, which used the words “The four-page insert is one big lie,” that is the kind of rhetoric that repels me from politics, because it attacks Mr. Temple's character personally (nobody likes a liar) while grossly and thus unfairly overstating the offense. In actuality, Mr. Temple's minimalist text does not claim to have been the decisive factor in these economic developments, nor does he even claim to have done anything at all besides noting he has been in office during the time that steps were taken towards developing economic activity at these sites. Do I give him credit for all that economic development? Not necessarily, but he doesn't actually take credit. So it is a weak claim he makes, but certainly not a "lie." In fact, to me it seems that it is a lie to say he is lying. And nobody likes a liar.
Ed Rowland October 23, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Thanks Carol and Tanya.


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