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Temple, Haney Open Headquarters [Video]

GOP candidates plan to meet with several residents before the election.

Republican First Selectman candidate George Temple opened his campaign headquarters at 318 Oxford Road - next to  - last week in front of an estimated crowd of 60 people.

He discussed his plans for campaigning, which includes grinding the old shoe leather on door-to-door campaigns and dialing phones on a regular basis to get across his message and that of his running mate, selectman candidate Jeff Haney.

Haney and Temple held a meet-and-greet session with Republicans and discussed their campaigns thus far with a reporter before addressing the standing room only crowd in a quaint headquarter office space where most of the campaign legwork will be conducted.

“Jeff and I want to do what is best for the town,” Temple said, adding that they want people to share with them what they think that will be.

Meanwhile, Temple and Haney said they will spread their message about marketing the community for business, a plan they discussed at length while addressing supporters. Oxford has had some success in recent years in bringing business to Oxford . But Temple said the success of late seems a little overplayed by Schuler and the current administration.

Putting Business Success Into Perspective

Temple took some shots at Schuler on Thursday.

Speaking about a new company that just broke ground in Oxford, , which Schuler said last week at a press conference will bring a conservative $30,000 a year in taxes to Oxford, Temple responded that is good because, well, business is always good as it brings tax revenue. But, Temple said, it’s not going to save Oxford taxpayers a ton.

“With $30,000, you can’t educate three school children,” he told supporters, adding that it’s not enough to pay Schuler’s more than $49,000 annual salary.

Temple also said he wouldn’t call a press conference to “pat myself on the back” every time a business comes to Oxford.

Temple went on to say that he plans to bring business to town that is the right type of business Oxford is looking for. The community must decide what that type of business is, he said, and then work to lure those industries.

Marketing Oxford to Businesses

What Schuler calls economic development, Temple said he calls “marketing the town." If elected, Temple indicated he would sell current and potential business owners on the idea of moving to Oxford. 

“It’s my passion,” Temple said of marketing Oxford to businesses. “It’s all I think about. I don’t care if the economy is bad; the economy is bad for everyone. I think it’s time for us to be creative and differentiate ourselves from the types of towns we are competing with for business.”

He said Shelton, where he has his attorney's office, has the right idea: municipal leaders lure business that fits the mold of the town’s overall development plan, he said. And, he said, Oxford has something other towns do not that it should take more advantage of: the Waterbury-Oxford Airport. He believes the runway will lure businesses from all over if it is marketed the right way.

Fellow Republicans on the state level, including state Rep. David K. Labriola, R-Oxford, and Sen. Rob Kane, R-Watertown, have worked with Schuler in attempts to bring an to lure more businesses to the area. But that plan was vetoed by Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat. Kane, who has been extremely critical of Malloy's decision, said during a business leaders meeting last week that he is again working to see that plan to fruition.

Discovering Superhero Fetishes?

Temple and Haney said they have knocked on hundreds of doors since they announced their candidacies. Temple said he’s glad to bring Haney - who has garnered the most votes of any GOP selectman candidate in both the primary and the Republican caucus - because Haney knows many people in town.

“I have made a lot of friends over the years, and they are coming out to support me,” Haney explained.

But, Temple said, campaigning with Haney can be draining in terms of time: Temple says people want to talk to Haney, and that in four hours one day, the duo visited just three homes because potential voters wanted to chit-chat.

“So now I’ve assigned Jeff to Chestnut Tree Hill, and I expect he will be done in March,” Temple quipped.

While most of the house calls have been described as pleasant, there was at least one that was rather odd. Temple said a man answered the door wearing Superman underwear.

“The man said to me that first impressions mean a lot and pointed out that I had a mustard stain on my shirt,” Temple explained to supporters. “So I told him, ‘Sir, you do know you’re standing here in Superman briefs, right?’ …And now I’ve got a sign on his lawn; I love the guy.”

Despite the strange experience, Temple and Haney say they are undaunted. They plan to wear out a couple pairs of shoes apiece before the election.

“I want to hear people’s concerns, plans, thoughts,” Temple said. “And if they want, they can meet up with me here (at headquarters). If I’m not here, I will come down. If I’m not available, people know where to find me.”

George R. Temple October 04, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Oxforddem and other Dems When I first announced that I was running, the rumor was that I made a deal With MADR to retain her administrative assistant. I believe the same people that are touting all these other rumors championed that one. Your tactic is to repete something enough, someone might give you credibility. Carol, if and when I want to call you I will. Please don't call me,I've seen enough. Respectfully George
Baba Booey October 04, 2011 at 10:14 PM
Paul, since barbs are being traded back and forth between Carol and George, can you look into the truth such as KOG's relationship to Mr. Hard, if Mr. Hard is now George's Campaign Manager and what happened to Blake, what happened in Seymour, and why George appears to be already paying favor to KOG by running the Carver's and now their financial supporter as George's Campaign Manager? Just as you checked into a story about Joe Calabrese, I think this deserves attention too. At the same time, look into anything you hear about the Dems to keep this fair.
Keep Oxford Green October 05, 2011 at 12:50 AM
Hundreds of Oxford Residents have donated to Keep Oxford Green (KOG). We do not accept more than $750.00 from a single individual in a given year, we do not accept corporate donation, we do not accept commercial donations and we do not donate to other political parties e.g. The Republicans. This is a matter of record. There is no secret. So why do you make it sound so _ _ _ _ _. And it is no secret that MADR, McKane, Calabrese, Carol Georgette - Chairman of the Democratic Town Committee, and Janis Hardy are in favor of the Incentive Housing Zone (High Density Housing) so you know that KOG will not support them. Who is really trying to hide stuff here, “Made in Ct Fair” is actually a fundraiser for the Democratic Party yet it is not represented as such, many residents are not aware and most likely the vendors are not aware. It would be interesting to know how much money was donated to the Democratic Party and it’s candidates from the former Democratic Tax Collector, who has been charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars maybe millions of dollars from Oxford Residents. And how much has been donated from contractors whom will be rewarded. next
Keep Oxford Green October 05, 2011 at 12:54 AM
And really, if you, Baba Booey, Pinch Hitter, OxfordGOP, are so above board, if you are not trying to hide something, then why don’t you tell us, your family, your fellow residents (if you really are residents of Oxford) who you are, or would you like us to post a guess, eg. Brett. As the old saying goes, “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones” Ed Carver Co-founder KOG
Pinch Hitter October 05, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Actually, the rumor was you asked Bill Johnson, Democrat and Chairman of P & Z, but he turned you down.
Pinch Hitter October 05, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Keep guessing. The real question is, who is Jay Hard? What is his connection to KOG and now to the George Temple campaign?
Keep Oxford Green October 05, 2011 at 01:19 AM
No, the real question is why are YOU hiding!!!! Ed Carver
Barbarian October 05, 2011 at 02:59 AM
Rumor has it Augie Palmer is running George's campaign from the side lines. BTW- Weren't the Carver's living in an industrial building for some time against zoning regulations? And they want to talk about "affordable" housing?
Pinch Hitter October 05, 2011 at 04:38 AM
Be careful Barbarian, George may threaten to sue you too as he did with Carol. A lawyer will always be a lawyer!
Barbarian October 05, 2011 at 04:43 AM
Key words "rumor has it", I know the game better than he does. The one on the Carver's is a question NOT a statement.
Ron Loves Oxford October 05, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Barbarian, Augie Plamer IS running the Temple campaign. Unfortunately for the town (if Temple wins) he (Palmer) will be the real "First Selectman". Scarry thought, yes!
Barbarian October 05, 2011 at 02:01 PM
As much as I like George he won't be getting my vote due to the fact he is a "Palmer Puppet".
Jennifer October 05, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Janis - no fair confusing this issue with actual facts! KOG will have none of that!!!
Barbarian October 05, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Hey Dave, the only thing I "fear" about Mr. Palmer is the damage he will inflict upon the Town of Oxford. BTW- I'm a Republican.
Ron Loves Oxford October 05, 2011 at 08:52 PM
Barbarian, Glad you are a Republican, I was thinking of switching to one, but Temple heading the GOP ticket NO WAY. I agree, Palmer caused a great deal of tension in the town and lied his way through it as First Selectman. Temple has him in the cornor, Palmer expects something in return.
Barbarian October 06, 2011 at 12:34 AM
Ron, Don't let them stop you from switching to a Republican. I'm bigger on the national picture and could go either way in the local elections.
Bernard October 06, 2011 at 02:24 AM
While most of the Republican ticket is a waste this year (P&Z, BOE, BOF) - Janis Hardy - running as a petitioning candidate is a great choice for P & Z. She has an independent streak that is more of what we need in Oxford. She makes herself expert on the regs and is as tough as they come. While I won't be voting for (m)any Republicans this time around, I will vote for her because she is the real deal. At this level, it really is the person not the party.
Barbarian October 06, 2011 at 02:35 AM
One thing about Janice, she does her homework. She has also learned why God gave you two ears and one mouth. Way to go Janice!
Kenn Maher October 06, 2011 at 04:29 AM
This is to Keep Oxford Green. Made in Ct Fair(5th year by the way) does not hide the fact it is sponsored by Dem Party, we are proud of the fact we bring together vendors from all over the state that make their wares in Conn.Our press releases and flyers specifically state sponsored by ODTC and vendors make checks to ODTC. We don't try to hide anything, Just trying to bring a little class to our community. Kenn Maher
Blake Denham October 06, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Carol, You have NOT tried to reach me many TIMES! If you say that you have then YOU ARE A LIER! My father in law was rushed to the hospital early last week and I have been helping my 84 year old mother in law get back and forth! I EXPECT AN APOLOGY, which I'm sure will never come. You have my phone #. I AM GEORGE'S MANAGER AND IF YOU YOU TO REACH ME, CALL. You should try to be constructive and stop with your erractic behavior, it's very unattractive. There, did I set the record straight? Or, is it just not to your liking? I try to avoid people like yourself who only ATTACK PEOPLE AND HAVE NOTHING POSITIVE TO BUILD ON! NEXT!
carol October 06, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Blake! I did try to reach you repeatedly and left messages on your home telephone and also on your cell phone. It was Jay Hard who replied to me and explained that you work in Westchester, etc. I passed along Jay's telephone number to those in need of it. Jay also told me to contact him in the future when we need to communicate with your side. I can understand your frustration with having to manage some important, personal issues and I feel very badly for everyone involved in it. However, thank you for clarifying your status as George Temple's campaign manager.
Blake Denham October 06, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Carol Georgette, I'm sorry I called you a "lier", I meant to say "YOU ARE A LIAR"!
carol October 06, 2011 at 02:41 PM
No Blake, I am not a liar and I am not lying about trying to contact you repeatedly and leaving messages. Jay Hard responded to me; not you. Again, I am sorry you have had some personal issues to deal with during the last week or so.
Blake Denham October 06, 2011 at 03:06 PM
OK Carol. Why are you "repeatedly" harrassing me and calling me at all hours of the day and night? In addition to working long hours I have had to deal with very serious family health issues. Your insensitive harrassment either STOPS OR I WILL FILE CHARGES OF HARRASSMENT AND TAKE LEGAL ACTION! DO YOU UNDERSTAND? DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION? I VERY GLAD TO SEE YOU ADMIT THAT YOU CONTINUALLY CALL AND FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN PERSONAL GAIN AND TO HARRASS! STOP NOW WITH CHILDISH NONSENSE AND STICK TO WHATS REALLY IMPORTANT TO OXFORD RESIDENTS! OUR FUTURE! OBVIOUSLY YOU PUT YOU INFRONT OF EVERYONE ELSE! You could care less about senior citzens and their concerns as long as you make YOUR point! My career and my families health is more important than your selfish AGENDA! ONE MORE HARRASSING CALL OR HARRASSING COMMENT AND I WILL TAKE LEGAL ACTION!
carol October 06, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Blake, what in the world are you talking about now? On this particular blog, I asked a simple question: is it you or Jay Hard that is George's campaign manager? No clarification provided. Let's recap for a moment. You and I spoke about setting up a forum and you were to gain agreement or not from George Temple. You said you would get back to me within 48 to 72 hours. You did not. I gave it another 48 hours, assuming you were busy. Finally, since a decision was needed by a particular date, and you knew that date, I called you...but not "all" hours of the days and nights. Frankly, sometimes I do sleep. :) Instead, Jay Hard called me. He was apologetic for the long wait-time and when I asked about you, Jay explained you work in Westchester. However, he did not mention you were having serious personal issues. Jay informed me to call him "going forward, for everything." I have his cell number now. I passed it along to the seniors who needed it at the time, on everyone's behalf; not mine! Does Jay Hard know you have "resumed" the role of campaign manager for George Temple now? Shall I discard Jay's cell number? Am I to call him or you going forward? You can see the confusion, correct??
Baba Booey October 07, 2011 at 01:18 AM
Blake, aren't you George's Campaign Manager? Carol, aren't you the Chairman of the DTC or Joe's Campaign Manager? I would think that if Carol is calling, it probably has to do with setting up a Debate or two, when is that happening and why hasn't that happened yet? I also find it quite telling that Blake threatens Carol for calling him, which I would do if I were trying to set-up debates, but George also threatens Carol because he doesn't want her looking into some Seymour incident involving George. I'll sue you for this, I will sue you for that, George and Blake, you guys need to stop your baby whining and fess up to any past mistakes that may have been made a while back and have a healthy debate between the Selectman candidates so that we can see yoiu two in action. Stop the whining already!
SteveW October 11, 2011 at 12:51 PM
This is extraordinarily disturbing. I do not usually get overly involved in town politics as I think the more pressing issues are on a state and national level. The obscene amount of Temple/Haney signs I see everywhere in town sent me to the web looking for more information on the candidates. Are the people who commented here really running for office, committee board members, and/or campaign managers? If so, I am offended, terrified, and embarrassed. Aside from the myriad of spelling and grammatical errors, their responses have resorted to name calling and threats of lawsuits? If I did not know better, I would think these people were running for 8th grade class president. As someone who has lived in Oxford their entire life, I am scared for the town's future. As someone who is shopping for a new home, neighboring towns are becoming increasingly attractive.
Jennifer October 11, 2011 at 02:22 PM
First you state to CG that "You have NOT tried to reach me many TIMES! If you say that you have then YOU ARE A LIER!" and a few posts later you claim she's "harrassing" you to the point that you plan to take legal action? Ummmm, I'm confused. Which is it?
Lorraine October 11, 2011 at 03:42 PM
I agree with Steve W, and wonder how any of this is bringing Oxford together. As a fellow life-long resident, I know that our town deserves better than this. In my opinion, Mr. Yish was trying to make improvements to the political climate in town, but apparently the Republican party wants to revert back to its old ways of Palmer…
Ron Loves Oxford October 11, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Lorraine you are so right! Can you really trust Temple? NO! Look who is running his camp. I will not join the GOP with these men in charge. The Oxford Republican Party should be embarrassed. And for the Temple signs, look where they are at STOP signs, I guess peopel are embarrased to have them on the front lawn!

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