Contrasting opinions were not hard to find Tuesday at Greenwich Town Hall where a steady stream of voters were coming in between 8 and 9 a.m.
Most town residents said they came to vote because they never miss an election, but a majority also seemed energized by their respective candidates. David Kratovil said Tom Foley and Linda McMahon gave him excitement for this election because they have the business knowledge needed to lead the state.
“They are interesting candidates,” Kratovil said. “They have ideas about job creation and understand doing a payroll and running a business.” Speaking about Richard Blumenthal, Kratovil said he felt the long-time Attorney General did not have the skills needed to run the state. “Dick Blumenthal just doesn’t get it,” Kratovil said. “He is a lawyer and does not understand how government really works.”
But a voter that left town hall just minutes later couldn’t have disagreed more.
Kenneth Greenberg said he was confident the Democrats would pull out the most victories Tuesday night, particularly Blumenthal and Jim Himes.
“I know Dick Blumenthal and I think he is an honorable person,” Greenberg said. “He cares a lot about the state.” Speaking about Jim Himes, Greenberg said he liked Himes because he felt he votes for what he feels is right, not just along party lines.
“I find Jim to be very thoughtful,” Greenberg said. “He is not dogged on issues. He takes input and thinks things through.”
Some voters, like Nanette Laffan, just came out to perform their civic duty.
“You have to vote,” said Laffan, who would not disclose who she voted for. “It is our duty and our right and you can’t take that forganted.” Laffan said she was not particularly hopeful about politics these days, but tried to pick the most qualified candidates.
For future elections, Laffan said she would like to see more resume information about each candidate, especially for the lesser known candidates running for smaller offices.