Excerpts from an email sent by Stephanie Paulmeno to all 37 registered Greenwich Democrats and forwarded to me (no, not from Captain Keno – there is at least one other Democrat in town who wasn’t wild about Ms. Paulmeno’s candidacy):
Say what?!?!Have you gone totally delusional or is the interest of keeping Drew’s position safe of such importance to you that you don’t care what you say or who you defame! How dare you say such a thing and put false words in my mouth. With someone like you watching my back it sure doesn’t seem that I needed to worry about the GOP or Sam Romeo’s posse. You’ll carry their vile messages all by yourself and then add to it with your own rhetoric. Let me refresh your mind on yesterday’s conversation. I understand full well that Drew wants that position and I’ve always supported his getting it, including suggesting that we run a Party campaign as opposed to a 1st Selectman’s race.Despite having received nothing but encouragement to remain in the race from the many, many people who have called and e-mailed me all day since sending out my letter this morning, I expect I will step down from the position in order to take any pressure off my fellow Democrats running for offices that they want, and who still have political aspirations. I have none, and had no intention of running for Selectman this year nor for any other office in years to come. I stepped up to the plate only on Frank’s repeated urging and pleading for someone to do so. I regret deeply that I did that.Everyone, please know that in my stepping down I would not malign any of our candidates in any way. I wish I had gotten the same level of respect and courtesy. I have nothing but the highest regard for each of you and wish every single one of you success in your campaigns. Frank has called a meeting of the Executive Board tonight to which I was not invited with the stated intent of withdrawing all Party support for my candidacy thus leaving me standing by myself in this race without funds or supporters.[My reputation] has been sullied enough by the DTC process going on right now in which, astonishingly to me, some members of my own Party have helped spread the vile smear literature, shared the proceedings of closed meetings, and spread messages of false allegations about me as though they were true, from Greenwich to Hartford. I have already corresponded with all the media denying the statements and will make a full press statement.I’ll see you all at the picnic and we can all put this behind us. As I said, I would never run a negative campaign, and I’m too much of a lady to return despicable acts with additional despicable acts.