Anthony Lopez announced Wednesday that he would drop out of the race to become the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee’s next chairman, as he lambasted the party for an alleged indifference to major issues in the town and a lack of diversity in its ranks.
In an email Wednesday announcing his decision to party colleagues, he chastised the party for its failure to advocate for marginalized community members.
“The DTC remains firmly in the hands of people who would rather talk about change, than actually do the things necessary to make that change happen,” Lopez wrote. “While many in Greenwich, and some in the DTC, sit in their million dollar homes, people are essentially starving for basic resources. The DTC does not speak out against the clear socioeconomic and somewhat racial segregation that is clearly visible in this town.”
In the email, Lopez pointed to conditions in the town’s public housing and disproportionate suspension rates for minority students as two of the pressing issues to which the DTC did not properly respond.
Lopez, who is black, also took the party to task for its mostly white and middle- and upper-middle-class membership.
“We have reached an almost life and death situation in this town among thousands of our residents, while the DTC sat on its laurels,” Lopez wrote. “Make no mistake, there is no one in the party that can argue against this charge. At the heart of this disgusting display of apathy by our party, is a sickening lack of diversity within the party itself. This party seems not just resistant to diversity, but wholly inoculated from it.
Farricker, who has also vocally advocated for the party to more aggressively stand up for Democratic principles, said that he agreed with most of what Lopez wrote.
Speaking from his own multi-million-dollar home in Riverside, Democrat Jeff Ramer also applauded Mr. Lopez:
Anthony is an exciting and high energy person,” said Board of Estimate and Taxation member Jeff Ramer. “He brings fresh ideas. I think he is a very energizing presence on the DTC so I’m hoping his dropping out of the running for that is only a reflection of him wanting to do other things within the DTC and not that his zeal for the DTC is abating in any way. If that in any way reflected any disappointment on his part with the DTC, I would be hugely disappointed.”
First of all, if Ramer thinks that his friend Anthony dropped out of the running “because he wanted to do other things within the DTC”, his clients should hope that he lawyers better than he reads.
Second, the claim that blacks in Greenwich are “essentially starving” is a “fresh idea” only if Ramer believes wild, fantastical notions of reality haven’t been seen before – all he has to do to dissuade himself of that notion is to stay awake during his next Democrat Town Committee meeting.