Hi, this is 2nd Ward Candidate Matt Senvisky. I assume most people who read this realize the letter from the so called “truth squad” is absolute nonsense.
For the record I registered as a Democrat when I was 18 years old and have voted that way in most elections since that time. When I moved to PA. a couple years ago I switched to the Green Party although I would definitely consider myself a true Independent. After doing some research on our current council and the Democratic party in Bellevue I decided I should run for Council and would be able to make the biggest impact as a Democrat. I am glad I switched back to party I have been affiliated with for the majority of my life because the Democrats representing this town are a prime example of why people like me are becoming disenfranchised with the two party system.
Win or lose I would prefer it happens based off facts, credentials, and hopefully ability. I attended the Democratic Committee Endorsement meeting and can honestly say this committee is a joke and is doing a huge disservice to the Democratic party as a whole. While I didn’t go in expecting to get the endorsement what transpired was almost unbelievable. During the meeting each candidate had to share their backgrounds and what qualifies them for office. I believe one of my strengths is my lengthy experience reading, writing, and interpreting policy/ordinance. Mr. Viscusi openly stated in the meeting that he is not that great at understanding policy and relies on the others (Mrs. Viscusi, Jane, and Linda) to help him. For any rational thinking person that is basically stating that you aren’t qualified to be on council, let alone attain the endorsement of the Democratic Party.
After waiting for a week to be informed who was endorsed and not getting any feedback I reached out to the Chair of the Committee who apologized for not letting me know they were endorsing the Viscusi’s. I was not surprised but obviously very disappointed that the Democratic Committee in this town is so out of touch with reality and completely lacks the foresight to shake things up in the best interest of the party.
Basically I am sickened by the cheap attempt being made by the so called Truth Squad to discredit who I am based on party lines and not living in Bellevue long enough. What ever happened to credentials? education? morals?
As a Democrat I would like to take this opportunity to formally endorse myself since that basically carries as much weight as the endorsement the Viscusi’s and their friends gave themselves.
I love Bellevue and hope Democratic voters in the 2nd ward will allow me to represent you.