Danbury Mayor Responds to Opponent: ‘He Thinks He Can Do Better?’
On Tuesday (1/17/23) Danbury Democrat Roberto Alves announced he'd run for Mayor, challenging incumbent Dean Esposito.
Roberto Alves wasted no time taking swings at his opponent in the media. Alves made comments in his press release and on the I-95 Morning Show that were critical of the current administration. In the opening press release he said "we (Danbury) deserve better." On the I-95 Morning Show Alves said "people are great, our businesses are great, I just think that leadership isn't."
Dean Esposito made a guest appearance on the I-95 Morning Show on Thursday (1/19/23), we asked him if he'd heard the comments, and what he thought? This is what the Mayor had to say:
"I think some of comments he made yesterday were not out-of-line, but we've been doing the job here in the city of Danbury for over a year now. He almost criticized us for one year in and we need to make changes. But, we've been doing an outstanding job as far as my administration and I'm concerned. Roberto has every right to run again obviously he's a family man. I know he's putting a lot of pressure on his family but the reality is, I think my opportunity to move forward as the Mayor of Danbury. This is the best thing that ever happened to me. I've explained it to you guys before, I couldn't be more proud than to be the Mayor of the city I was born and raised in."
Later, we read the Mayor quotes and asked Esposito if he thought Alves was out-of-line, this was his response:
"Yeah, I do a little bit because he said it himself, the city is awesome, the people are awesome, things are running well, we're working on education and the biggest issues facing the city. I've taken him head on and to say that leadership is not doing well, I question that. Why would he say that? Was it the alternative that he thinks he can do better? We'll get into that during the campaign but I'm confident in what we've been doing for the past year."
This is the second time the two men will have faced-off on the campaign trail with the first victory going to Dean Esposito.
Listen to Esposito's reactions to Alves' comments below.
The Mayor believes having to run for Mayor every two years is detrimental to the city.
We also managed to work some fun into the interview when Large Dave asked the Mayor about the infamous golden scissors. The City of Danbury has a pair of ceremonial scissors that they bring to ribbon cuttings and I've threatened to steal them. When the Mayor answers, it jarred free an observation about his staff members.
You can listen to the unedited, full-length version of the interview below.
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