BY MATTHEW Q. CLARIDA
Former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele today endorsed David M. Walker, the Republican who hopes to be the next occupant of the third-floor office now occupied by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.
Fedele served under Gov. M. Jodi Rell from 2007 to 2010 and ran unsuccessfully for the Republican gubernatorial nomination against Tom Foley in 2010. He announced the endorsement Thursday morning at Stamford Old Town Hall, three weeks after endorsing Foley for governor.
“Dave will bring bold change and real leadership to the Capitol,” Fedele said. “Dave has over 40 years of public, private and non-profit-sector leadership, including 10 years as comptroller general of the United States, which makes him by far the most qualified candidate to help create a comeback in Connecticut. Dave can work with the next governor to help grow the economy, create jobs and put our state’s finances in order.”
Walker accepted the praise in stride, and returned it.
Fedele “knows first-hand the type of person Connecticut needs to serve as lieutenant governor in these challenging times,” Walker said.
Walker has not been shy about his experience at the federal level. In June, he told the Working Families Party that he wasn’t simply chasing the honor of being called “lieutenant governor” “because I’ve had better titles.”
The three candidates for the GOP’s nomination for lieutenant governor are Walker, former Groton Mayor Heather Somers and Rep. Penny Bacchiochi, R-Stafford. The trio will be in West Hartford tonight for a debate-style segment with NBC Connecticut, scheduled to air on Sunday.
Walker has pooled funds with Republican gubernatorial hopeful John McKinney, the Republican senator from Fairfield who is considered an underdog against Tom Foley. In Connecticut, there is no official “ticketing” in the primary round, meaning Walker and McKinney won’t appear together on the ballot.
Fedele is now CEO of Pinnacle Group, an information technology company he founded.