There were a couple of squeakers Tuesday night, once again proving the old axiom that every vote counts.
In Stamford, Republican Mike Fedele lost the mayor’s race to Democrat David Martin by 569 votes, out of about 18,400 cast. “To lose by 500 votes is nothing too shabby,” Fedele told the Stamford Advocate’s Kate King.
On the other side of the state, there was an even closer race: Republican Kevin Skulczyck leads Democrat Phil Anthony by just a single vote in the Griswold First Selectman’s race. The Norwich Bulletin has more.
They were locked in a nasty primary battle for governor in 2010 but Republicans Tom Foley and Michael Fedele have apparently moved on.
Foley, who is exploring a second bid for governor in 2014, joined Fedele, now a candidate for mayor of Stamford, at a polling place today. Fedele tweeted a pic.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has weighed in on the race for mayor in Stamford, where former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele is running for mayor against Democrat David Martin:
I’m pleased to endorse Michael Fedele for Mayor of Stamford because Mike is a leader who understands what makes cities like Stamford successful. He knows that keeping taxes low, building coalitions and working in collaboration with the community is the way to accomplish great things.
Mike isn’t afraid to step across party lines to get things done. His public service has been marked by putting the community’s best interests first – and that’s the best kind of public servant. Mike Fedele would make an outstanding mayor.
Republican Mike Fedele, the former lieutenant governor who’s running for mayor of Stamford, released his first television ad. It’s heavy on biography — focusing on his immigrant roots.
The 30-second spot, which began airing on Cablevision Monday, contains sepia-toned photograohs of his father, a laborer, and his mother, a factory worker. (The ad has a similar feel to this classic from the 2012 Senate race.)
Former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele’s mayoral ambitions received a big boost on Tuesday when he won the Republican town committee’s endorsement.
I am proud to accept the nomination from the Stamford RTC as the endorsed candidate for Mayor! Let’s do this team! http://bit.ly/15kFRG5
Fedele, who beat board of education member Jerry Pia for the GOP nomination, issued a call for party unity. “This race is critical to Stamford’s future,” he said in a statement. “I am working very hard every day to get my message before the voters of our city–and I look forward to leading a united Republican party to victory on election day.”
Pia told the Stamford Advocate that he plans to primary. The Republican winner will face one of three Democrats seeking the seat: state Rep. William Tong, Bill Callion, the city’s former director of public safety, health and welfare and David Martin, a member of the board of finance.
Last night in Greenwich, Republicans gathered at the home of Tom Foley to raise some dough for Michael Fedele, who is running for mayor of Stamford.
Picture from Fedele campaign
Top politicians are raising money for Republican Mike Fedele and Democrat William Tong in a marquee battle to become the mayor of Stamford – Connecticut’s fastest-growing city.
Fedele is expected to face off in November against Tong, a lawmaker who has widespread support in the city. Their clash has gained attention in Hartford because they have played on larger stages in Connecticut politics. Fedele was a state legislator from his hometown before serving as lieutenant governor under Republican M. Jodi Rell. Tong has been a legislator since winning his first race in 2006, and he staged a statewide run last year for the U.S. Senate before dropping out of the race.
Former gubernatorial nominee Tom Foley will be holding a fundraiser next week at his Greenwich home for Fedele. Foley and Greenwich fundraiser L. Scott Frantz have both endorsed Fedele, a longtime Stamford resident who moved to the city more than 50 years ago from Italy at the age of three.
A second fundraiser for Fedele, hosted by former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays and Stamford board of representatives deputy minority leader Harry Day, will be held in mid-July in Stamford. Day is an attorney who graduated from Yale before heading to Cornell law school. Continue reading
Former Lt. Gov. and Michael Fedele is running for a job a lot harder than the one he held under Gov. M. Jodi Rell.
He made his candidacy for mayor official yesterday in Stamford, which means he’s also not running for governor again.
Rush Limbaugh speaks!
“I have managed to find myself inserted into a mayoral campaign in Stamford, Connecticut, even though I have said nothing about it and, in fact, didn’t know anything about it,” Limbaugh said on his show today. “But I supposedly endorsed one of the candidates, and the guy I didn’t endorse is ripping the hell out of the guy that I didn’t endorse because it was reported on Facebook that I did endorse. It’s hilarious.”
The transcript continues after the jump.
William Tong, a Democratic candidate for mayor of Stamford, is trying to distort a message of support for Republican Michael Fedele on a Rush Limbaugh fan page, the adminstrator of the page says.
Tong issued a press release Tuesday criticizing Fedele for receiving what he said was an endorsement from the right-wing talk show host. But the endorsement didn’t come from Limbaugh himself; it was posted on a Limbaugh fan page on Facebook that has no formal affiliation with Limbaugh.
“William Tong’s attempt to somehow distort our words toward Mike Fedele as an official endorsement from Rush Limbaugh is the kind of manipulative political gaming no person in our country should support, no matter their party,” states a message on the page posted Tuesday afternoon. “We believe in …transparent, intelligent and honest candidates who do right by their voters and their constituencies.
“As we have said from the start, this is a fan page run by people unaffiliated with Rush Limbaugh and not an official outlet for the news anchor.”