A Hebron-based communications consultant is suing the Connecticut Republican party in small claims court, alleging he was never paid for work he did more than four years ago.
The consultant, Ron Winter, prepared a strategy document for 2008 1st District congressional candidate Joe Visconti. That research was then put into a booklet that the party presented to town chairs in the 1st District, Winter said.
State party leaders approved the work and said they would pay for it, but never did, Winter said.
The dispute ”shows a clear division between the upper level of the party and the rank-and-file doing the work,” Winter said. [Party leaders] ”can’t win elections but the people that can help, the rank-and-file, are treated like doormats.”
Bryan Cafferelli, executive director of the state Republican party, said the party never had a contract with Winter. “There was no contract for services with the party, it was with a congressional candidate,” Cafferelli said. ”We’re not responsible for it and we’ve told him that…we can’t be paying debts that candidates incurred.”