Two days before the state Republican party is set to elect a chairman, one of the candidates running has bowed out of the race.
Wayne Winsley, the motivational speaker and former congressional candidate, announced in an email to members of the party’s State Central Committee that he was no longer seeking the post and is throwing his support behind current Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. The election is Tuesday night in Bristol.
“Based on my own due diligence and conversations with Chairman Labriola, I believe that our current Chairman is ready and determined to move forward with a new energy and vigor to address those pressing concerns which necessitated my entry into the chairman race and all of the other challenges ahead, Winsley wrote. “I look forward to working hand-in-hand with our Chairman and the state Central Committee.”
In addition to Labriola, tea party activistRon Wilcox is running. Former party Chairman Chris Healy was being urged to consider a run but tonight he tweeted that he is opting out. “Grateful 4 interest, support from CTGOP activist to serve Party. Humbled, grateful but not running for chairman. Ready to help in other ways,” @ChairmanChris wrote.
The full text of Winsley’s email is after the jump.
Sunday June 23rd 2013
Dear State Central Committee members,
When I announced my candidacy for Republican Party Chairman, I did so with the belief that I am the candidate best suited to serve and work with the State Central Committee in addressing some of the most pressing concerns and challenges facing our great party at this time.
All of those concerns that compelled me to seek the Chairmanship still exist and are just as valid today as they were on June 14th when I announced my candidacy.
· Improving the perception of our party in the minds of Connecticut voters.
· Communicating our traditional Republican values and principles to the current generation in a manner that is applicable to the current generation.
· Delivering our message to all corners of the state and to all voters of the state.
· Uniting and energizing our traditional base and all of the varying points of view beneath the Republican banner and moving forward as a team.
If these concerns are not addressed quickly and decisively, our great state and the wonderful and hard-working citizens that call Connecticut home will bear the brunt of our failure. The stakes are far too high to risk fragmenting our great party with a four-way race for Chairman.
With that in mind, I immediately withdraw my name from consideration as next Chairman of Connecticut’s Republican Party.
Of the remaining candidates for Republican Party Chair, the person that I believe will be most effective in fostering the conditions necessary for Republican victory is Jerry Labriola Jr.
Based on my own due diligence and conversations with Chairman Labriola, I believe that our current Chairman is ready and determined to move forward with a new energy and vigor to address those pressing concerns which necessitated my entry into the chairman race and all of the other challenges ahead.
I look forward to working hand-in-hand with our Chairman and the state Central Committee.
I immediately release all of those State Central Committee members who have worked tirelessly on my behalf and pledged their support and their vote to me.
I urge the State Central Committee members to conduct all due diligence, deliberate with great care, and cast your vote for the remaining candidate who will most effectively address those concerns listed above and who will be best able to work with the committee to accomplish our mission which is to elect Republican candidates on the local, state, and federal levels.
I stand by ready, willing, and able to contribute all that I have to that effort.
Thank you and I look forward to working with you to help get Republican candidates elected in Connecticut.