Wayne Winsley, the motivational speaker and former radio host who waged an unsuccessful battle to unseat U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro in 2012, announced Wednesday that he is running for chairman of the Connecticut Republican party.
“I am seeking the chairmanship for one reason and one reason only: to help turn the Republican party into a winning party once again,” Winsley said in a statement issued late Wednesday.
He will face the party’s current chairman, Jerry Labriola Jr., in a state central committee vote on June 25 in Bristol.
“As Republicans, we don’t need to change who we are, we just need to get better at telling people who we are and take that message to all of Connecticut’s voters,” Winsley said in his statement. “I believe that I am the best person to lead our party in this direction.”
Winsley said his goals are to “unite the different points of view within our party, energize our base and grow our party by aggressively marketing the Republican brand in every district and neighborhood” in Connecticut.