Healy Up for Re-Election as GOP Chair

Chairman Chris HealyConnecticut Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy will stand for re-election when the CTGOP State Central Committee meets in Bristol this evening. 

Healy announced his intention to run for re-election on Friday in an e-mail to supporters and no challengers have announced an intent to vie for the job.

First elected in January 2007, Healy has been an outspoken leader of the Republican State Party.  He was the first person to criticize then-Speaker Jim Amann for raising funds for his non-profit from lobbyists at the State Capitol, and he has been a blistering critic of such Democrats as Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, State Rep. Jim O’Rourke, and U.S. Senator Chris Dodd.

Healy’s election tonight would set him on a path to be the longest serving Chairman since Chris DePino’s seven year stretch from 1996-2003.

In addition to Healy, Treasurer Jerry Labriola, Jr. of Wallingford, and Secretary Bill Jenkins of Chaplin will be running for re-election.

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26 responses to “Healy Up for Re-Election as GOP Chair

  1. Chris Healy has been the best influence in CT politics.

    Keep up the good work Chris!

  2. A little off topic:

    Amadinijad Had His Day Of Fear

    Both the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post have published pictures that prompted President Barrack Obama to say he was disturbed by the violence in Iran.

    The photo below shows a crowd of young Iranians bearing the bullet ridden body of a protestor.

    When Iranian police elsewhere fired upon a crowd of protestors, the crowd began to chant in unison, “Don’t be scared. We’re all together.”

    The president had been criticized as being tardy in his response to the Iranian election (read– fraud).

    On Sunday, according to a report in Politico, Vice President Joe Biden expressed “doubts” about the election, and on Monday, press secretary Robert Gibbs was battered by a reporter:

    “… State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the U.S. is ‘deeply troubled’ by events in Iran but stopped short of condemning them.

    “’I haven’t used that word, condemn,”‘ he [Gibbs] told the State Department press corps. ‘We need to see how things unfold.’

    “’You need to see more heads cracked in the middle of the street?’ Fox News’ James Rosen shot back.

    “’We need a deeper assessment of what’s going on,’ Kelly said.”

    The Wall Street Journal reported: “The images from the protests and allegations of election fraud drew stronger reactions around the world Monday, after an initially muted response from the West. Late Monday afternoon, President Barack Obama said he was ‘deeply troubled’ by the violence. ‘The democratic process, free speech, the ability of people to peacefully dissent — all those are universal values and need to be respected,’ he said.”

    In Europe now such remarks will be regarded as too little too late.

    What we are witnessing in Iran is a full blown revolt, such as occurred in Hungary in 1956. And it is a revolt inspired and led by the youth of Iran and its intellectuals.

    Much of Europe at the time of the Hungarian revolt against Soviet tyranny was slow to respond to the brutal suppression of the Hungarian patriots, but some pens were quicker than others.

    Among these was Albert Camus, who wrote a piece that sings down the ages: “Kadar Had His Day Of Fear.” Kadar was an Hungarian Soviet pawn who facilitated the brutal suppression of the noble but doomed Hungarian revolt.

    In 1951, Camus published what must be regarded as his Magnum Opus, “The Rebel,” the central tenet of which is that liberty and revolt are inseparable. A political system that denies either denies both. Camus was among the few anti-Stalinists in Europe who hated totalitarianism for the right reason.

    Amadinijad now has had his day of fear.

    After comparing the revolt among intellectuals and students in his country to the protests in a minor key that occurs in his country and Europe after soccer matches, several reports indicated that Amidinijad went to Russia “for a conference.”

    While there, perhaps his sponsors can dig up a copy of Camus timeless piece on revolt to share with their guest.

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  3. TheRealNixon

    Healy has been a political pit bull and has been the leading voice against Sen. Dodd. If it wasn’t for Healy’s one year of outspoken criticism of Dodd the media would NEVER have done its job and taken a closer look at his shady dealings.

  4. I know he’s no competition for Nancy DiNardo, who skins plastic zebras for her formal attire, but I enjoy his work 🙂

  5. TheRealNixon

    I know he’s no competition for Nancy DiNardo, who skins plastic zebras for her formal attire, but I enjoy his work

    Bahaha! “Skins Zebras!”

  6. As Dean Pagani once noted, Chris Healy made the job of state party chair in CT relevant once again.

  7. Snark from PoopyScoopy in 3 … 2 …

  8. Keep up the good work Chris!

    And *work* he does.

    If anyone were to post his schedule, no one would believe it – the man works like he’s possessed. He simply doesn’t stop and does 16 – 18 hour days back to back to back and makes it look easy.

    Further; and the biggest surprise as we all knew he could write well, was quick on his feet and enjoys near total-recall (Healy can reel off facts and bill numbers from over a decade ago without notes or any preparation at all) but who would have expected him to have administrative talents too?

    The staff he’s been able to keep or attract has been a weird mix of Mensa people with common-sense and a work ethic normally witnessed only among immigrants.

    Healy has things running like a well-oiled machine and will be re-elected this evening by acclamation.

    Then we’ll carry him around on our shoulders, take him outside and dump gatoraid on him.

    ….we might skip the last part – depends on time constraints.

  9. While the staff at the state party may have a strong work ethic. The same can’t be said for the state central committee. 90% of them are worthless. I’m sure the Democrat State Central Committee can also claim the same amount of useless members.

  10. TheRealNixon

    While the staff at the state party may have a strong work ethic. The same can’t be said for the state central committee. 90% of them are worthless. I’m sure the Democrat State Central Committee can also claim the same amount of useless members.

    The GOP State Central Committee gets together for dinners once a month. Other than that they don’t do much of anything. There’s a few members who are on top of things in their district but all in all its a social group.

  11. Considering how horrible the GOP is at, you know, *winning elections*, I’m sure the state DNC is thrilled that he will be staying on.

  12. Considering how horrible the GOP is at, you know, *winning elections*, I’m sure the state DNC is thrilled that he will be staying on.

    I’ve always been fascinated by the number of people casting their votes based on which party has a better State Party Chair.

  13. Democrats fear and hate Healy. What better reason for Republicans to re-elect him?

  14. I’ve always been fascinated by the number of people casting their votes based on which party has a better State Party Chair.

    If only. With a semi-conscious drooler like DiNardo at the Dem helm it would be a GOP windfall.

  15. Bruce Rubenstein

    Chris Healy has been the best influence in CT politics.

    Most Democrats like myself would agree with the above statement and want Mr Healy to remain as State Party Chair of the Republican Party. After all, under his reign, the congressional delegation went entirely Democratic and we Democrats enjoy huge, huge majorities in the Connecticut House and Senate.

    Keep up the great work Mr Healy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Brucie:

    Considering the jaw-droppingly awful performance of Pornstachio and Speaker Union Label, you might want to rephrase the claim that you “enjoy” supermajorities in the legislature.

    Considering that their own caucuses would cheerfully string them up by their … uh … thumbs, and that to “enjoy” a supermajority it seems to me one would have to actually wield it (looking at you, Donny) and do so effectively (hello, Chrissy) … I think you could make the case, at best, for “hold.”

    “Enjoy,” not so much.

  17. The GOP State Central Committee gets together for dinners once a month. Other than that they don’t do much of anything. There’s a few members who are on top of things in their district but all in all its a social group.

    While the staff at the state party may have a strong work ethic. The same can’t be said for the state central committee. 90% of them are worthless. I’m sure the Democrat State Central Committee can also claim the same amount of useless members.

    What was true is largely not anymore – thank heavens.

    Indeed it was a great place for various town committees to drop off their tired old hacks as some sort of political retirement village; and surely despite 36 new members 2 years ago and 28(?) this year I’m sure we’ll have a handful that simply won’t get off their butts – however that percentage is shrinking.

    A few work themselves pretty hard and we’re *finally* getting a few more people on that are simply irrepressible.

    The staff themselves have something to do with that too as they all seem to work long hours, nights and weekends without so much as a whimper.

  18. Keep up the great work Mr Healy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ah hem (clearing my throat)

    Bruce – we haven’t had to lay anyone off at Republican headquarters; how are you folks doin?

  19. AndersonScooper

    Here’s hoping Senator Dodd will see the light and retire in favor of Dick Blumenthal.

    Without Dodd in the race, 2010 would be yet another hopeless cycle for Healy and his CT GOP.

    PS– I still believe Dems will win with Dodd. I just hate to see the GOP gain any traction, and I wonder what the $10 million plus they will spend will mean to down-ticket Dems.

    PSS– with the out-of-state money pouring in, what kind of raise will Healy be getting? The State GOP is about to be rolling in dough.

  20. TheRealNixon

    Healy was just re-elected

  21. Healy was just re-elected

    After an eloquent and rousing nominating speech given by some schmuck from the 16th district who very obviously had it ghost written by someone with an actual clue.

    Without Dodd in the race, 2010 would be yet another hopeless cycle for Healy and his CT GOP.

    Chairman Healy thanked Senator Dodd by name this evening for helping with our fund-raising efforts and credited Dodd for getting the party through most of the winter and into the spring as well.
    (Unfortunately James O’Rourke was unavailable to lead the group in a toast.)

    Dodd’s been a huge help to the Connecticut Republican Party as have Jim Amann, Eddie Perez, Joe Crisco, Tom Gaffey, and who can forget CT Democratic Chair, Nancy DiNardo who recently sent out a fund raising letter in which the only reason stated for bothering to donate to their state coffers was that GOP Chair Healy was “mean” to them!

    I would venture that the Republican Party received substantially more donations from the DiNardo letter (which was forwarded to everyone we could think of) than it did for the originally intended recipients.
    Well done Chairwoman DiNardo – we thank you!

    PSS– ….. kind of raise will Healy be getting? The State GOP is about to be rolling in dough.

    It would be inappropriate to seek a raise while there are still plastic Zebras being tortured to death for their hides.

    Accordingly, Healys’ pay will remain the same as his Democratic (and plastic Zebra killer) counterparts – a piddly $500,000 a year.

  22. Bruce Rubenstein

    Healy was just re-elected

    Wow…our best Democratic organizer was just re-elected Republican Party Chair……yeahhhhhhhhhhhh

  23. I hope the new members of the state central committee are better then some of the dinasours from the past.

    ACR – you had an outstanding record last year.
    No R candidate in the 80th or 30th. Token candidate in the 81st and you lost in the 103rd.

    State Central Committee members 2 primary goals should be to assist in recuriting candidates and raising money for the state party.

    I hope your fundraising record is better then your election record.

    Great job!

  24. ACR – you had an outstanding record last year.
    No R candidate in the 80th or 30th. Token candidate in the 81st and you lost in the 103rd.

    Sucked didn’t it?

    80th

    We almost cross-endorsed there seeing as the incumbent has a better Republican voting record than even a recently departed state senator from the western part of the state.
    Difficult to get worked into a frenzy trying to knock a guy out that agrees with you as often as not.
    The incumbent, already in trouble with the union, moveon, koolaid crowd probably didn’t need anymore ammo for his Democratic opponent as he was already involved in a party primary for his own seat.
    As long as the current office holder maintains his backbone and represents the district as opposed to only the far left faction of his party; there has been no good reason to expend any energy to take the seat.
    We’ll review his voting record with members of the GOP House staff prior to next spring and assess the situation again at that time.

    30th
    The 30th is more in the 6th than the 16th.
    However I did recruit a candidate who was scared off early upon review of the new public finance regs that so heavily favor anyone with union backing.
    Neither of the two town committees had any success nor did either of the SC representatives from the 6th, in finding anyone motivated enough to make the jump.
    The incumbent’s occupation as a union organizer gives him access to political assets not available to regular rank & file Democrats; much less any Republican.

    103rd

    The 103rd wanders into 3 separate districts, the 16th, 13th and 12th.
    The Republican candidate won the polling area w/in the 16th quite handily.
    We’re aware of what went wrong in that district all of which occured in the last 72 hours of the race.
    The guilty have been dispatched and sent to a re-education facility in Siberia.

    81st

    We did indeed recruit a splendid candidate who would surely have served the district with greater honor and integrity than it currently is.
    Certainly we would not expect a Republican to vote straight party-line 100% of the time as the current office holder has for multiple terms.

    Unfortunately within a week of accepting the nomination our candidate suffered a business loss in excess of 50K.
    Poor timing, and it’s difficult to focus on a campaign while distracted by such things as the light bill and feeding one’s child.
    I’m not inclined to fault a man for having his priorities straight and was glad to learn recently that he’s “fully recovered” from the first sizable business loss of his life.

    Arriving in America at 16, a refugee from then totalitarian Romania where his father was repeatedly jailed for speaking his mind and/or protesting for religious liberty. He fully comprehends and appreciates the liberty we have (had?) and would undoubtedly fight to protect it with the fervor one would expect from someone who has witnessed and experienced first hand a government allowed to grow too strong and too large.

    State Central Committee members 2 primary goals should be to assist in recuriting candidates and raising money for the state party.

    If only we could get off that easy.

    Showing up would help too.

    I’m the only member of GOP SC to have been seen at a Waterbury TC meeting in two years; make the majority of my own, attend around one in three in the other two towns.
    I make it to most fund raisers too (an addiction to heroin might be a little less expensive than this volunteer position).

    The truth is; some of us try to do more than recruit.

    We have seminars regarding finance and other election laws.
    Certain political mechanical functions.
    There are tested and proven methods regarding even the most mundane topics such as lawn signs, door to door, election day operations, etc.

    Getting that data in front of the people that need it (many of whom are fully convinced they don’t) is uphill.
    Watching a perfectly good candidate lose by anything under 5 percentage points is a damning experience.

  25. AndersonScooper

    ah, the sweet sounds of failure…

    How’s good ole Al Adinolfi doing? Still hanging out with his FIC buds?

    And ACR, despite your bravado about gaining back Statehouse seats, you make no positive predictions for 2010. Which Democrat do you dream of defeating?

  26. JC, how about State Senate and State Rep. districts that have far more registered Democrats than Republicans that have been held for years by Republicans? The 35th State Senate comes to my mind first. Now that I think about it, that guy (Tony Guglielmo) is one of the longest serving members of the State Senate (tied with Harp, Looney, Crisco and Dailey) yet hasn’t had a serious challenger since 1994? How about the 52nd State House district? Half of it is Stafford which based on voter registration numbers (D vs. R) is the most Democratic town in the entire 2nd Congressional district yet that seat is held by a Republican, Penny Bacchiochi. Then there’s Mike Alberts (50th House) up that way too.

    It’s all Gloria Collins and Bill Pakulis’ fault, right?

    Sure it is JC….. just like it’s Doug’s fault that his candidates lost. At least he helped put up candidates for the most part. Tony Guglielmo had no Democratic opponent in a year where a convicted child molester had a reasonable chance of winning so long as he/she was on the Democrat line and the Democrats ran weak candidates against Alberts and Bacchiochi.

    So please, send Gloria & Bill notes expressing your displeasure with their performance since you’re so inclined to criticize Doug.

    Either that or refrain from posting nonsense.

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