Rob Simmons’ campaign for U.S. Senate got a boost today from House GOP Leader Larry Cafero, who announced his endorsement of the former Congressman.
“Rob showed when he was elected to Congress that he could take on an entrenched, career politician who had forgotten what was important to Connecticut and what its residents valued. And after he won a seat in Congress, Rob came home every weekend and made sure his ties to the voters and taxpayers that sent him to Washington remained strong.
His endorsement marks the one of the few high profile endorsements we can expect to see in this race. The Governor was reticent to endorse any candidate for President until hours before the February 5 primary and is likely not to get in the middle of an intra-party feud at all.
Cafero is popular with rank-and-file Republicans across the state for his strong advocacy of ‘No Tax Increase’ budgets, smarter spending, and a more limited role for state government.
But his role as House GOP Leader could make him valuable to the Simmons campaign in the near term. Article III, Section 2, (6)(b) (PDF) of the Connecticut Republican Party Bylaws gives elected officials delegate status automatically – putting a block of delegates up for grabs immediately.
With Cafero’s endorsement, Simmons will have a powerful voice within that caucus urging similar actions from other GOP State Reps.
With Cafero’s endorsement, the delegate count for the 2010 State Convention is Simmons – 1, Foley – 0, Caligiuri – 1 (himself). Click the graph for a larger view.