With the focus shifting back to Washington, D.C. tonight for the President’s big health care reform speech, the contest for the Republican nomination has gotten a little less ink lately. But that hasn’t slowed the campaigns down a bit.
The Simmons for Senate campaign released the names of six more State Central Committee members who will be supporting Rob Simmons’ candidacy.
“Rob Simmons is the candidate who can lead a Republican Party resurgence in Connecticut and across the nation,” said Jerry Labriola, Jr. of Wallingford, the State Central Committee treasurer and an attorney at the Naugatuck-based law firm of Labriola and Labriola, LLC. “In this most important of election years, Rob is our Party’s best hope. His experience, vision and commitment to Republican principles will make him an outstanding nominee, and a first-rate senator.”
The endorsements bring Mr. Simmons’ list of supportive delegates up to thirty, including 26 of the available 81 State Central Committee Members.
But Simmons isn’t having all the fun. The Harwinton Republican Town Committee announced their endorsement of State Sen. Sam Caligiuri’s candidacy yesterday.
“As Chair of the Harwinton Republican Town Committee, I am pleased to announce that our Committee has voted to endorse State Senator Sam Caligiuri’s candidacy as the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate race next year,” Candace Jones-Pacholski announced on Thursday. “We like what Sam is all about. His pledges to serve only two terms, to bring fiscal responsibility to the U.S. Senate, and his thoughtful approach are things we are all looking for in a candidate. And his outstanding record in the State Senate speaks for itself.”
It is impossible to calculate how many Convention votes the endorsement will yield Caligiuri as the delegate slates will not be chosen until next March. Notwithstanding the results from municipal elections, Harwinton will send a four-member delegation to the State Convention in Hartford next May.
Just two percent of the expected 1450 delegates to the State Convention have declared their allegiance at this point. But the Convention vote could easily knock one or more candidates out of the contest – making the endorsement chase a key test of organizational skill and likely support in the future.