Dems endorse candidates
Published 1:05 am, Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) of New Canaan endorsed several candidates running for statewide and federal offices. In a unanimous vote, the committee endorsed: Richard Blumenthal for U.S. Senate; Jim Himes for U.S. House of Representatives; Jonathan Harris for Connecticut Secretary of the State; Nancy Wyman for Connecticut Comptroller and Denise Nappier for Connecticut Treasurer.
"Our town, our district and our state needs to send a strong advocate to the U.S. Senate and Dick Blumenthal's decades of experience fighting for Connecticut families distinguish him among all candidates running. He has been an amazing attorney general," said New Canaan DTC chairwoman Ginny Apy. "And in Washington, he'll be a well-respected advocate for Connecticut as U.S. Senator."
The DTC was equally enthU.S.iastic to back Jim Himes for re-election to the U.S. HoU.S.e of Representatives. "It was obvioU.S. in 2008 that our country needed to begin solving a lot of problems," said DTC Vice-Chairman David Kostek. "Jim Himes has been part of the solution. The legislation he helped create and advance have restored the foundations beneath our economy and provided enormoU.S. security to our families. We have a thoughtful, moderate Representative who is unafraid to challenge his party's leadership and speak up for U.S. in DC. We have been well-represented, and Jim Himes has clearly earned a second term."
At the state level, the committee sought to call attention to three critical, but often overlooked, races: Secretary of the State; Comptroller and Treasurer.
In the open race for Secretary of the State, the New Canaan DTC endorsed state senator Jonathan Harris. The Secretary of the State is the chief record-keeper for the state, with a dual emphasis on business and elections data.
"In his recent visit to New Canaan, Mr. Harris laid out concrete plans to make the Secretary of the State's office more innovative and efficient. He is an impressive candidate with a strong record of bipartisan co-operation and economic development as a senator and former mayor," said Apy.
"I was impressed with Mr. Harris' recognition that the Secretary's office can do more to attract, assist and develop small businesses and am certain that in that role, Jonathan will help the next governor do just that," Kostek said.
Nancy Wyman has been Connecticut's Comptroller since 1994. Wyman is also an advocate and spokesman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and has chaired statewide events for the American Heart Association and the National Kidney Foundation. "Every day, Nancy Wyman demonstrates both professional excellence as the best state finance officer in the country, and a dedication to help those who help others," Apy said.
As state treasurer, Nappier has earned and recovered billions of dollars for Connecticut taxpayers since her election in 1998. Her record is its own endorsement. Ms. Nappier established Connecticut's asset recovery and loss prevention program, which has recovered more than $1 billion since its inception. She also initiated efforts to establish tax deductions for our state's 529 college savings plan, CHET, which has seen its invested assets grow more than 50-fold since Nappier took office. In every aspect of her role as treasurer, Nappier has been innovative, resourceful and effective, and the New Canaan Democrats are proud to endorse her for a fourth term.