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Formica Wins GOP Endorsement For 2nd District Race

East Lyme first selectman gets party nod to face incumbent Joe Courtney in November, the Bulletin reports.

Republican won his party's support Friday to face Joe Courtney in November for the 2nd Congressional District, the Bulletin reported.

Nearly 60 percent of the 300 delegates voted for Formica, according to the Bulletin.

Madison resident Daria Novak took 33 percent of the ballots, and Doug Dubitsky of Chaplin was third, the Bulletin said.

augie42 May 22, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I don't disagree that she would do a good job, but I am only one vote. To hold the office you must get elected. To get elected in 2nd CT district you have the following demographics: 21% are Republican, 31% are Democrat, and the rest (48%) are Independent/unaffiliated. One must get its party's endorsement plus almost 60% of the Independents. I supported Novak in 2010, but not in 2012. Her organization is small, and she is not able to raise much money. He message is good, but her delivery is not well received......This is what makes her relatively un-electable.....and she did not change much since 2010. If Coutu had not dropped out, she would have been under 15% at the convention.
Luanne DeMatto May 30, 2012 at 09:26 PM
What's sad here is that Daria stated in her convention speech that she didn't have to say much as she has been around for 3 years and we all knew her already. I did not know her, she should have taken that time to inform vs what apparently was an attempt to belittle her opponent due to his late entry into the race. I was familiar with Paul Formica and felt he was the best candidate. What's also sad is that it's been said that before the vote Daria said we definitely did not want a primary. I guess that was only if SHE won the nomination. I have nothing against Daria, I wish her well - but I feel a primary will only hurt the party. Let's all get behind the party endorsed candidate.
Richard Hertz June 26, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Ron Nash, if the "Republican Central Committee" is behind some grand conspiracy against Novak then why did she WIN the convention in 2010? You really have no clue as to what you're talking about. Novak was the only Republican party endorsed candidate in 2010 to lose in the primary. Are you now going to say that the "Republican Central Committee" is so powerful that it can control the outcome of a primary too? Go ahead Ron, try and say that and see if anyone believes you. Daria Novak is a very bad candidate who cannot raise any money and is completely unelectable in a general election, you need to face the facts Ron Nash and stop being a tool for Joe Courtney and the Democrats.
fran July 31, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I am a member of the republican party. Spent time in the RTC, worked on republican capmaigns and do so to this day. After this Primary I will go to town hall and become unaffiliated. The reason I will not leave the republican party before the primary is because I plan to use my vote for Daria. For some of you blowing smoke here, all I can say is get involved and see for yourself; 1st hand at how it works. That is all I will say because I have seen how the system works.
Lakehouse Guy August 02, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Fran-- I hope you will change your mind about leaving the Republican party. You probably know that politics is not a softball game. As long as there is no fraudulent behavior of the players, the system works. The candidate we like and/or the best candidate does not always win. Still if you support conservative Republican views, you should support the candidate in the general election who most closely agrees with your views. This will be either Daria or Paul, as determined by the primary. As I observed in a previous post, Daria may have good credentials, but what I have seen of her on the campaign trail, she just does not appear to have what it will take to beat Joe Courtney. Maybe Paul doesn't have it either, but we'll have to wait and see. Unfortunately in elections, just being best able to do the job, doesn't get you elected, so we have to go with some who is capable and has the best chance to be elected. But we need to bring fiscal sanity back to CT and this means that we need you to stay involved with us.

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