Lisa Wilson-Foley endorsed by Danbury Republican Town Committee, largest in 5th District
Lisa Wilson-Foley, Connecticut 5th District Congress candidate.
Danbury has the largest single bloc of Republican voters in Connecticut’s 5th congressional district and could be a big factor in the August primary because it is no single candidate’s natural turf.
Wilson-Foley’s home base is the Farmington Valley, but splits allegiances there with Justin Bernier, a Farmington native who now lives in Plainville, and Mike Clark, former town council chairman in Farmington.
Andrew Roraback is strongest in the 30th State Senate district in Torrington and the Northwest Corner of Litchfield County that he has represented for years.
No candidate has strong ties to the Waterbury region that 2010 nominee Sam Caligiuri dominated in 2010, and no one has strong ties to Danbury.
Caligiuri has endorsed Roraback, but Wilson-Foley has been working Waterbury with the help of former Gov. John Rowland.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has yet to endorse a candidate for the 5th District Republican nomination.
Boughton ran against and defeated Wilson-Foley for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2010, but it’s unclear how much enmity that might have created between the two of them.
One of Boughton’s proteges, Torrington Mayor Ryan Bingham, is a strong and early supporter of Roraback.
Wilson-Foley’s press release about the Danbury RTC endorsement made a point of complimenting her former foe.
“I have learned a great deal from the people of Danbury and from the leadership of Mayor Boughton and his entire team,” Wilson Foley said. “This is a humbling moment to receive this strong support from a city which is working under Republican leadership. Danbury will be crucial to winning this seat back for the people of this district.”
An obvious factor this year will be the man who won Danbury in 2010 and is running again this year. Mark Greenberg won Danbury with 777 votes to Caligiuri’s 705 and Bernier’s 459 votes.
Boughton refuses to publicly support any candidate for Connecticut’s 5th congressional district.
“I respect their decision,” he said of the Danbury RTC’s endorsement of Wilson-Foley. “That’s who they chose.”
How many delegates that will translate into at the May 18 Republican convention remains to be seen. The city of Danbury sends the most delegates to the Republican convention of any municipality, 18 delegates appointed by the town RTC members, plus four superdelegates — members of the Republican State Central Committee and elected state legislators.
Boughton is a member of the Republican State Central Committee and, as such, is a superdelegate with the ability to vote in the upcoming Republican convention.
But he’s not a member of the Danbury RTC.
“I have influence,” he said, “but I didn’t go in and advocate for any candidate.”
In January, Boughton said he wasn’t even sure he would support a candidate, prior to casting a vote at convention.
“There are a lot of good candidates in the race,” he said then. “I haven’t really made a determination yet if I’m going to endorse anyone.”
Roraback previously garnered the endorsement of Danbury State Rep. Janice Giegler, who is a Danbury superdelegate, and also not a member of the Danbury RTC.
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