Greenberg trying to convince supporters to vote for Roraback
By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter
Former 5th District candidate Mark Greenberg said he’s been trying to convince his supporters to vote for Andrew Roraback, but it hasn’t been that easy in some cases.
Greenberg was widely considered the most conservative candidate in the primary, drawing his support largely from social conservatives.
Greenberg, who came in second behind Roraback in the Aug. 14 primary, losing by about 1,600 votes, had support from conservative pundit Dick Morris, Family Institute of Connecticut President Peter Wolfgang and from several local Tea Party representatives.
He noted a recent Roraback appearance on FoxCT’s “The Real Story” with hosts Al Terzi and Laurie Perez, during which Roraback was asked if he was “a Tea Partier,” to which Roraback replied, “I’m not a Tea Partier. I’m a reasonable Connecticut Republican.”
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Roraback and Greenberg happened to have a conversation after that appearance.
“It’s been hard for me to convince some of these people to vote for Andrew Roraback,” Greenberg said. “I said to him, ‘Andrew, you gotta do better than that.’”
Greenberg is helping Roraback out, despite their ideological differences, which Greenberg acknowledges.
He hasn’t “yet” helped Roraback out with fundraising, but he has been engaging Connecticut’s more conservative Republicans on Roraback’s behalf, and will be making available “various fundraising lists” when the two former opponents have a meeting next week.
But Greenberg said his relationship with the Roraback campaign may be “a tightrope-walk.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has called Roraback a “Tea Party Republican” with “a conservative agenda.”
His Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Esty, has linked Roraback to vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (on Friday, the Esty campaign issued a release to supporters claiming that “Paul Ryan will be making a second stop in Connecticut on September 30th and giving Senator Roraback another chance to stand with his ticket-mate”).
So, would an open connection to the race’s most conservative candidate aid or harm Roraback? Greenberg’s not sure, though he called the assertion that Roraback is a Tea Party Republican “ridiculous.”
“I don’t know if they’re looking at me as a liability,” he said.
The Roraback campaign said only that Roraback was glad for support from his former opponents. Both Lisa Wilson-Foley and Justin Bernier have endorsed his campaign.
“Andrew has already been endorsed and supported by all three of his former opponents, and he is gratified by that support,” campaign spokesman Chris Cooper said in an email.
As for what comes next for Greenberg, it may be public service, he said, though only if his talents can be useful. He insisted that he would only run if there was a way he could help the state by doing so. But he didn’t close the door.
“I am not done,” he said, indicating that he may set his sights on a position in the state legislature.
“If Andrew wins this race I’m obviously not running for the 5th District. If there’s a need for me, I will be there.”
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