Republican Gov. Rell's camp appears to be settling on former state legislator Michael Fedele. Fedele has three advantages. One: He's from Stamford, just like Democratic candidate Dan Malloy, so if Malloy ends up being the nominee, Fedele "can drive him nuts," as one knowledgeable Republican put it. Two: Fedele is Italian-American, just like the other possible Democratic nominee, John DeStefano. Third: He's rich. (Bass)
All good qualities.
What I know about Fedele could fill a thimble. I know he was a state representative from Stamford, and I know he lost to Andrew McDonald in a bid to replace outgoing Sen. George Jepsen, who was foolishly running for Lt. Governor at the time. Fedele was first elected in 1992, and had served as the CEO of a computer sales company in Stamford before then.
Either Stewart or Kalinowski would have brought more to the ticket, I feel, but then again I know very little about Fedele. Is he someone who can pick up the GOP banner in four years? Can he help bring money and possibly votes to the ticket?
One nice thing about him is that he appears to have no baggage. His record in the General Assembly seems uneventful, from a quick scan of newspaper articles, but there's nothing bad lurking in there.
We'll see if Fedele is her choice or not by the end of the week. In the meantime, I'd like to know more about the guy.
Bass, Paul. "Ward, Fasano Out; Fedele Tops List." New Haven Independent 15 May, 2006.
Confirmed, or close to it, in the Danbury News-Times:
Former State Rep. Michael Fedele of Stamford will be the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, The News-Times has learned.
The matter is not official yet, but Gov. M. Jodi Rell is expected to make the formal announcement at a press conference Thursday.
Being from Stamford is also helpful, said Rep. John Frey, R-Ridgefield, who said Fedele’s name has been the buzz in the capitol on Monday.
"It’s great to have someone from lower Fairfield County who will understand the transportation needs," Frey said. "Maybe the governor would use him as the transportation czar." (Lucas)
That is apparently that.
More to come, I'm sure.
Lucas, Fred. "Rell to choose Stamford businessman as running mate." Danbury News-Times 15 May, 2006.