What about Governor Rell? She ended weeks of speculation and announced former State Representative Michael Fedele as her running-mate.
He is featured in this editorial from the The Advocate
A lot of considerations typically go into a political decision like this one. Few people know exactly what Ms. Rell and her advisers were thinking when they asked Mr. Fedele to come along for what is sure to be a very memorable campaign...
Some speculated that Ms. Rell looked toward southwestern Connecticut for a running mate to blunt the effect should Mr. Malloy become the Democratic nominee. That is fodder for comment in itself. But there are smart political reasons to look for a partner here, no matter who the Democratic candidate is. Lower Fairfield County is rich in voters and in potential campaign contributors. A Stamford running mate gives Ms. Rell entrÂe to tremendous financial and human capital.
But Mr. Fedele brings more to the ticket. His is an immigrant's success story -- the kind that is told over and over in Stamford and should resonate with an awful lot of people on the campaign trail...
In Hartford, Mr. Fedele was a voice for business, and especially the concerns of the small-business owner. He was bringing experience to bear. His credentials should help Ms. Rell as she makes her pitch to business leaders on the campaign trail. The governor has said that one of her goals is to reduce business taxes and attract new businesses to the state. Mr. Fedele's presence should add heft to that effort.
His personal style also is very well suited for the Republican ticket this year. Unlike a typical politician, Mr. Fedele comes across as genuine and straightforward, much as Ms. Rell does. Even those who have opposed Mr. Fedele in past campaigns say he is a decent and honorable person. That quality is more and more rare in politics and could work to the Republicans' advantage, especially if the race is close and the politics turn nasty.
For these reasons and more, Ms. Rell has selected a fine running mate.
I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Fedele at the State Republican Convention. The first time, I was walking to the parking lot while he was walking to the building and we casually said hello and spoke of our excitement of the day, just merely in passing. In all honesty, I had no clue who he was. The next time, I was with a Rell campaign staffer in the back stage area and met him in his "ready room" before accepting the nomination for Lt. Governor. I realized that he looked familiar but it didn't click. When I was introduced, he said, "yes, we met earlier near the parking lot". Yes, we had...and of all the people he surely met that day, I was surprised that he, in Nancy Johnson fashion (Nancy never seems to forget someone she meets) remembered me. We spoke for a few moments and I was on my way. Of all the speechess on that very loooong day, Fedele's sticks out the most to me. He spoke of "the loaf of bread" we are given in life. As a youngster, he thought it was to eat but as he has grown, he has learned that it is to share. The more you share, the more you will get back and more importantly, the more you will get out of life. It was a telling story of a seemingly humble, intelligent man and a showing of what we should expect from him as Lt. Governor. This is a guy who gets "it".
This Advocate has it right on. Fedele is a tremendous asset to Rell and will be for the state once he is elected.
Editorial, "A Strong Partner in the Rell Campaign". Stamford Advocate, May 26, 2006