20 more Republican Leaders back Bernier
The list of GOP leaders includes State Central Committee members, Republican Town Committee executives and 15 delegates to the 2010 Connecticut Republican Convention. To date, Bernier has received support from 80 Republican leaders, including more than 50 delegates to the 2010 convention. The next Connecticut Republican Convention is expected to be held in May 2012.
Bernier said he was honored to have the support of so many party leaders this early in the process: “These Republicans are the backbone of our campaign and they are blazing the pathway to victory in 2012. We’re all committed to putting a Connecticut Republican in Congress and to breaking the Democratic monopoly in this state. We have a 41-town strategy, so I look forward to campaigning alongside them in every corner of the Fifth District as we work to bring commonsense and accountability back to government.”
Darren Cunningham, the 2009 Republican First Selectman candidate from Simsbury, pointed to Justin’s experience and energy in his endorsement of the candidate:“In these difficult times Connecticut needs a representative in Congress with the vision and foresight to fight for economic growth and a balanced budget. I’m supporting Justin Bernier for Congress because he has demonstrated the leadership skills sorely needed in Washington to achieve these goals.”
Cunningham continued, “Justin has always stood for the bedrock principles of the Republican Party: fiscal conservatism and a strong national defense. He has a proven record of service to our country and an earned reputation for getting things done when the stakes are high.”
Cunningham was chosen unanimously by the Simsbury RTC to serve as the Republican nominee for First Selectman in 2009. Cunningham now serves on the town’s Charter Revision Board and on the Conservation Commission/Inland Wetlands Board. He is a former member of the Planning Commission.
This latest news comes on the heels of an impressive fundraising quarter for Bernier. The campaign ended the second quarter of the year having raised more than $220,000 to date, an amount that compares favorably with past nominees in the Fifth District.
Bernier’s achievements have earned recognition from the National Republican Congressional Committee, which put Bernier’s candidacy “On the Radar” last month.
An intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Bernier is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a former official in the administration of Governor M. Jodi Rell. He currently serves on the state’s Commission on Compensation of Elected State Officials and Judges, where he was the lone vote to reduce the pay of Connecticut politicians.
List of new supporters:
Avon – James McCarthy, RTC Vice Chair*
Brookfield – Matt Grimes, RTC Treasurer*
Cornwall – Carl Hermann, RTC Chair*
Goshen – Tom Breakell, Selectman
Goshen – Anders Nygren, RTC Treasurer
Kent – George Jacobsen, Selectman
Kent – Vince LaFontan, Fmr. Selectman
Meriden – Jim Belote, State Central Committee member*
Meriden – Chris DiAngeli, RTC Treasurer*
Meriden – Joan Edgerly *
Meriden – David White*
Newtown – Joseph DiCandido *
Norfolk – Colleen Gundlach *
Sharon – Eric Seibold, RTC Treasurer*
Simsbury – Darren Cunningham, 2009 Candidate for First Selectman *
Southington – Doug Hageman, State Central Committee member *
Torrington – Gerry Zordan, RTC Vice Chair
Wolcott – Rachel Wisler, Town Council Member
Wolcott – Samuel Zotto, Fmr. RTC Chair*
(*) indicates 2010 Republican Convention Delegate.