NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Republicans laughed a lot last week as they endorsed their political candidates, and you can see it all here in pictures.
Some of the laugh lines were seemingly innocuous, as when Common Councilman Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large) nominated Peter Andreoli for constable with the words, “He’s been at it for a while and he’s doing a good job.” Bonenfant got some laughs when he stumbled while nominating Town Clerk Rick McQuaid for re-election and explained, “This was thrown at me at the last minute.” Then there was McQuaid’s attempt to send up Council President Jerry Petrini (R-District D), who is not running for re-election.
“I really tried to get Jerry to stay tonight, when I first saw him,” McQuaid said. “I told him that we had his children, his wife in a hostage location. He said, ‘Alright.’ I said, ‘We also have the Maserati on blocks.’ He said, ‘Not the Maserati!’ But he’s still OK.”
There were also some titters as RTC Vice Chairman Peter Nolin pointed out that no one has seen Democrat Anna Duleep in a while. And District D Chairman John Romano got a strong reaction when he theatrically stood and said, “I am proud to announce from District D, the land of trees and honey, the area in town that has the most registered Republicans.”
You will also see Democrat Eloisa Melendez in the crowd. No, she wasn’t thinking about jumping the District A ship, she said – she was there because she lost a trivia contest with Councilman David McCarthy. The bet was that the loser would go to the other person’s town committee meeting, and she chose the nominating convention because that was more interesting, she said.
She did wear blue. Just to make a statement.