NORWALK – Common Council member Bruce Kimmel (D-District D) threw his support to the campaign of Republican incumbent Mayor Richard Moccia in the Friday afternoon press release.
Kimmel, a registered Democrat who is running for an at-large council seat on the Republican ticket, cited what he said was Moccia’s strong record of improving Norwalk’s schools, reducing crime and keeping unemployment low.
“Dick Moccia has spent his time as mayor working with the people of Norwalk to protect the future of our city, and he has gotten results,” Kimmel said in the release. “Now, Norwalk is home to the best education system in the state, a strong economy and a close-knit, welcoming community.”
Kimmel cited a recent study by Connecticut Magazine that named Norwalk No. 1 among the state’s eight largest cities for education and community engagement in Connecticut. Norwalk’s other strong rankings for economy and low crime rate led Connecticut Magazine to name the city as the second best large town in the state, he said.
“That kind of improvement doesn’t happen overnight,” he added. “The mayor protected Norwalk through the toughest of economic times and major natural disasters. While the rest of Connecticut suffers high unemployment, negative economic growth and an insecure future, Norwalk enjoys strong employment, businesses flocking to our city and a perfect bond rating. … He deserves another term.”
Democratic mayoral candidate Harry Rilling was nonplussed at Kimmel’s endorsement
“It’s not unexpected,” Rilling said. “I mean he’s a Democrat running on the Republican ticket.”
Kimmel was elected as a Democrat in 2011 and left the Democratic caucus shortly afterward, one of two Democrats to defect after being elected. The other was Michael Geake.
In January 2013, Kimmel joined the Republican caucus, effectively ending any support from the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee for a future re-election bid.
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