Mangiacopra returns to Council chambers, says baby son wants him to run

Norwalk Democrat Vinny Mangiacopra announces his intention to run for mayor in
Norwalk Democrat Vinny Mangiacopra announces his intention to run for mayor in May 2013. (File photo.)

Updated,  1:18 a.m. Feb. 12, comment from DTC Chairman Ed Camacho

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s been a while, but former Norwalk mayoral candidate Vinny Mangiacopra made a return appearance to the Common Council chambers Tuesday and was greeted warmly by the Democrats who supported him during his 2013 run for mayor.

Mangiacopra shook hands with Travis Simms (D-District B), David Watts (D-District A) and Phaedrel “Faye” Bowman (D-District B), all of whom are known to oppose Mayor Harry Rilling.

Rilling bested Mangiacopra by a more than 2-to-1 margin in the 2013 four-way Democratic mayoral primary, with former Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel and then-Common Councilman Matt Miklave well behind.

Asked about his intentions after the meeting, Mangiacopra told NancyOnNorwalk, “I am not going to comment on any political interest at this time. My wife and I welcomed our son Owen in December and we are just thrilled with the joy he has brought into our lives.

“With that said, I love Norwalk and maintain many of my past convictions about its future. I was lucky enough to get out tonight for a bit to see in person what I have been watching from afar.”

During the meeting, Mangiacopra sent out this tweet: “Maybe Brian Williams could run for Mayor of his town …?”

Williams, an NBC news anchor, was suspended for six months Tuesday amidst allegations that he embellished a story about an incident during the Iraq war. Mangiacopra did not respond to a late-night email asking for the context of that Tweet.

On Feb. 6, Mangiacopra Tweeted a photo of his 2-month old son, with the caption: “My boy is 2 months old today… he doesn’t walk yet but is encouraging a run.”

Mangiacopra did not respond to a late-night email asking for the context of that Tweet, either.

Councilman David Watts (D-District A) said he would definitely support Mangiacopra in a run for mayor.

Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ed Camacho said, “Vinny has not expressed to me an interest in running for any office in the fall election.”


13 responses to “Mangiacopra returns to Council chambers, says baby son wants him to run”

  1. Stephanie

    All due respect Mr. Mangiacopra, stop trying fix what’s not broken! You will never be Mayor of Norwalk.

  2. Carlos Rodriguez

    Fantastic! Exactly what this party and City needs. Step aside and let the future lead this City and get us out of this status quo mentality.

  3. EveT

    Candidates and elected officials say that their children are off limits . . . except when it serves their purposes.

  4. LWitherspoon


    Excellent observation. Thanks for the chuckle.

  5. Charlie. M

    I have known Vin all my life and Norwalk would be lucky to have a guy like him. Man who won’t turn his back on anyone. When you are looking at his party, you should be looking at his vision. Petty differences separate a world that was meant to be United.

  6. Sara Sikes

    Slow news day Nancy?

  7. Eric Parrish

    This guy is a phony…. maybe Ernie Newton will give him an endorsement.

  8. M. Murray’s

    Disappear for 2 years and come out just before election season.

  9. Nora King

    Wow. Amazing how mean some people can be. We should be embracing the fact that the younger generation wants to be involved and hold public office. True leaders look to mentor the next generation not attack and try to keep people out from being involved. One of the things that I have been inspired by with Vinny was his fresh ideas and the younger generation he inspired. Our current DTC chairman, Ed Camacho has fostered and brought younger people into our party and has helped mentor the next generation. This is needed.

  10. Tim D

    @Nora King – Do you think that he’s ready to be the Mayor of Norwalk or any city? That he has the experience to manage a city like Norwalk? That he’s savvy enough? Respected enough?

  11. piberman

    Nora King:
    Looking back over many decades our most able and longest serving mayors have been seasoned veterans of the political process. On occasion we’ve had young wannabees aim for the mayor’s seat without success including those with backgrounds no quite suited to the demands of the office. As a party we ought encourage the apprenticeship system, not aining for the top without sesoning .Mayor Rilling doesn’t fit the traditional apprenticeship ladder mode of success but brings the maturity, graciousness and previous accomplishments that make for success. Many strange things occur at Council meetings.

    Similarly our most able and well respected Council an BOE membes have typically been seasoned veterans of the political system. In years gone by youngsters intressted in City politics were noticed by their attendance at City meetings. Nowadays it seems they get noticed by runing for office. So we’re obligated to both encourage and train new entrants who seek to “serve”. Youth by itself has no advantage in City politics. What does really count is not youth, but experience and the ability to work well with ones elected colleagues especially those of the opposite party. There was a time when both Democrats and Republicans, including Independents, reguarly socialized with each other
    as good friends. Wouldn’t it be nice if those halcyon times returned to Norwalk.

  12. NorwalkVoter

    In noting his previous political experience it should have been noted his paid position in the Ernie Newton campaign in Bridgeport recently.

  13. Bill

    We already see what happens when BOE members have conflicts of interest (family in janitorial union), why would we want to have this guy in elected government when his wife is a teacher. Too many people with conflicts of interest trying to run Norwalk.

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