Norwalk Republicans endorsed by Independent Party

Norwalk Republicans from left: District 137 State Representative candidate Ellen Wink, 142 District State Representative candidate Fred Wilms, State Rep. Terri Wood (R-141), State Senate candidate Elisavet “Ellie” Kousidis, District 143 State Representative candidate Patrizia Zucaro. (Contributed)

The 2020 election is scheduled for Nov. 3.

NORWALK, Conn. —The Independent Party of Connecticut has endorsed five Norwalk Republicans as candidates for the State legislature, Republicans say.

Endorsed are:

  • Ellie Kousidis, District 25 State Senate candidate
  • State Rep. Terri Wood (141)
  • Ellen Wink, District 137 State Representative candidate
  • Fred Wilms, District 141 State Representative candidate
  • Patrizia Zucaro, District 143 State Representative candidate


That’s every Norwalk Republican Statehouse candidate but John Flynn, who was endorsed for District 140 State Representative.

“We are most grateful that in this turbulent time for the nation and the state that Connecticut’s Independent Party sees fit to look beyond politics and endorse this dedicated group of people who are working hard and will work even harder for the residents of their districts after they are elected,” Norwalk Republican Town Committee Chairman Carl Dickens is quoted as saying.

Wood, an incumbent running unopposed for reelection, said, “I’m grateful to be endorsed by the Independent Party of Connecticut. They recognize my dedication of putting people and good policy over politics…  good idea is a good idea regardless of party. I’ve always served — and will continue to serve — putting constituent interests and needs first and not the agenda of a political party.”

Kousidis is seeking to unseat State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, a Democrat.

“Our State government must serve the needs of every resident in our community. As I accept the generous endorsement of Connecticut’s Independent Party, I pledge to my constituents that I will maintain an open dialogue about the important issues we face,” the press release quotes her as saying.

Wilms is challenging State Rep. Lucy Dathan, a Democrat who took the seat two years ago. Wilms held the seat for four years before Dathan took it from him.

“Connecticut’s economic and fiscal problems transcend party labels. To put us on the path to success, I am willing to work with all like-minded organizations. I appreciate the Independent Party’s vote of confidence in my approach,” Wilms is quoted as saying.

Zucaro is competing with Democratic candidate Stephanie Thomas for the seat being vacated by State Rep. Gail Lavielle.

“I’m very pleased to have received the endorsement of the Independent Party, because it reflects my commitment to taking a balanced approach to the complex public health, educational, employment, public safety, and infrastructure issues that have so profoundly affected the lives of everyone in Connecticut this year,” Zucaro is quoted as saying.

Wink is seeking to unseat State Rep. Chris Perone, a Democrat.

“I sincerely appreciate endorsement by the Independent Party of Connecticut,” she is quoted as saying. “My candidacy is centered around representing all citizens of the 137th. District. The endorsement acknowledges my respect for independent thought and legislative responsibility to work for the interests of everyone—not just connected special interest groups.”


Joe September 2, 2020 at 3:22 am

So, how are these so called republicans going to vote to extend King Lamont’s NEW unilateral freedom and travel restrictions through March 2022, in light of the fact that the CDC has now reported that only 6% of covid deaths are due to covid alone.

That means that out of Connecticut’s 4,466 Covid related deaths, ONLY 267 of those deaths are due to Covid alone. Mind you, that’s 266 out of a population of 3.5 MILLION!

CDC now says the other 94% of deaths are due to 2.3 other health problems like lung cancer, bone cancer, blood cancer, diabetes, aneurysms, strokes, brain disease, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, suicide, car accidents, whatever.

Lamont and his democrat political mob are ruining our lives and restricting our freedoms because of less than 300 Connectickers dying since February 15.

And while I’m at it … this is the STATE of Connecticut. Not the COUNTRY of Connecticut.

United States’ citizens have the right to travel from state to state without Democrat Nazi check point charlies and thousand dollar fines.

Oh, and what about our crazy democrat sanctuary city policy with non english speaking foreign peasants coming and going from foreign countries without filling out Lamont’s travel form.

Ask Open Borders Boughton about that. Last week it’s his illegals that are messing up the curve. Not my family.

My family is healthy and uses common sense. Lamont is treating my family like we’re ignorant barbarians.

And any politician that votes to continue Lamont’s ham-handed freedom and work restrictions loses my vote.


Mike Mushak September 2, 2020 at 9:29 am

It’s hard to take any of these CT Republican candidates seriously in the age of Trump, especially since they refuse to denounce him and his corrupt policies which they tacitly endorse by having an “R” next to their name.

As we speak, the morally corrupt Republican Party is in FULL SUPPORT of the racist lying Trump and his raping of our environment including destroying the quality of our air and water and national treasures like the Alaska Wilderness, destroying voter access and rights especially for the poor and minorities, taking over women’s most private health decisions, destroying healthcare for millions and denying universal childcare especially to the working poor who need it most, destroying our public education system through defunding while pushing inequitable for-profit models, separating children from their parents in a campaign of terror on our borders and fighting any smart immigration reform for decades, destroying our standing around the world by abandoning our allies and siding with dictators and cozying up to Russia, doing nothing about the epidemic of gun violence including in our schools and cities, and taking money out of the pockets of the poor and middle class to give tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations.

Oh, let’s not forget their disgusting assault on LGBTQ rights including their continuing support of a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality (that’s right, the official Republican platform still includes banning marriage equality across the nation), and there support of a ban on patriotic transgender troops from our military despite the full support of transgender troops from our own military leaders.

As a gay man who has devoted my life fighting for social justice, and who was married to my husband a few years ago by our priest in my church St. Pauls on the Green right here in Norwalk in the presence of God and close friends, I am personally horrified by the idea of any Republican holding office in CT, a state that was a pioneer in protecting our rights which was an effort led by Democrats in Hartford before becoming the law of the land across the nation, which again was led by Democrats and opposed by Republicans.

Those of us in our large and politically active LGBTQ community will never forget when the CT Republican Party including the so-called local moderates Terri Wood and Fred Wilms took their marching orders directly from Trump and his religious fanatic thugs in DC and voted against Andrew McDonald as America’s first gay State Supreme Court Chief Justice, even though they both had voted for him previously to serve on the Court. Their excuses when held accountable were both laughable and insulting.

It proved that these so-called moderate Republicans did not have the courage or principles to say no to Trump and his thugs in Washington. What else would these cowardly Republican politicians do to harm CT residents if Trump asked them too? And when Trump goes away this November, who believes the Republican Party will suddenly revert from the party of hate to a party of reason and inclusiveness, after years of being corrupted by white supremacists and religious bigots?

Sorry, what Republicans are selling we aren’t buying here in CT. We’re too smart for that damaged brand of hate and divisiveness that the Republican Party has become in the age of Trump with the full support of the snarling spineless opportunitists who now lead the GOP.

We deserve a better country, a better CT, and a better tomorrow for all of us no matter who we love, what our skin color is, what gender we are, what religion we are, where we were born, or how much money we make.

This is our beloved country of America, and this year is a fight for the very soul of our nation. Vote “D” for Democrat and for our democracy across the board, early or on election day!

John O'Neill September 2, 2020 at 3:52 pm

Note to Ellen Wink: If you promise to show up for any meetings or votes, you should win this like Secretariat won Belmont in 1973. Please volunteer for Energy Committee so you can let Norwalkers know what the heck is going on with Eversource. I know it’s a lot to ask but we’d appreciate representation in Hartford. Bring a cloth as the seat might be dusty.

CT-Patriot September 2, 2020 at 10:41 pm

Mike, the TDS is strong in you…

Sure, let’s all vote for Democrats who are openly supporting the riots, looting, destroying businesses killing people. Yeah, great idea.

I guess Hershel Walker who’s known Donald Trump 37+ years is wrong?

Our economy, our military, our boarders, all stronger with President Trump. NATO paying their share, better trade deals, lowest unemployment, ending injustice in imprisonment, lowering taxes, increasing manufacturing, becoming oil and gas independent..I could go on.

All that and more in three years, with all the phoney Russia collusion, Ukraine nonsense, impeachment. All media totally against him.

Ask yourself why?

A businessman who made/lost/made again his fortune not in politics. A businessman who is shaking up corrupt politicians and establishment.

The curtain has been pulled back on just how dirty, unethical, cheating politicians and they don’t like it.

Now,Democrats are working on how to overturn the vote come election day. They plan to flood mail in ballots, hold over counts and deny the real winner. Even the media is working on this. On November 3rd when polls close and tallies have been projected, no one will come out to say President Trump has been projected to be the 45th President on his 2nd term.

Hillary is still bitter and why do you think she said Biden should NEVER concede. All that aforementioned is to keep lawyers busy contesting ballot counts as days pass long enough to find more. It’s a known Saul Alinski playbook term.

I’ll take President Trump, Cruz, Gaetz, Jordan, Scott, Meadows and other strong conservatives over the weak Biden who’s nothing more than a vessel for AOC, Ohmar, Talib, Pressly, Pelosi.

Go easy next time you drink the MSM Kool-aid as its beginning to show a hatred to others. You’re almost borderline Antifa thinking.

I just disagree with your premise but wish you well all the same.

CT-Patriot September 2, 2020 at 11:07 pm

Please remind me..what cities are under riots, looting, destruction of businesses, killings? That would be Democrat run cities, NOT Republican.

Yes, our Republic is at risk from the far left Democrats. Its plain as day.

Is it true then Herschel Walker is a liar? He’s known Donald Trump over 37 years and clearly says Donald Trump is not a racist.

In three years, President Trump has accomplished so much.

In the 46+ years, Joe Biden accompanied what? Please, take your time since he’s been in government for so long, the list must be staggering.

As for taxes, I enjoy keeping as much of what I freely earned for myself.

But, Democrats always seem to want to tax everyone else’s money.

Here’s a thought..next time when you file, there is a line near the bottom. You can offer as much as you want. Go ahead, no one is stopping you. If you don’t, guess that makes you a hypocrite.

So, riots, tumults, death and destruction?

Or freedom, liberty, law and order, prosperity?

Republicans will always be with those traits of freedom, liberty, prosperity and law and order.

Choose wisely on November 3rd.

John ONeill September 2, 2020 at 11:40 pm

@Mike – It seems like you’re pretty fired up. We love the intensity.
It should be pointed out that local elections in CT should have nothing to do with Presidential election. Why? Thanks to Dem state policies over past 50 years we are broke More businesses are moving out then moving in.
Who do you think has been regulating utilities for last few decades. Hell, we have a Democrat Rep on the Energy committee from Norwalk. Checking agenda from this year’s only two committee meetings that rep was a no show. Bad timing I guess.
While I share some of your concerns about our President, he’s not responsible for the ineptitude we have watched in Hartford. I’m sure you would agree CT is not a better place than it was 20 years ago
What is a better place than 20 years ago is Calf Pasture Beach!! I would like to thank our Mayor and our Police officers for creating a terrific experience for ALL Norwalkers this summer It is totally appreciated. Any negative publicity our police get from publicity hungry politicians is dwarfed by the positive impact they have on our community. Thank You Chief K and your team. Mike, I’m sure you would second that.

Ct. V September 3, 2020 at 6:34 am


I’m sorry your comment section has become a Fox News Facebook post comment section. It used to have interesting debate about Norwalk. Now it’s just people yelling about Hillary Clinton and spewing false COVID news. Ugh.

CT-Patriot September 3, 2020 at 8:46 am

You mean Only 9,210 Americans Died From COVID-19 Alone – Rest Had Different Other Serious Illnesses?

That is DIRECTLY from the CDC.

Sorry if it does not fit yours and others narrative on Covid-19 “pandemic”.

As for Hillary? That evil woman has yet to accept defeat, plain and simple and is acting to undermine the election along with Democrats. See articles by the firm Hawkfish.

A Democrat operative who worked covertly in a massive voter fraud operation blew the whistle to New York Post reporter Jon Levine and revealed how Democrats will try to steal the 2020 election with their mail-in vote scheme.

So yes, there is a wee bit of concern when it comes to dealing with elections whether its state, local or national.

BTW, what’s wrong with Fox News?

I do not watch MSM as they carry the water for Democrats and support their methods. There is no real journalism anymore.

I do hope and pray that Connecticut wakes up and finally puts more Republicans in control for awhile.

Republicans may not be the answer to all your problems…

But Democrats are the source of all the problems.

Ct. V September 3, 2020 at 10:58 pm

@ct-patriot Thanks for proving my point. The 6% number is QAnon garbage. If you actually looked at the numbers you would see more than 50% of the secondary causes of death were things like acute respiratory distress or kidney failure, which were caused by COVID.

And again, the comment section falls into a bunch of dumb conspiracy theories.

CT-Patriot September 4, 2020 at 6:04 am

CT. V so the CDC is now QAnon?

6% is a “pure” Covid-19 death without comorbidities.

Can you comprehend what the CDC is confirming?

Sure, add in “other factors” and the level increases. Kind of obvious if you read the report thoroughly. Proof from the CDC below.

Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.

Just didn’t fit your narrative?

Point proven that one must read and comprehend what the CDC reported.

Ct. V September 4, 2020 at 8:10 am

@ct-patriot your facts are right from the cdc but your interpretation is amazingly wrong and what QAnon has been pushing. The comorbidities you note are often things caused by COVID. If COVID causes acute respiratory distress syndrome (noted as a comorbidity in 20% of cases) the cause is still COVID Which caused respiratory issues. Other comobidoties noted we don’t know whether they were a contributing factor to the death (they had heart issues before getting COVID) or whether they didn’t have heart issues but COVID caused heart inflammation which is then listed in the death report.

The issue here isn’t the facts, it’s conspiracy theorists skewing the facts to make it seem like COVID is not a big deal. It is.

Bryan Meek September 4, 2020 at 8:50 am

Oh and McDonald who still sits on the Supreme Court was denied the Chief’s role on a bipartisan vote. That is how democracy really works. Mushak wants single party authoritarian rule by his own admission. No thanks.

Bryan Meek September 4, 2020 at 12:06 pm

Fred and Terri were not in the Senate. They are as responsible as the bipartisan vote against Mcdonald as is every local Democrat being responsible for Pelosi’s Let them Eat Cake attitude.

CT-Patriot September 4, 2020 at 10:31 pm

To be clear:

According to the CDC from April 2009 to April 2010 there were about 60.8 million cases of the swine flu with 12,469 deaths in the United States

The 6% Covid-19 deaths in the US equates to 9,200.

So for H1N1, no pandemic or shutdown of the world economy.

For Covid-19, pandemic, shut down the world economy.

With facts, it’s well known now that the whole mass hysteria on Covid is just foolish.

We shutdown our entire economy for a 6% loss of life? Not saying losing a loved one to Covid is trivial.

What I AM saying it was (lockdown) tanking our economy was a very poor choice and data has shown in areas where there was no lockdown, deaths and infection DROPPED.

Yes Covid is terrible. However those we put our trust in have overstepped.

Now, why but the country through this with a flourishing economy and a strong leader the year an election will commence? Not crock-pot conspiracy but facts lead to the only way the election can be influenced. Control, fear, doubt, all Saul Alinsky tactics put into play by Democratic players.

Face it, Biden is a vessel…he’s week and highly doubtful he will win.

With a pandemic you can control most everything, crash an economy and weaken a leader.

BTW, I’m still waiting on that Russia conspiracy…you know, the one Hillary and her ilk actually started.

All I can hope for is Republicans take back control of Connecticut and soon before the Democrats attack goons Antifa and BLM show their faces.

There’s lots of wealth in CT, and soon enough, those Antifa/BLM will come to CT. and start destroying and disrupting our way of life.

Thomas Belmont September 20, 2020 at 5:35 am

Biden, Murphy, Blumenthal, Himes, and the Other Democrat Congressional Democrats have placed AFFH on the ballot. AFFH will destroy local zoning laws and succumb to a Federal takeover. Placement of Low cost Housing will be mandated throughout the suburbs in extreme numbers and places and single family homes will carry the burden of cost thru property taxes that will DOUBLE. Will you please make this known to the voters in our district as this fact is a whisper the Democrats don’t want us hear.

john j. flynn September 28, 2020 at 8:38 am

The Independent party did not return my call. Hilarious. Barrett Trumps Biden. Kamala will cross examine Amy and ruin all her chances. Viva la Independents.

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