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Opinion: L’Affaire Bacchiochi: An argument for nixing the conventions

When former independent Gov. Lowell P. Weicker told WNPR’s John Dankosky and readers of the state’s largest newspaper last week that the Connecticut Republican Party is “irrelevant,” he had no idea that a couple of days later a GOP candidate for lieutenant governor would say something so stupid that she would become the very embodiment of his observation.

Just when they were hoping to have a painless convention that would happily renominate 2010 gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley by a huge margin, GOP officials were grappling with the bizarre comments of state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi, who only 24 hours earlier and without foundation, had accused one of her Republican LG opponents of trying to make an issue of her biracial family.

The story is beyond strange for several reasons. First, Bacchiochi made her comments last Friday morning on Jim Vicevich’s morning show on WTIC radio. Early in the interview, she mentioned that there were some state Republicans who were slinging mud at her.

When Vicevich neglected to ask her what the charges were and who was making them, Bacchiochi eagerly brought the subject up again a few minutes later and invoked her biracial family, adding that, “Can you believe that my own Republicans would try to make that an issue in this convention? I’m devastated and I’m shocked by that.”

Contributing op-ed columnist Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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