Wilms campaign touts endorsement

The 2020 election is scheduled for Nov. 3. Many Norwalkers are voting by absentee ballot.

NORWALK, Conn. – Republican District 142 candidate Fred Wilms has been endorsed by NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business).

Wilms is seeking to unseat State Rep. Lucy Dathan, a Democrat who defeated him two years ago after he had held the seat for four years.

“NFIB is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals,” it states on its website. “In my professional banking position, I work with small businesses in Norwalk, New Canaan and Fairfield County,” Wilms said in announcing the endorsement. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. Small businesses employ far more people than large corporations. Too often the Hartford democrats treat small businesses as adversaries, rather than as friends. We need to reform the tax code, licensing requirements, the regulatory structure, unemployment & worker’s compensation and health care access.”

Former State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142).

District 142 is comprised of parts of New Canaan and Norwalk; Dathan lives in the Silvermine portion of New Canaan while Wilms is a Norwalk resident.

Wilms has also been endorsed by the Norwalk Police union and the Independent Party. Dathan has been endorsed by Connecticut REALTORS®, Planned Parenthood Connecticut and NARAL, The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) and the Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter.


Mike Mushak October 16, 2020 at 8:49 am

It is shocking that Fred Wilms would be proud of this endorsement from the NFIB, which is anything but non-partisan despite their white-washed website language. Read the fine print. They are a right-wing lobbying group fighting in the halls of Congress against workers rights and union protections every day.

The NFIB has been a strong ally of the Trump Administration in its relentless attack on affordable healthcare, union protections, minimum wage, OSHA regulations that protect workers’ health and safety and saves lives, and environmental regulations that protect our air and water.

Makes you wonder how the police union feels about Wilms openly supporting anti-union measures. I predict the rank and file police officers working hard every day are going to regret the day their union leadership flipped to endorse anti-union Republicans for petty political purposes. It’s basically the police shooting themselves in the foot, which is so ironic for the police who have been trained on firearm safety!

John O'Neill October 16, 2020 at 3:27 pm

@Mike: As I read this, my first thought was you’re “spitting in the wind”!! I think you might want to give our police officers some credit. There are too many people who underestimate how intelligent our police force is. Why on earth would anyone who was unfairly and blindly demonized by the those you support endorse those critics? That’s insanity.

Michael McGuire October 16, 2020 at 5:51 pm

Hmmm. Last I checked most jobs came from small business……even in CT.

I think most police officers can think for themselves. There is a balance that people with common sense recognize and can appreciate.

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