NORWALK, Conn. – The Working Families Party threw its support behind the incumbents this weekend, announcing in a Sunday press release it would endorse Bruce Morris (D-140) and Chris Perone (D-137) in their state representative re-election bids.
The Connecticut Working Families Party is an independent political party that advocates for working families across the state.
Both candidates are facing challenges from within the Democratic Party in the Aug. 12 primary election. Morris, who got the WFP endorsement in 2008 and 2010 and who is the Democratic-endorsed candidate, is being challenged by former at-large Common Councilman Warren Peña. Peña had the backing of the WFP in his successful 2011 run, and some observers pin his 2013 loss on his failure to court the WFP endorsement again.
Perone, a five-term incumbent, goes into the Aug.12 primary without the party endorsement, having been edged at the district election by two-term Councilman David Watts. Watts had been backed by the WFP in his two Council runs, but Perone has carried the party’s endorsement in four of his five prior state rep races, missing out only in his initial run in 2004.
WFP Executive Director Lindsay Farrell expressed confidence in the candidates’ staunch support of legislative initiatives that directly benefit working families and the middle class as a whole.
“Rep. Morris and Rep. Perone have shown time and time again that they are tireless champions of the middle class,” Farrell was quoted in the release. “Their work to increase the minimum wage, lower taxes for working families and help pass the Paid Family Sick Leave law makes it abundantly clear how passionate they are about defending working families in Connecticut.”
The Working Families Party was created in 1998 in New York and showed up in Connecticut in 2002. In 2010, it endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dannel P. Malloy, and some observers credit that backing with putting Malloy over the top against Republican Tom Foley. Malloy won the election by 6,400 votes, and got 26,308 votes on the WFP ballot line.