Tapping GOP Support in Greenwich [VIDEO]

Republican Congressional candidate Wayne Winsley gets Greenwich-based support to unseat incumbent Rosa DeLauro.


Candidates for national office know that Greenwich's political pockets can run deep when it comes to financial support.

This spring the expected Republican presidential candidate at a fund-raiser hosted by incument state Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36).

So it wasn't surprising that another GOP candidate tapped Greenwich resources Wednesday night to support his bid to unseat 11-term US Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-3). About 2 dozen supporters and key Greenwich Republicans, including Frantz, hosted a fund-raiser for Wayne Winsley, the challenger hoping to unseat 11-term Democratic US Rep. Rosa DeLauro, whose 3rd Congressional District includes parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties.

Winsley said he hopes to raise nearly a half-million dollars to unseat DeLauro who he described as having "grown arrogant and entitled as if the office is her right." Attendees at the cocktail reception at the backcountry home of Greenwich Realtor Mark Pruner, who writes a weekly column for Greenwich Patch, paid a minimum of $200 to meet with Winsley, who lives in Naugatuck with his wife and family.

And judging by the applause, attendees including former Greenwich state representative Dolly Powers, incumbent state representative and Deputy Leader-at-Large Pam Sawyer (R-55) who drove in from upstate Bolton, Eva Maldonado who's running against incumbent Stamford state Rep. Gerald Fox (D-146), and Betsi Shays, wife of former US Rep. Chris Shays who last week lost a US Senate primary bid to Linda McMahon, all agreed with Winsley's message that it was time for a change in Washington.

As she arrived, Winsley thanked Shays for helping to launch his congressional campaign. "When you've been in the business as long as I have, you recognize talent when you see it," Shays told Winsley as she embraced him.

The 49-year-old Winsley, a 20-plus year broadcast radio veteran turned motivational speaker, said he wants to "help restore the promise of America" by helping to young people transition from a life funded by food stamps to full-time employment and "to remove barriers for small and medium sized businesses to grow and create jobs."

Winsley, who grew up in an orphanage and at Boys' Town, and is a US Navy veteran and author, said, "Our kids deserve more than a food stamp future." He also said that constituents are telling him in candidates' forums he is hosting they want a legislator is more responsive and interactive with them. "She's good at customer service ... they get a call back, but they don't get what they need," Winsley said.

The fund-raiser also was co-hosted by Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, incumbent state Rep. Livvy Floren (R-149), Doug Fields, former Greenwich Republican Town Committee Chair Ed Dadakis, current RTC Chair Jim Campbell and former Ambassador Tom Foley of Greenwich for whom Winsley worked on his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Winsley also worked on the short-lived 2010 gubernatorial campaign of Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

Palin Smith August 23, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Who is Wayne Winsley? He's an American success story. Watch this: http://youtu.be/RrRsgMMGScQ
AgentRose August 23, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Wayne Winsley is the real thing. A breath of fresh air compared to the damp fetid smell of DeLauro and her cronies. Let's help us make his name a household word. What a story!
AgentRose August 23, 2012 at 03:54 PM
We'll knock on doors, make phone calls Wayne. You're the leader let us know.
MAC August 23, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I met Wayne a year ago at an Israeli flag-raising ("Restoring Courage") event at the Capitol in Hartford, and was immediately so impressed when Winsley spoke about our essential alliance with Israel. As a very intelligent and articulate navy vet, Wayne knows whereof he speaks! With his background of achievement after an underprivileged childhood, he also KNOWS that DeLauro's demands for a 'cradle to grave' "entitlement" and DEPENDENT (upon big government) nation are exactly the WRONG prescription for what ails our nation. What DeLauro and her fellow statists in congress have done is only making the economy and quality of life in our society WORSE! The incompetent career politician DeLauro needs to go, and Winsley is the perfect replacement! Never have I been so excited about a congressional candidate as I am about Wayne Winsley!! Those who agree about DeLauro and would like to help this exciting campaign can go to: http://www.winsleyforcongress.com/ to donate, and to volunteer, as well as get tickets to: "Stand-Up For A Change Event" On Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 at 7:30 PM an evening of comedy in support of Wayne Winsley for Congress will be held at The Palace Theater in Danbury, CT.


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