Democrats Endorse Greenwich Businessman Lamont For Governor

Former Secretary Of The State Susan Bysiewicz Endorsed For Lieutenant Governor

AP
May 19, 2018 - 4:33 pm

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont easily won the state's Democratic Party's endorsement for governor Saturday, 12 years after he challenged the party's veteran U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman in a race seen as a referendum on the war in Iraq.

Lamont, who ultimately lost to Lieberman in the general election and lost a bid for governor in 2010, joked how it felt unfamiliar to stand on the stage at the Democratic State Convention and except the party's official backing.

"I'm not going to let you down. I'm going to fight my heart out for each and every one of you," he said. "We're going to win this thing in November. We're going to save Connecticut."

Lamont easily defeated Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim by winning the support of 87 percent of the delegates. But he still potentially faces a primary on Aug. 14. Ganim said he plans to continue trying to collect the roughly 15,500 signatures he needs to petition his way onto the primary ballot. Retired Greenwich business executive Guy Smith also intends to collect signatures.

Meanwhile, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (BY'-suh-wits) earned the endorsement for lieutenant governor, but the veteran politician is facing what could be a tough primary challenge.

Eva Bermudez-Zimmerman, a 30-year-old labor negotiator from Sandy Hook, managed to win nearly 40 percent of the support of the delegates at Saturday's Democratic state convention. She needed 15 percent of the vote to automatically qualify for the Aug. 14 primary.

Bermudez-Zimmerman's strong showing comes amid concern from Democrats about the ticket lacking enough racial and ethnic diversity. The 56-year-old Bysiewicz, who stepped away from running for governor to become Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont's running mate, is white. Bermudez-Zimmerman, a Latina, says "new leaders" are needed to change Connecticut for everyone.

Bysiewiecz urged Democrats to unite and defeat Republicans.