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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Farrell Gets Attention at Democratic Party Fundraiser

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Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell got plenty of attention at tonight’s Democratic Party fundraiser in Southington, including some advice from New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, prominently mentioned as a vice presidential candidate.

Many of the 1,200 guests attending the 56th annual Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey dinner at the Aqua Turf Club sported blue and white “Diane Farrell for Congress” stickers and Richardson called attention to her during his keynote address.

“Look around you, future Congresswoman, don’t forget those people who are supporting you, remember them when you are elected,” said Richardson, a former member of Congress, U.N. ambassador, and secretary of energy under President Clinton.

The first-term Democrat is considered to be on the short list of running mates for presidential candidate John Kerry.

He told reporters he is happy governing his state and has no plans to leave anytime soon but declined to completely rule it out.

“I’ve always said that I love my job. I have unfinished business in New Mexico,” Richardson said. “I’ve got the best job in the world already.”

Richardson said he will do all that he can to get Kerry elected.

He said for Democrats to regain the White House, they must dwell on the party’s positive offerings such as job creation and helping all families achieve the “American dream” rather than criticize the Bush administration.

The significance of a New Mexico governor being invited to speak at a Connecticut political event was not lost on Richardson.

“It means I’m not just out in the West. I’m not just a regional leader,” he said.

Richardson thanked Westporter Bob Rose for helping arrange his appearance at the dinner. “Bobby Rose brought me here,” he said.

Rose, who is the Democratic Committee finance co-chairman, said the dinner was expected to raise about $300,000.

Posted 04/20/04 at 02:46 AM


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