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Report: DeLauro Appearance for Farrell Ruffles Republican Feathers

The New Haven Register reported today that Republican feathers were ruffled earlier this month when Rep. Rosa DeLauro from Connecticuts 3rd Congressional District ventured into the neighboring 4th District to stump with Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell, who is challenging incumbent Rep. Christopher Shays.

Neither ShaysҒ congressional office, nor his campaign, would comment on the purported offense, which one Shays supporter said is without modern precedent in his district, the newspaper said.

But Rep. Rob Simmons a Republican from Connecticuts 2nd District, who two years ago saw out-of-district Dems stump in his district for then-challenger Joe Courtney, said that he would not do such a thing, at least not without a courtesy call to the affected colleague/fellow incumbent, the report said.

“ThatҒs just a rule that I follow,” Simmons told the newspaper. “Im not sure that everyone does, but I follow that rule to the best of my ability.”

Connecticut Democrats saw the matter differently, one characterizing the Republicans complaint using a mild barnyard expletive, the Register said.

FarrellҒs campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Farrell toured Fairfield County March 15, the day she formally kicked off her campaign for Congress. DeLauro joined Farrell at a stump speech in Norwalk.

DeLauro spokeswoman Lesley Sillaman said only that the congresswoman “was invited to attend Diane Farrells candidacy kick-off in Norwalk. She was pleased to attend,” the newspaper reported.

Earlier this year, DeLauro and Rep. John Larson a Democrat from the 1st District, stumped for fellow Democrat Jim Sullivan when he kicked off his campaign against Simmons. They did so, however, in Hartford, in LarsonҒs district

Simmons, who represents the most Democratic district of any Republican in the House of Representatives, can expect to be victimized by carpetbagging Democrats through November, said Sullivan campaign spokesman Michael Winters.

“We look forward to having both (DeLauro and Larson) in the district, and lots of other Democrats. We hope it drives Rob Simmons crazy,” Winters said.

5 thoughts on “Report: DeLauro Appearance for Farrell Ruffles Republican Feathers

  1. I am shocked! Shocked that the Republican freshman representative Simoons takes umbrage at one Democrat supporting another in the latter’s district. Who has even asked Rep. Simmons to help them. He has so little experience that he is an almost-challenger.

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