Middletown Democratic mayoral candidate Dan Drew trounced his primary opponent Christine Bourne yesterday but Bourne says she will run as an independent. Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) Chair Nancy DiNardo should do all she can to keep that from happening. Drew got 76 percent of the vote yesterday, winning all 14 districts.
As has been written in this space before, Drew is exactly the type of candidate Democrats and Middletown needs—a young, smart, family man who is clearly dedicated to his town and determined to make a difference. He is however, facing an entrenched, well-connected (possibly questionably connected) opponent in Republican Mayor Giuliano.
Giuliano defeated Drew last time around by a rather small margin so it’s clear that Drew will need every vote he can possibly get. Bourne presence on the ballot can only hurt Drew, even if it’s only slightly. That’s where DiNardo and company come in. DSCC released a statement this morning praising the Democratic winners in primaries across the state. That’s all well and good but some action is needed here.
Other big names such as Gov. Dannel Malloy and US Senate candidate (and Middletown resident) Susan Bysiewicz have endorsed Drew. They realize a lot is at stake here. It’s either moving forward with new, fresh ideas with a great new mayor or a return to the same-old, same-old of Giuliano.