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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

06/22/10 Republican Conservative And Jim Himes Opponent Is All Over The Blogosphere

Rick Torres Stirs Emotions

By LennieGrimaldi

If you like your politics conservative, fiscally and socially, Rick Torres fits both.

Rick is a passionate pol who stirs passionate responses. He has qualified for the ballot to challenge GOP-endorsed State Senator Dan Debicella, a Bridgeport native, in an August primary the winner to face Fourth District Democratic Congressman Jim Himes. Rob Merkle, of Norwalk, founder of an executive search firm in Westport, has also qualified for the August primary. Merkle is a favorite of some Tea Party types, such as it is in Fairfield County. So who’s Rick Torres?

(See a snapshot of his bio below.) Torres lives in Black Rock and operates Harborview Market, a popular neighborhood gathering spot. Rick toiled in Bridgeport Democratic politics for a while as an outsider. He was so outside as an establishment fighter that it was better to become a Republican. In 2003 he almost became mayor, losing the general election to John Fabrizi who had become chief executive following Joe Ganim’s resignation following his conviction on corruption charges.

The early fall of 2003 was dicey for Democrats. The electorate was angry, Fabrizi had served as city council president while Ganim was mayor, Mario Testa was party leader. Fabrizi survived a tough primary against Caruso and others. As the general election closed in Republican and Democratic polls showed the race was even. That’s not good for Dems who enjoy a major registration advantage. Testa decided it would be good to resign to take heat off Fabrizi. The editorial board of the Connecticut Post did not believe Rick had the right temperament to be mayor. A statement Rick made about the minority community lifting themselves up was interpreted as insensitive. Fabrizi won the election.

Rick did not go away, nor did his controversial swagger. In the summer of 2007 Rick, as the local GOP chair, endorsed Democratic State Rep. Chris Caruso, the mayoral primary challenger to party-endorsed Bill Finch, arguing the best way to cleanse the city’s Democratic political system was to get behind the guy who’d powerwash it into the Pequonnock River. Local Republicans threw a fit over Rick endorsing a Dem and removed Torres as party leader.

When challengers emerged this year to take on Himes, former State Senator Rob Russo had the majority of the Bridgeport GOP support. Undeterred, Torres jumped in as well claiming the throne of conservatism. Russo’s campaign never took flight, Debicella’s fundraising efforts and district-wide campaigning propelled him to the party endorsement. Taking out Debicella is a tall task. He has money and organizational support. But he must safeguard his money for the general election. Torres has a history of whistling to his own tune. He won’t go away quietly. He has been endorsed by economic guru Peter Schiff who’s trying to slay GOP-endorsed Linda McMahon for the right to challenge Dick Blumenthal in November.

From Rick Torres:

Rick Torres, who is running for the Republican nomination in Connecticut’s 4th District, the seat currently held by Jim Himes, has issued the following statement on the Secretary of State’s announcement regarding ballot qualifiers today. Torres is excited to have his ideas aired alongside those of fellow Republicans Robert Merkle and Dan Dibecella.

“This is going to be an exciting race and, I believe, a definitive race for the nation. The voters of Connecticut’s Fourth have clear choices between a candidate who has as his base, the Republican establishment and a candidate who has the support of some of the louder voices in the Tea Party movement. In me they have a third choice: a candidate who derives his support from regular folks across the District who just simply want to be left alone to raise their families and run their businesses.

“I have struggled and fought from the time that my family fled Cuba and have risen from the oppression of the public housing system to have my name on a ballot for United States Congress. It is really quite an honor and I am happy that the voters had the faith in me to sign my nomination papers.

“It is an interesting year to be in a race. So many want to hold on to their power and others are just swinging wildly because they are angry. We need a reasoned dialogue with the people because it is their lives and their freedoms that are at stake here. Insiders must put aside their allegiances and some in the debate must tone down their anger. We need to come up with real solutions to restore our nation to her place as a shining light for democracy around the globe.”

Torres, who was born in Bridgeport, moved back to his family’s native Cuba when he was a young boy. It took his father five years after Fidel Castro came to power to secure permission to return to America’s shores. In 1967, Rick and his brother were brought back to Bridgeport—with not much more than the clothes on their backs. The family lived across from the PT Barnum Public Housing Project and Torres worked his way through college in a series of construction trades jobs. He eventually studied for a PhD in microbiology but, like many folks, had to quit graduate school in order to support his young family.

Torres and Michelle, his wife of 27 years, started a series of small businesses, working double shifts for years. Eventually, they bought Harborview Market: a once thriving neighborhood store which had fallen on desperate times. Harborview is once again a successful business and was the site of today’s press conference.

In 2003, Rick ran for Mayor of Bridgeport on the Republican Ticket. Prior to his Mayoral run, Rick took an active role in a number of neighborhood and community organizations, and ran for several local government offices. Rick and Michele have five children: John, Alex, Michael, Kaitlyn, and Gabbi. They live in Bridgeport.

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06/22/10 Former Massachusetts Governor and Tax Cutter Bill Weld Endorses Tom Foley

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Stamford, Conn., -- Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld today announced his endorsement of Tom Foley for Governor of Connecticut. William Weld was the highly respected Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997.

"I support Tom Foley for Governor," said Governor Weld. "I know from experience that it is possible to bring a state back from the brink of financial ruin if you have the right person in office. Connecticut needs a strong leader who is not part of the political establishment in Hartford to get the state back on track. Tom is that leader. He has a viable plan to turn the state around and the experience to execute it effectively."

The endorsement of Governor Weld, coupled with the most recent Quinnipiac Poll showing Tom leading his closest Republican rival by 27 points, shows that Tom's vision and plan for Connecticut are resonating with voters across the state.

Tom released the following statement regarding receiving Governor Weld's endorsement:

"I am very happy to have Governor Weld's endorsement. He is a problem-solver who became Governor of Massachusetts at a time when the state was in a position much like the one Connecticut faces now. Its bond rating was low, unemployment was high, and its state legislature was borrowing money to pay for its fiscal recklessness. Governor Weld was able to bring Massachusetts back from financial disaster by reducing expenses, improving the business climate, and bringing back jobs and the economy. That is exactly what Connecticut needs to do now. I have the experience, leadership, and plan to reduce our state government's wasteful spending, make us more employer friendly, and get Connecticut working again."

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06/22/10 vineyard vines and USO Invite You to Support Operation Enduring Care

Good afternoon,

I wanted to be sure that you know about tomorrow’s event at vineyard vines to benefit the USO’s Operation Enduring Care.

If you have any special media requests, pre-, during- or post-event, please let me know. I’m happy to help facilitate any interviews with USO representatives that you may need.

Thank you for your consideration. Please see invitation below – and I’ve attached a release as well.


vineyard vines is pleased to announce their partnership with the United Services Organization. Please join us, Wednesday June 23, 5:00 - 7:00pm at vineyard vines Greenwich. Please RSVP to vineyardvines@usonyc.org


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06/22/10 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS: Re: address for Citi Center Cafe Inc

The restaurant is already closed that is why I want the Citi Center address.


Greenwich Roundup wrote:
Dear Nancy,

Here is your info;

On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 9:07 AM, Nancy Cave <nancy.cave@manhattan.edu> wrote:
I read your article on Antipasti being owned by Citi Center and was wondering if you had an address for CitiCenter or know in what city they are located. I have $100.00 in gift certificates for Antipasti and would like to write to this Citi Center.

Thank you

Citi Center Café Inc., doing business as Antipasti, was accused of collecting and then failing to report sales-tax receipts in excess of $56,000 between Nov. 1, 2007, and Nov. 1, 2008.

Dear Nancy,

You Could travel To Their Riverside Restaurant, CT Restaurant, Pomodoro Pizzeria & Trattoria And See If They Will Honor The Gift Certificate.


1247 East Putnam Avenue
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(203) 698-7779

The owners, Tim Gaglio and Mark Mazzotta, also own Amore Pizzeria and Pasta with locations on Broadway in Thornwood and Main Street in Armonk.

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